Thursday, April 24, 2008

Quiz: Please help!

Being part of the Arusuvai chain, started by Valli, Latha and Bharathy, I was very excited to get my mystery ingredient from Harini. Basically, its a food chain where one person sends a mystery ingredient to another. The recipient has to identify the ingredient, use it in a dish and blog about it before passing another mystery ingredient onto someone else. The lovely package arrived yesterday, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since!



She sent me a very useful visiting card CD in a great pouch, and a letter on Arusuvai stationery (that was really amazing, Harini!)!! The most exciting part was the mystery ingredient and I must say, its caused a lot of heated discussions in my family. We have grand bets riding on it. Since Harini hasn't told me what it is yet, I'm opening this up to all of you. Here's a photo of the ingredient:





Its odorless, and, for the most part, taste-less - sort of like ground raw rice. After much pleading, she revealed some clues and asked me to ask all of you - so please help me win the bet!

These were my initial guesses: Green Gram Flour, Soya Flour or Raw Rice Flour. After being told it was none of the above, she wrote this:

No, it is none of these - it is something gluten free, is used vastly as an alternative flour when making 'upvas ka khana' in Maharashtra and Gujarat, also used for making cakes by gluten intolerant people. The grains of the flour are used for making laddoos here!

So, all you lovely knowledgeable bloggers out there, give me your thoughts...

16 comments:

bhagyashri said...

Hi Arundathi,
It is quite difficult to tell by just looking at it, but going by the clues given it looks like Rajgira (Amaranthus) flour. I googled for the English word :)
Love your blog and enjoy reading it!

Swati Raman Garg said...

hey is it kuttu ka aata or singhare ka aata.. well its videly used for upavaas food and kutte ke laddu are also famous.. its color is also very similar to it...

Raaga said...

kuttu or singhaade ka aatta

Arundathi said...

@ Bhagyashri - thanks! :) I enjoyed going through your blog too! Unfort. I have to wait for Harini to let us know!

@ Swati and Raaga - I suspect its Singhada too, but gonna wait for 24 hours until Harini confirms!

Srivalli said...

its the same...google for Chestnut Flour on images..you will see this

Miri said...

I think bhagyashri is right - it is rajgira. Chestnut flour or singhara is also used as upvas food but it is not a grain (which is the second part of the clue)

satya said...

It definitely is rajgira....the grains are used to make chikkis and laddus and the flour is used to make parathas and puris.

Sunshinemom said...

Hey Arundathi, C you got the right answer from the first person - it is amaranth or rajgira flour! I know it was bit tough - my apologies! But I wanted it to be something that is not usually prepared by a Tamilian family - otherwise what is the point of sending a 'mystery' ingredient, if it does not introduce you to new tastes, isn't it? Have fun with it - it blends easily into quite a few recipes as it is tasteless by itself!

Manasi said...

Rajgira flour!!!

DK said...

Luks like u figured it out! But i was going to say Sorghum since it luks almost like it :)

Good one though! :)

DK said...

Luks like u figured it out! But i was going to say Sorghum since it luks almost like it :)

Good one though! :)

karuna said...

ya there are no good indian chinese places here in san diego.nothing to come close to wht u get in india.
well as for the flour
its kutta ka atta.
i think

Arundathi said...

Thank you all! Sunshinemom (aka Harini) confirmed that it is Amaranth or Rajgira flour! Thanks Harini for a fabulous game figuring it out! Now I've gotta come up with some unusual dish! Thank you all for playing!!

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