How to Use a Pedavan?
It's super simple.
Pedavan is a traditional Konkani steamer.(No, I do not mean that it steams Konkanis.) It consists of three main parts - a big vessel, a lid and molds. The molds could be idli molds, dokhla molds, or you can even use plates that fit into Pedavan.
The idea is that you fill in (about) a cup of water at the bottom of the pedavan and place the mold you are using in the pedavan, close the lid and steam. Make sure that water does not touch the bottom of your mold. I hope you can see the water at the bottom of the vessel and please.. please ignore the burnt marks at the bottom of the vessel.
You can also see the dokhla mold( (with handles) which I have strategically placed at the top of the vessel. Note the perforations in the mold. They are very strategically designed to let only steam in but not the let batter out (osmosis? reverse osmosis? Or am I just kidding?).
So, you grease the mold, pour the batter into it, fill the mold about ¾. Place the mold gently into the Pedavan just like in the picture below.
The bright spot you see is NOT the batter but the light above my dining table. But I guess, you already knew that.
Close the lid and steam.