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Aloo Palak

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I love green gravies because of the vibrant color. Usually I prefer either finely chopped onions/ ground onion in my gravies, but for a change this time I thinely sliced onion and added little chat masala to the Aloo palak (Am I crazy????) But believe me the gravy was super duper hit in home. Jagadish  kept asking me what did I add extra this time.  When a little change can make hubby think its a happy smiley 🙂

Checkout my other recipes with Spinach and potato

Spinach Corn gravy

Keerai pappu

Oats Cracked Wheat Dhokla

Pesto

Potato Curry

Potato Tikka

Potato Fry

Potato Wedges

Microwave Potato Chips

Spinach Potato Gravy

Preparation Time : 5 min | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Spinach –  2 cups

Potato –  2, big

Onion – 1, thinely sliced

Green Chilli – 1 ( Adjust according to your spice level)

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Chat masala – 1/4 tsp

Sugar –  generous pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt -as needed

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Method:

  • Pressure cook potatoes until tender (for about 2 whistles or microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes). Peel off the skin and cut into bite-sized pieces and keep aside
  • Rinse the spinach well in water. Boil water with pinch of sugar and salt. Add the spinach to the boiling water. Cook and switch off the flame, after 3-5 mins drain and quickly pour cold water over the spinach. Transfer them into a blender and make fine paste, with green chilli

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  • Add oil to the pan, when oil becomes hot add cumin seeds and it splutters. Add onion and ginger garlic paste and saute till the onions are translucent

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  • Add the cooked  potatoes and saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder, garam masala,  chat masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt; gently mix everything cook till the potatoes are well coated with masala

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  •  Add spinach puree and cook for 3 – 4 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Add water if you think the gravy is too thick
  • Sugar helps to retain the green color in spinach
  • To make rich Can add milk/fresh cream/coconut milk to the gravy
  • Whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom etc) can be added
  • Butter can be added for flavour
  • Tomatoes can be added while cooking onion
  • As chat masala already contains salt adjust the salt accordingly

Cornmeal Pancake

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Pancake is hubby’s favorite weekend breakfast.  I had already Posted Eggless Pancake and Eggless Whole Wheat Strawberry pancake. Had yellow cornmeal in pantry so tried pancake with yellow corn meal and whole wheat. It is healthy and yummy breakfast for adults and kids. My toddler loved this pancake.

On a different note, TraditionallyModernFood is in Sulekha:-) I was excited when sulekha approached me to post recipes in indiapulse.Sulekha.com.

Cornmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

Yellow Cornmeal – 3/4 cup

Whole Wheat – 3/4 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp

Sugar – 3 tbsp (I used brown sugar) Adjust sugar according to your sweetness

Salt – 1/8 tsp

Wet Ingredients:

Milk – 1 cup + 3 tbsp

Egg – 1

Vanilla – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp

Butter –  2 tbsp + 1tsp, melted

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Method:

  • In a bowl add all the dry Ingredients; mix well and Set aside
  • In a separate bowl beat the eggs well; add milk and vanilla extract, and whisk well

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  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently. Pour melted butter (microwaved for 15 secs) and stir once. Set batter aside for 10 minutes

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  • Heat an iron skillet or a non-stick pan on low to medium heat. Reduce heat to low and pour a ladle full of batter in the center of the pan. Do not spread the batter. Allow it to spread on its own. Add little butter around the edges. Cook the pancake on low medium heat for half a minute or until bubbles appear over the pancake

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  • When the pancake turns to a nice golden shade, flip it over and cook for half a minute and transfer to the serving plate
  • Serve warm, topped with butter/honey/Maple Syrup/Powdered Sugar/Caramel syrup/butterscotch syrup/Fruit syrup

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Notes:

  • All purpose flour can be used instead of wheat
  • Any extracts like almond, butterscotch etc. Can be used for flavour
  • Cinnamon powder can be added
  • Oil can be used instead of butter
  • Use 1 tbsp of flax seed powder/ 1 chia seed with 3 tbsp of water to replace egg. 1/2 cup of mashed banana/ 3 tbsp of Peanut Butter /1/4 cup of unsweetned Apple sauce can also be used to replace egg

Tomato Biryani

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Variety rice are easy to make  and a perfect lunch box food. Usually I prepare tomato rice with just tomato and onion. After cooking coconut rice with coconut milk, I want to try coconut milk with tomato rice and prepared tomato biryani.

