Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hittu/Khotte - Idlis steamed in Jackfruit leaves-Step by Step Recipe


Hittu/Khotte is a total amchigele(Konkani) food according to me.I mean,in which cuisine can you find idlis steamed in jackfruit leaves?To many(almost every other person who’s not an amchi),this is labour-collecting and cleaning jackfruit leaves(also called as ‘kholli/khotte paan’),collecting shigir/small sticks used to join the leaves together(even though these days its easy to use toothpick as a substitute),and yeah joining the leaves together-that is one big hiccup.You ask ten people how to join the leaves for khotte and you’ll get ten different ideas.But the point is,if you can do it without any batter leaking from the khotte,you are doing it fine.
There are several occasions in the Konkani calendar where Khotte is made.At my place,the toppers were during “suthan punav” or “aavani avittam”-the yearly ceremony of changing jannave/sacred thread,various “parab”s throughout the year-Samsar padavo/Ugadi,Diwali,Aarat and many other.And yeah,how could I forget the main one-when I land in Ekm,that is one big festival right?*wink wink*.Jokes apart,amma makes it whenever she can lay her hands on khotte paan and she makes sure it is made for breakfast one of the days am there.
Same goes with my ma-in-law.She makes it at least once every fortnight.Khotte paan is available in abundance at her sis’s farm so that one is easy.I think,ma-in-law is the only person I have seen who makes the khotte with such ease.She makes it so fast,before you can learn to make one,she would have finished making the whole batch.Whenever she has family/guests coming over,it goes without saying that khotte is on the breakfast table.

I got some lovely khotte paan when they came here during Xmas.She made one big batch for breakfast one day and kept some leaves for me to experiment upon.Quite reluctantly,I started the process of making khotte.I had double duty,to take the pics too as I made it.I don’t think my khottes came anywhere near to my ma-in-law’s or amma’s for that matter and they didn’t look as pretty too,but as they say not even a single drop of batter leaked through it,so its fine.


You'll need

Jackfruit leaves
Shigir/sticks or toothpicks
Pedavan/Idli steamer

Let me try and guide you through the process of making khotte.

Clean the jackfruit leaves by wiping them with a wet kitchen towel & arrange them together according to their size(small,medium&large).
Cut the sticks/shigir to small pieces and keep aside-you could also use toothpick if shigir is not available.
Take four leaves of the same size together and hold like this-one on top of each other.
Join the four leaves together using a shigir/stick-you could use more than one shigir for joining-whichever you are comfortable with.This is called "pathravali",this process is done first with all the leaves and then at the end the khotte mould is made.Once you finish making pathravalis,start making the moulds.Join two leaves together with the shigir like this,take care there isn't any gap between the leaves.Follow the same method at the opposite side of the joined part-this makes it easier for joining rest of the parts.
Now join the other two sides together and the mould will get this shape.
Do not worry if you don't get the perfect shape the first time you make it-keep trying and you'll get it right.I am satisfied if my khotte is made without any gaps/holes in between and it holds its shape when kept straight.Now you can start making the khotte-you could cut three stems and keep only one for easier handling.Pour batter in the moulds-do not fill it to the brim-upto ¾ is fine.
Carefully place the batter filled khotte mould into a Pedavan-Idli steamer.Arrange the khotte in such a way that they stand straight or else the batter will leak and the khotte will lose its shape.Steam for about 20-30 minutes and the khotte should be done.The colour of the leaves will change from dark green to pale green(mine did not have much difference because the leaves I used were not so fresh and were kept in the fridge for sometime).Peel off the leaves and serve hot with Coconut chutney or Channe ghashi.For more flavour,pour few drops of coconut oil on the hot khotte and then serve,tastes divine.

Incidentally,this is my 200th post and what better way to celebrate than having this special Konkani Breakfast!! I am very happy that I completed a double century and I hope to post many more traditional and experimental(!!) recipes!!

40 comments :

  1. Wish to have this idli rite now...missing this sort of delicious breakfast goodie..

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  2. This is one of my favourites and I was literally drooling as i was seeing ur pics...great...congrats on completing 200 posts...

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  3. khotto looks yummy.. great post with step by step pics..Congratulations dear :)

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  4. good one..very good pictures..

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  5. Congrats on your 200th. Wishing many more hundreds.

    Never heard of these kind of idlis. Loved the step-by-step pics of making the mould. Good job. I am sure the idlis taste better with the flavor of the leaves added to it.

