Navane/Foxtail millet Sweet pongal

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Happy Sankrathi to all, I try to make healthy food most of the time like everyone, even during festival. I made this millet pongal, it was tastier than the rice pongal, and so it was a hit in both ways, tasty and healthy too. Nowadays I try to add millets in my daily routine. I have also made broken wheat pongal. Ok let’s start making millet pongal.

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HAPPY SANKRANTHI

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4 to 6 people

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 cup moong dal

1 cup millets

3/4th cup jaggery + ½ cup water

5 to 6 cloves

1 cup grated coconut

1 tsp eliche

1 tbsp mixed dry fruits (dry grapes, cashew and Badam)

1 tbsp ghee

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan dry roast the millet and moong dal separately, keep aside.

In another pan add ghee once heated add cloves and cashew. Keep aside.

Now add the roasted moong dal and millets in a pan mix well now add the grated jaggery, mix well, keep on sim flame let it cook slowly.

In another pan add jaggery, water, eliche and let the jaggery melt fully.

Once the jaggery is fully melted, add it to moong dal, millets, coconut mixture and mix well and let it cook, let it cook for 20 minutes or until done.

Once done add the remaining dry fruits and cloves and cashew roasted in ghee and then it’s done.

NOTES

I have added finely powdered badam.

You can make pongal with rice, broken wheat and any millet.

I have added badam powder and dry grapes without roasting , you can roast and then add it to pongal.

Badam if are sliced I do roast , but never dry grapes, because I feel it changes in its texture and taste.

Ps:I have not taken the cloves and cashew roasted in ghee.

 

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Ridge Gourd Kootu/Herekai kootu

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I never eat many vegetable, no I am not a non-veg person, I am pure vegetarian I don’t even eat eggs, you know that if you have been reading my blog, that’s why eggless bakes. So after making this recipe I eat this vegetable sigh. Ok and another thing is my DH is tambrahm a Tamil Iyengar, so now and then I try and make the Iyengar cuisines, it actually very simple and healthy I feel, so we mix and match and cook both type of cuisines mine and his, so I thought I will start the Iyengar cuisine I have started to experiment with, also so that I can remember what I did and it will be easier for me, when I want to do the same recipe again. I really like this recipe a lot so thought will start my Iyengar cuisines with this recipe. So here goes the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   Serves 3 to 4

What you will need

I cup Ridge gourd chopped

½ cup moong dal

Turmeric – ½ tsp

4 to 5 Green chillies

Pepper ½ tsp

Jeera 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tbsp

Grated coconut – ¼ cup

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 5

Red chillies – 3 cut into pieces

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How to make

First boil the moong dal, in a pan with water and turmeric, it will take 2o minutes to cook fully or you can pressure cook in a cooker. Once the moong dal is dome, add the chopped the ridge gourd and let it cook in sim, let it cook until done

In the mean time, in dry pan add the jeera, pepper,urad dal and chillies and dry fry it for 1 minute then add the grated coconut and fry it for another 1 minute, then let it cool., Once it cools grind it coarsely and keep it aside

In another pan add oil, once the oil is hot add mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves and keep it aside.

Now in the moong dal and Ridge gourd , add salt and coarsely grind powder and mix well and it cook for 10 more minutes and then add the tadka and the kootu is ready to serve with chapatti or hot rice.

Notes

Cooking the moong dal in the cooker reduces the cooking time.

I prefer dal to be in shape I don’t like the mashed dal, most of the time the dal will be mashed when cooked in cooker.

Broken wheat pongal

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I and amma make ponagl using broken wheat it’s easier than the rice pongal. We started including broken wheat in our diet from past 7 to 8 years ago; coz rice is not always good. We have rice only in the noon, so when we have to make pongal or bisibelebath for breakfast we use broken wheat and there is no difference between rice pongal and broken wheat pongal. I also thought of introducing Indian breakfast menu specifically south Indian breakfast, so I thought will start with this healthy recipe. So let’s get to the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30
Makes:   Serves 2

What you will need

½ cup moong dal

½ cup broken wheat (roasted for 5 minutes or until there is this wheat aroma)

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 inch finely chopped or finely grated

2 chillies slit

1 tsp peppercorn crushed

1 tsp jeera crushed

Curry leaver 10 to 15

Coriander ¼ cup finely

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp grated coconut

½ tbsp oil

2 cups water

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How to make

In a pan add the moong dal and dry roast it or add little oil and roast it for 2 to 3 minutes then add water and turmeric and let it boil for 14 to 20 minutes, check if the dal is cooked if its cooked add the ginger, coconut and salt and let it boil for 5 more minutes then add the broken wheat and let it cook for sim for 10 minutes or until its cooked.

In another pan add the oil, once the oil is heat add the crushed jeera, pepper , chillies and curry leaves, then off the stove and ass the coriander and mix well, then add the seasoning/ tadka with cooked moong dal and broken wheat, heat it for 2 minutes it ready to serve with some ghee on top.

Notes

You can make this pongal using rice too.

You can reduce the moong dal quantity but I prefer equal quantity.

Broken wheat should be dry roasted before using.