Tomato Biryani

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Tomatoes – 3, finely chopped

Onion – 1 large sliced thinly

Spring onion – 3

Peas – 1/4 cup

Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Red Chilli powder – 3/4  tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Green Chilli – 1, slitted

Salt – as needed

Sugar – 1/8 tsp (optional)

Oil – 1/2 tbsp

Cinnamon – 2 inch stick

Cardamom – 2

Fennel Seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Bay leaves – 1

Star Ansie – 1

Method:

  • Soak rice in warm water for 30 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside
  • Add oil to the  pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onion and ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off

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  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get mushy. Add all the spice powders, salt and sugar; saute for 2 minutes

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  • Add peas and rice and saute for a minute. In a rice cooker add the rice – tomato mixture, coconut milk and water. After the rice is cooked sprinkle chopped spring onions  on top and Serve it with raita/gravy

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checkout my other variety rice,

Notes:

  • Instead of basmati rice samba rice can also be used
  • Fried onions can be added to garnish
  • Can be cooked in heavy bottmed pan or pressure cooker for 2 whistles

Vazhakkai Varuval

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I am not a big fan of Plantain, occasionally I buy it. In our home we generally prepare Vazhakkai podimas or Vazhakkai podi curry as side dish for rice. This particular preparation I learnt from my friend’s mom and I liked it, so started cooking this frequently. This is similar to Plaintain chips but marinated and cooked
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Ingredients

Vazhakkai (Raw banana) – 1, peeled and thinly sliced

Ginger garlic paste  – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala –  1/8 tsp 

Asofetida/Hing(Perungayam) – pinch

Salt – as needed

Oil – 2 tsp

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 Method:
  • Parboil the raw banana ( I microwaved them for 5 minutes. You can also boil it in a cup of water until soft). Strain the water and keep aside
  • In a mixing bowl add raw banana, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, asofetida and salt. Mix gently and Marinate them for atleast 30 minutes

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  • Heat the pan and brush (add) oil to the pan (Dosai tawa can also be used)  when the oil is hot, add the marinated raw banana slices and cook on both sides until they are golden brown

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My Notes:
  • Instead of shallow frying can also deep fry the plantains
  • Can keep the marination in refrigerator if you are running out of time

kadala Curry

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Recently my Amma told she prepared Appam and coconut milk for breakfast, after hearing that I was so tempted to eat Appam. I soaked rice for the batter and for side dish I prepared kadala curry. Coconut creates magic in food and I love coconut flavor. I have posted few coconut based recipes like Thengai Podi, Thenga Aracha Kuzhambu, Thaala kuzhambu, Paal kozhukattai, Arisi Thengai Payasam, Sweet Kozhukattai,  Vegetable Stew  etc.

Kadala Curry Recipe

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 Mins |   Serves : 4

Ingredients:

Brown Kondaikadalai/Kala channa – 1 cup

Onion – 1, big finely choped

Tomato – 1, finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Salt – as neededneeded

For Masala

Grated coconut – 1/3 cup

Chopped onion – 1 tbsp

Coriander Seeds- 1 tbsp

Red chilli – 4 – 5 (Adjust according to your spice level)

To temper:

Coconut   Oil – 2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Asofetida/ Hing – a pinch

Curry leaves- few

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Method:

  • Soak channa overnight or atleast for 5-6 hours. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook channa for 3 whistles. Wait till the pressure releases naturally and strain the channa, keeping the water for gravy

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  • Dry roast Coriander seeds, onion, red chilli and coconut on medium flame till aroma comes (for a minute). Grind it to a smooth paste with 2 -3 tbsp of water

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  • Add oil in a pan, when the oil is hot add cumin seeds, curry leaves and cook. Add onion and ginger garlic paste; saute until the raw smells goes off. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become mushy

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  • Add turmeric powder, garam masala and salt; cook for a minute. Add the cooked channa, ground masala paste and 2 cup of channa cooked water and continue cooking. Cook for 10 minutes  and switch off

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My Notes:

  • Instead of grinding red chilli and coraimder seeds in masala for the kadala curry, chilli powder and coriander powder can be used
  • Adjust water according to the consistency you want the gravy. If gravy becomes watery,mash some channa add them and boil for 2-3 minutes
  • Coconut oil gives nice taste to the gravy. If you want to reduce the amount, cook the gravy with olive/sunflower oil and add a drop of coconut oil before switching off

Green Chilli Thokku


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Pacha Milagai Thokku is a traditional Thokku prepared with green chilli. My Amma learnt this recipe from her grandmother. When my Amma visited us, hubby was asking her to prepare this. Having a sweet tooth I was bit hesitant to taste this, but I took very little quantity as a side dish for Curd rice, though it was extremely spicy, loved the spiciness. This hot spicy thokku is easy to prepare and can be kept for months when stored in airtight container and refrigerated

Ingredients:

Green chilli –  25

Tamarind – big gooseberry size

Salt – as per taste

Asafetida powder/hing – generous pinch

Jaggery – 1 tbsp

To temper:

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Fenu Greek – 1/8 tsp

Sesame oil – 4 to 5 tablespoon

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Method:

• Add 1 tsp oil and Saute the green chilli till the color changes. Grind it into a paste along with salt, tamrind and asofetida. Add 2 – 3 tbsp of water to grind into fine paste

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• Add 2 tbsp of oil to pan, when the oil is hot add mustard seeds, Asofetida and fengreek. After they splutter add the ground green chilli paste, cook in moderate flame by stirring in between (add remaining oil little by little)

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• When its 3/4 th cooked and starts becoming thick, add jaggery and continue cooking

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• Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or till the color changes to dark blackish green; remove the mix when it leaves the sides of the pan or when it forms as a thick paste. Suits well with Curd Rice, Idli, Dosa etc.,

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My Notes:

  • Tamrind can be grinded along with green chilli paste
  • Instead of grinding green chilli you can also finely chop them

Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal)

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Happy Pongal!!!

