Ari Kondattam, also known as rice crisp fries or rice vadagam is a very famous one all over South India. This is the best accompaniment with sambar rice, Puliogare, coconut rice. etc. Ari Kondattam is one of the easiest snacks that can be prepared with very limited ingredients. The rice flour is mixed in water along with cumin seeds, salt and boiled till it becomes a idly batter consistency. Then it is spread in a plastic sheet in the hot sun and dried for a week. Try this dish only in summers when the sun is at its peak so the kondattam turns out fine. This is stored in a container and fried in oil to serve whenever is needed. When you have unexpected guests you can serve Rice Crisp Fries with any dish of your choice. Kids love the Rice Crisp Fries and it is healthy. You can also enjoy the crispy snack with a cup of hot tea. You can explore a well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.
Coconut/Refined Oil(As required to fry the Kondaattam) -
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For preparing the delicious snack, take about 8 cups of water in a vessel and dissolve the Rice Flour in this water properly without leaving any granules etc.
Boil about 10 cups of water in another vessel and add the rice flour dissolved water into this boiled water and stir it well.
Add Cumin seeds also into this mix and stir it further (if required, add some Pepper powder/granules also into this mix to make the Kondaattam spicy).
Then boil this mix further, adding required quantity of Salt in it, in medium flame(the mix should be stirred continuously). When the mix turns into the form of Iddaly batter (generally, this process will take about 5 – 10 minutes) put off the stove and allow to cool this mix for about 5 minutes time .
Then spread a clean cloth or plastic sheet in the court yard/open terrace or at any convenient place and change this rice flour batter into the cloth/plastic sheet by using a small bowl or medium size spoon. Each time, when you put the batter into the cloth/plastic sheet, spread it with the bowl/spoon on round shape as shown in above picture and allow to dry them well (this procedure will take one or two or even three days depending on the condition of sun light).
The delicious snack (raw) is ready
Heat Oil in a frying pan/Cheena chatty and then put this Kondattam into the Oil in small quantities and fry the Kondattam properly.
Fried snack is ready. This Kondattam can also be served along with evening Tea/Coffee etc.