Uthappams – the word is derived from appam, which is a rice pancake – are South India’s fantastic br...
1 whole chicken (free range and organic if possible) with parsons nose and fat surrounding cavity cut away and reserved
3-4 cm ginger, sliced and bashed
5 spring onions knotted together
1 clove garlic, peeled and bashed
2 Tbs shaoxing rice wine
2 Tbs light soy
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
Water to cover the chicken
1 spring onion, sliced finely
1 Tbs deep fried shallots
3 cups jasmine rice, washed 3 times and drained in a sieve
Parson's nose + fat from cavity
2-3 Tbs vegetable or peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped finely
2 slices of ginger, 5mm thick, bashed
1-2 pandan leaves, tied into a knot
1 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups chicken stock from poaching chicken
4-5 red long red chillies, sliced roughly
4-5 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced roughly
1/4 cup white vinegar
1-2 Tbs caster sugar
1 tsp salt
8 stalks spring onions, sliced finely
6-7cm ginger, peeled, grated finely
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/3 cup vegetable or peanut oil
Stuff all ingredients into chicken cavity then lower chicken, with cavity facing up, into a stock pot. Cover with water and bring to boil.
Cover, turn heat off and leave for 30 minutes. Return to a gentle heat and simmer gently, covered for another 45 minutes to an hour. Skim frothy impurities and oil off surface of the stock as it cooks. Strain through sieve to remove bits and bones.
Return to pot, add salt, cover and set aside. To test if the chicken is cooked through, lift chicken by one of the legs and if it pulls away easily where the thigh joins the body, it is done. Remove pot from heat. Keep bird in the stock until ready to serve.
To render chicken fat out slowly, heat oil, parson’s nose and fat from cavity in a large non-stick saucepan, on low heat.
When the pieces of fat have shrunken considerably and a little browned, add the garlic and ginger and sauté until they are both fragrant and slightly golden.
Add rice and toast for a few seconds. Add salt, pandan and stock. Stir and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes with lid ajar, until most of the stock has been absorbed and pits dot the surface of the rice.
Cover and reduce to the lowest heat possible for another 10 minutes, then remove from heat and rest for an additional 15 minutes before uncovering and fluffing up with a fork or chopsticks. Cover and set aside.
Blitz all ingredients in a blender until smooth. At the end, balance with more vinegar, sugar or salt if required.
Combine spring onion, ginger and salt in a small bowl. Heat oil in a small saucepan on high heat until smoking and stand back while you pour this over the aromatics and salt as it will spit. To avoid mess,sit your bowl in the sink for this process.
Assembling the dish:
Remove chicken from the stock, (remove skin if you wish) debone, slice into 2cm wide pieces and arrange neatly in a pile on a dinner plate.
Reduce stock on a boil for 5-10 minutes. Season further if required.
Serve about 1 cup of broth in 4 individual bowls, garnish each bowl with chopped spring onions and deep fried shallots.
Press rice into a small rice bowl, then invert on individual dinner plates.
Place all other elements at the centre of the table to share.