Thursday, January 10, 2019

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM 6 comments
Karumbucharu - kalkandu pongal.......
a new combo, right? i have made it newer by combining brown rice and millet also along.
Sugarcane juice is so rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and other electrolytes, and hence is well suited for dehydration. Has  low  glycemic index and is good for diabetics, Ayurveda says, it relieves constipation, prevents tooth decay, helps fight against fatigue, treats kidney stones and urinary infections, strengthens your liver and hence treats jaundice.
Brown rice again a highly nutritious grain, good for heart and protects against cancer. undoubtedly the vegetarian protein source, contains vitamins and minerals, provides anti oxidants, is a gluten-free food, and is high in fiber.
So, just imagine, how healthy this pongal is going to be, when it has all goody goody things...
Oh, I forgot, coconut milk is also there, which is great to cure mouth ulcers, improves digestion and helps prevent anemia.

Brown rice - 1/8 cup
Millet - 1/8 cup
Split moong dhal - 2 tbsps
Kalkandu - 1/8 cup
Sugar cane juice - 11/2 cups
Coconut milk - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Mace powder - a pinch
Saffron a few strands
Ghee - 2 tsps
Few broken cashews and raisins

Recipe cuisine: South Indian; Category: Neivedhyams/lunch/dinner/breakfast
Prep time: 15 mts; Cooking time: 15 mts

Yields a very small bowl of pongal (which is shown above)

Brown rice, foxtail millet and broken moong taken as per measurement, washed and soaked in hot water for 1/2 hour.

Cut sugarcane pieces (roughly 2 1/2 cups)

First pulse them, then add some water and grind well, strain and take out the juice.

Remove water from the brown rice, add the measured sugar cane juice(if it is less, add some water), add the saffron strands, and pressure cook for 7-8 whistles.

The cooked brown rice-millet

Mash well

Kalkandu taken in the blender jar, and coarsely powdered

and added to the mashed brownrice-millet

Add the coconut milk, cardamom powder and mace powder, mix well, and cook on slow flames for 5 minutes.

Add the cashews and raisins, roasted in 2 tsps ghee.

Here is a healthy pongal, with a twist!!!

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*Jaggery can also be added in place of kalkandu
*Coconut milk is optional. But certainly, it lends an extra flavor to the pongal.
*Brown rice and millet can be replaced by anything of our choice..i.e., white rice or broken wheat.


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