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  6. Wow it looks so authentic.
    I have never had idlies steams in jackfruit leaves.
    Love the idea,

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  7. Beautiful and traditional. My ajji makes Kotte Idlis too, savory and jackfruit sweet idlis. I haven't had them in yrs!! Thanks for posting D, nice to look at them atleast!:))

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  8. Oh, congratulations on 200th post. Enjoy blogging! :)
    I am approaching 150th at FH with slow pace since I post only one post a week! Aroma! blog is running faster than FH! :D

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  9. I love hittu...made it only ones after coming here..in steel glasses :(...it will take time for me to make a traditional one since those jackfruit leaves are not available here...great step by step instructions..good one divs...:)

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  10. Congratulations on your 200th post. Way to go, girl!! Keep it up. Loved your post. Khotte, jackfruit leaves, step by step pictures and PedavaN, reminded me of my grandmother. Thanks for bringing back some beautiful memories!!

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  11. Wow Amazing..I remember stiching the leaves together..but have forgotten..I have not heard of this dish..but looks yummmm...

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  12. Divu, loved ur pictorial on Khotto! I hv never attempted wt ponsa paan :( though relished on mom made several times..drops of coconut oil on hot-ones, we are out of this world! The flavor too amazing!
    CONGRATS ON 2ND CENTURY--WAY TO GO!

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  13. Good job with the leaves, Divya!! You are so right about the extra work w/ the leaves... I used to feel the same, when I first saw my MIL do it. But now I know, it does add a wonderful flavor!! yours looks almost perfect!! :)

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  14. That looks fluffy and nice.. Beautifully pinned leaves..

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  15. never tried this idli..nice pictorial discription ..congratulations on 200th post

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  16. I've read about this in so many blogs that I am waiting to get a taste of it. Like your step by step pics.
    Congrats on the double century.

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  17. Wow, khotte, i'm drolling.. Love this with sambar or chutney or Kai halu.. Yummy !! Miss it a lot over here!! Wonderful pic !!

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  18. Wow..I am drooling now..My mom used to make this.It tastes so good..I dont get jackfruit leaves here.

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  19. Oh gal that is work of art! I never tasted but the flavor should be great!

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  20. I am never ever going to find jackfruit leaves where I live, but I loved reading about this traditional dish anyway. Nice job, Divya.

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  21. Wonderful step by step pictorial Divya. Needless to say, mouth-watering looking at the hittu..Yours have come out very neat. Congrats on ur 2nd century and wishing you many more :)

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  22. Such a nice authentic presentation, Wish i could taste some.Very well presented Divya.

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  23. u make me drool divya...hittu chanda distha....u remind me my childhood days...plzz pass me that plate soon..

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  24. Yum yum yum.No words for this beauty.Congrats on 200th post.I am just half way only.Perfectly turned out and great step by step pics.

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  25. Looks really fantastic! Those traditional recipes, though a little painstaking, come out so good! We make something out of ripe jackfruit and rice flour steamed either in jackfruit leaves or bay leaves too.

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  26. I have seen them in other blogs, how I wish we could get jackfruit tree leaves to try them ! they look gr8

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  27. looks so traditional,..hnks for sharin,..

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  28. Divya..this is insanely delish! love th idea of jackfruit leaves..

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  29. Wow Divya,a really beautiful & inspiring pictorial.
    Guess what,my friend got these yesterday in her dabba,and I never even thought of asking her how it was made(just thought there must be some spl kinda mould).
    I've got a Jackfruit tree in my backyard and I'm gonna try these out very soon for sure.
    Happy 200th post-birthday to your BLOG!!

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  30. this is so wonderful. i love the step by step pics! very traditional and the flavour must be great after steaming:-)

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  31. Thats an awesome demonstration Divya, never saw this anywhere else on internet :)

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  32. wowwwwwwwwww delecious looking idlis divya

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  33. though that is lot of work for an idli, it sounds quite interesting......never tasted it :(

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  34. well explained divya and congrats on completing 200 posts!! keep going :)

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  35. congrats on 200 posts, and congrats for a great post! Loved the step by step with photos. Have never tasted this, but saw a documentary on TV, where they use jack fruit leaves, turmeric leaves, and a whole lot of other leaves as well! Awesome!

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  36. Wow a post on hittu. U are making my mouth water. Congrats on ur 200th post.

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  38. Dear Friends,

    As you have experienced the fact of this delicious way of making Idlis, we are pioneering the same concept and would like to deliver at your doorstep.
    Presently we are taking orders only from family and friends and with continous feedback and suggestion this is the first time we would like to introduce ourself to the rest of the world and would be happy to serve you all.
    In lieu of the same we would like to serve only the Khotte (container ) at your service.
    For further Inquiries please call us on the following Numbers or email us.

    1. 09867127445
    2. 022-26460014

    E-MAIL : ramdas_rao12@rediff.com

    Note : Presently we are based in Mumbai and will able to take orders only within Mumbai.

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Divya.

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