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Rice flour starter August 26, 2007

Posted by live2cook in Breakfast, Sour dough.

All of us who write food blogs cannot deny a fact that cooking a dish is easier than writing a post about the dish. Those days when we are brimming with energy, words pour and ease the flow of writing. The write up will be satisfactory. On other not so energetic days, we feel the lack of such flow.

“I know I can cook. But am I able to write about it aptly?” is one among the doubts that stops newbies like me to enter the food blog world. But yet another undeniable fact is, we will find some or the other reason for writing a post, during the course of blogging.

Similar to this, we all agree upon a thing that, a good routine, started for fun will turn into addiction that we find no reason to stop it.

Well! Coming to the point, I started the “Sourdough Starter” with Rice flour and was waiting for a reason to write about it. As most of my recent posts are about Sourdough starter and Idly, I was little hesitant to write about the “Rice Starter”. But when sharmi of Neivedyam announced “Rice” as the ingredient for the event Jihva For Ingredients, I couldn’t resist writing about it. 😀

So this is it! My entry for this month’s JFI is “Rice Starter“.

Why I established a rice starter? During my trial and error process of Bread baking, I came to know about celiac disease. I decided that some day I will explore “Gluten Free Baking” and create some recipes that will help those in need. As the first step towards that decision, I established the Rice starter.


1 Cup rice flour
1 cup water


1. Mix the flour and the water in a non metallic bowl.
2. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and keep in a warm, dry place.
3. Keep undisturbed until few bubbles appear on the surface of the batter which tells the start of the fermentation process.
4. when the flour mixture started fermenting, remove half cup from the mixture and mix in 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup water
5. Continue the process for every 6 – 8 hours depending upon the time it takes to ferment again.
6. After 3 days of this process the starter will be ready and we can store it in the fridge.

Rice flour starter

Coffee from the spice cafe asked me why we remove 1/2 cup of the mixture and add the same amount of flour and water, while we establish a sourdough starter?

A starter gets the ability to raise the dough or batter, through aging. An aged starter means, it is well fermented and there are lots of living cultures in it which help the leavening process. We call the process of adding and removing of flour, water mixture as “Feeding”. To make a stater aged, we have to feed it frequently.

While learning to bake with gluten free flours, I thought of using the starter in recipes that I am confident about and that would never fail me. The wonder recipe is Idly 😉 . I prepared “Sago Idly” with the rice starter.


1 cup Active Rice starter
1 cup Tapioca Pearls (Javvarisi, sago, sabudhana)
1/2 cup warm water
2-3 green chillies, chopped
5-6 Curry leaves, chopped
3 teaspoons Salt


1. Mix the Starter, Tapioca Pearls and the half cup water.
2. Allow to ferment for 3 hours or doubled in volume (The time depends upon the age of the starter. For example, a year old starter takes less time than few days old starter)
3. Add the Green chilli, Curry leaves and Salt. Mix well.
4. Spoon to Greased Idly plates
5. Steam for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for few minutes and Serve.

sago idly1

sago idly2


This is yet another “No dal, No Grind” idly. I have tried Rice flakes, Sooji, Ragi idly with the rice starter and all of them turned out good. Establishing the starter is the time consuming task. But once we have the starter in hand, lots of options open up like this.

I thank Sharmi for giving me the opportunity to write about my Rice Starter. Please click the logo for more details about the JFI event hosted by her.


My First Meme! August 25, 2007

Posted by live2cook in General.

OK! Friends! I am Back!

My In-Laws are here. To help them in settling down and get comfortable, I gave a small break for blogging. Life is going good now. So, Let’s start chatting.

Suganya of “Tasty Palettes” Tagged me for the “Meme” – “Seven Random facts about myself”. Well! this is the first time I have been tagged! Though the game seemed easy at the first sight, it wasn’t that easy to write. I am presenting the facts in Question and answers style.

1.Who am I?

I am Priya. I live in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Married and Working mother of a 3 year old.

2.Why do I blog and Why I named my blog so?

I was looking for friends with similar interest and passion for cooking and finally found them in blog sphere. I needed a place to invite them and hence built my blog.

When we say “good living”, it denotes both health and wealth. I believe, Home cooking saves money and gives good health. The word “cooking” comprises of everything like measuring, mixing and so on. Making things palatable and presenting it with perfection are the aims of cooking. We hate eating food that is not palatable.

“Good living” can be achieved through “good cooking”, which is one of my beliefs. That is why I named my blog “Live to cook” with the explanation “Cook for living good and live for cooking good“.

3. Two characters that I consider a Plus of mine:

I am good at setting up a routine for day to day life. Any thing that I feel as a good thing to do, I will include it in my routine and follow consistently. I work hard to accomplish them than give up on them.

I love to explore new things.

4. Two characters that I consider as a minus:

I am too traditional and conservative when it comes to family life.

I am very poor at socializing. Blogging helps in over coming this. Now, I am learning to balance everything. Soon, I will amaze my friends with prompt reply to the comments left at my blog. 😀

5. What am I reading now?

Aladdin, The Lion King for my 3 year old son. 🙂

6. What are my hobbies?

Recipe collection and cooking is my all time favorite. I love hand crafts. These bead works were done by me long time back.

Lord Ganesha:


Lord Venkatesha and Padmavathy:


7. What am I dreaming about, right now?

I am dreaming about my own house with spacious kitchen and a good back yard for gardening. 🙂

Thank you Suganya, for tagging me. It gave me an opportunity to think about myself.