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Friday, September 11, 2009

Kamban Koozh(Pearl Millet Porridge)


Pearl millet known as Bajra, Kambu is largely grown as grains under hot, dry conditions on infertile soils where other crops generally fail...Pearl millet is a food crop in developing countries like Asia, and particularly in Africa.It is estimated that over 95% of pearl millet production is used as food, the remaining being divided between animal and poultry feed, other uses as seed, bakery products, snacks, etc.With a texture much like brown rice, pearl millet can be cooked like rice. After it has been soaked for a couple of hours, pearl millet in it’s whole grain form cooks like rice in about 20 minutes.Increasing in volume more than any other grain, a cup of dry millet expands to three cups of cooked millet which takes on the form of a fluffy, delicate flavored hot cereal you will definitely appreciate.Pearl millet is used in flat breads or mixed up to 25% with wheat flour for use in yeast breads.Dry flour when mixed with biscuit, bread and roll dough adds a crunchy texture and brings variety to the baked goods...Pearl millet grain is comparatively high in protein and has a good amino acid balance....Pearl Millet is a principal source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals for millions of the poorest people in the regions where it is cultivated.This porridge is one the traditional kongu dish where people prepare either for their breakfast as porridge and for lunch as main dish with pickles or any gravies..Its a real complete food for a long day, as pearl millets are really high in calorie as they do wonders to growing kids and pregnant ladies.Pearl millet is a gluten free grain and is the only grain that retains it’s alkaline properties after being cooked which is ideal for people with wheat allergies.This simple porridge goes to RCI-Kongunadu Cuisine guest hosted by me, event started by Lakshmi..


1cup Kambu flour/Bajra flour
3cups Water
Salt
1cup Buttermilk

Mix a cup of bajra with a cup of water as smooth paste, allow to ferment overnight..Next day, bring boil two cups of water with enough salt and once it starts boiling, add the bajra paste and keep stirring continously on medium heat for 15 minutes, wet you finger and dip ur finger in the porridge, if the porridge sticks to your finger, its not yet cooked..

Let cool the cooked bajra porridge..mix in a cup of buttermilk and serve with onions, pickles or thick coconut chutney..

23 comments:

Suparna said... Reply To This Comment

wooooooooooooooooow!your blog looks very beautiful priya!! very pleasant and elegantly done :)
the porridge looks comforting dear ...thanks for the recipe
TC

Jaishree said... Reply To This Comment

Kambu Koozh looks yum & tasty priya.. my husband like this kanji ..Thanks for sharing:)

notyet100 said... Reply To This Comment

mmm,..this looks like perfect comfort food,..

Shama Nagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

healthy koozh dear...

Sunanda said... Reply To This Comment

looks yummmmm! recipe is new to me ..ll try ths soon...

rekhas kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

never tried this one at home priya but I tasted at my friends place that s very healthy and delicious too hummm.

priya said... Reply To This Comment

looks so yum yum......perfect n healthy!

Valarmathi said... Reply To This Comment

Healthy and yummy one.

Curry Leaf said... Reply To This Comment

New recipe to me Priya.Never tried Bajra in a drink

Mrs.Menagasathia said... Reply To This Comment

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Nandini said... Reply To This Comment

Very authentic dish! Heard about it ,but never tasted or seen it before. Pass me the cup! :D

Sushma Mallya said... Reply To This Comment

A healthy dish and Nice pic priya...

Sarah Naveen said... Reply To This Comment

Porridge looks so healthy and gorgeously yumm!!

Happy cook said... Reply To This Comment

This is a real new dish for me and love the pic.

Vrinda said... Reply To This Comment

Porridge is always comforting.Porridge with pearl millet is new to me,sounds healthy..Liked ur new layout Priya..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said... Reply To This Comment

Looks lovely, reminds me of my friend who eats this with small onion and green chilli.

srinithya said... Reply To This Comment

wow, every day delicious recipes and you got a attractive blog

Shaista Tabrez said... Reply To This Comment

full of nutrition...
u can send it to Radhika's Food for Life Zero hour event at http://sourashtrakitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/theme-of-month-sep-2009-pregnancy-zero.html

Divya Kudua said... Reply To This Comment

New blog layout looks great Priya:).Ragi is something I am yet to experiment with:)

kamalabhoopathy said... Reply To This Comment

traditional and healthy dish

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

Very classic Koozh! Looks perfect!

Gita said... Reply To This Comment

This makes a healthy brekafast Priya...love your presentation :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said... Reply To This Comment

very classy presentation..