For me Sakkarai Pongal is not only a festive sweet, but a sweet which I love to eat frequently. There is one rule in our home (well its imposed by me;-)) whenever my Amma cooks Ven Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal should be in dining table, then only I will eat Ven pongal:-p till date my sister pranks at me, telling about stories like this. Not only at home, even in temple I love Sakkarai pongal. Whenever my Amma goes to any temple I will demand her to get Sakkarai Pongal. My Amma adds milk to the pongal, which is my favorite part of Sweet pongal.

Yesterday I was in dilemma whether to cook pongal with rice/cracked wheat/oats/Quinoa but hubby was suggesting to go traditional (may be he wants to taste rice pongal:-)) and I also felt the same

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Sweet Pongal

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins | Serves : 3

Ingredients:

Raw Rice – 1/2 cup

Moong Dal – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1 cup heaped (Adjust sweetness according to your taste)

Milk – 1 cup + 1/3 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Saffron – a small pinch (optional)

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Cashews and raisin – for taste

Water – 2 cups + 1/2 cup

Nutmeg powder – a pinch (Optional)

Salt – a pinch

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Method:

  • Add saffron strands in 2tbsp of warm milk and set aside. In 1/2 cup of luke warm water add jaggery and keep it aside. strain the impurities after the jaggery is completely dissolved in water

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  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and add cashew and cook till they are golden brown. Add raisin and switch off the flame
  • Dry roast moong dal until nice aroma comes. Soak moong dal and rice in warm water for 30 mins –  1 hour and strain dal and rice

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  • Pressure cook moong dal, rice with remaining water and milk in medium flame. Switch off and when the pressure release naturally mush it up a ladle

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  • Add saffron milk and  jaggery syrup to the cooked dal and rice; allow it to boil

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  • Cook till it becomes semi thick (solid), as pongal thickens over time (Switch off when you see this pouring consistency)

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  • Add cashew, raisin and remaining ghee and mix well

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My Notes:

  • Pinch of Edible camphor and clove can be added for taste
  • Milk is optional for Sakkarai Pongal but it gives nice taste
  • Instead of rice, oats/cracked wheat/quinoa can also be used

Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice) with coconut milk

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When I open my lunch box and I see coconut rice, its a happy face.. Easy and delicious variety rice. Though i love the usual version without coconut milk, after trying this version started doing this often.  I had 1/4 cup coconut milk in fridge (Leftover after preparing Vegetable Stew) and was thinking what to do with it. Suddenly remembered Thai rice prepared with coconut milk, so added coconut milk while cooking rice and resulting coconut rice was much flavorful and tastier

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Ingredients:

Rice : 1/2 cup

Thin Coconut milk : 1/4 cup

Water : 3/4 cup

Ghee/ Coconut oil – one drop

Add drop of ghee/ oil and Cook rice in pressure cooker for 2 whistle or rice cooker and spread them in a wide pan

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Coconut Rice:

Ingredients

Cooked Rice – 1 cup

Coconut – 1/3 cup

Salt – as needed

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp

Peanuts – 5 tbsp

Cashews – 7 roughly broken

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Channa dal – 1 tsp

Asofetida/ Hing(Perungayam) –  pinch

Green chillies – 1 slitted (Adjust according to your taste)

Curry leaves – few

Method:

  • Add 1 tsp of oil and when the oil is hot add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cashew nuts, curry leaves asofetida and peanuts and cook till they become golden brown. Add coconut and sauté for a minute
  • Add the tempered ingredients to the pan containing rice, salt and mix gently. Check for the seasoning and add salt if required. Serve the rice with chips/ gravy

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My Notes:

  • Coconut milk is optional you can cook rice without that in that case add 1:2 water

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Sutta Kathirikai Chutney

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I am among the few who love brinjal. I have already posted some brinjal recipes like Brinjal Rice, Enna Kathirkai Kuzhambu and Stuffed Brinjal. Usually in India, Sutta Kathirikai Thogayal is prepared by roasting brinjal directly in flame. Here i dont have gas stove since its electric, i always go for Oven/Microwave method.  Whether its taken as a side dish for breakfast or rice accompaniment its tastes yummy.

Ingredients:

Brinjal – 1 (Big size)

Sesame Oil – 1/2 tbsp

Red chilly – 4 (Adjust according to your taste)

Urad dal – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Tamarind – gooseberry size

Asofetida/Hing – a pinch

Salt  – as needed

Water – as needed

To temper:
Sesame oil – 1 tsp
Curry leaves –  few
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Urad dal –  1/2 tsp
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Method:

  • Cut the brinjals into big chunks and transfer them to a bowl. add oil and mix well. Microwave the brinjals for 4 – 10 minutes till the skin shrinks (Depends on the oven temperature, mine is 700 watt and it took 7 minutes. Keep an eye after 5 minutes)

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  • After they are cooled the skin will come out easily and the brinjals would have cooked. Remove the skin and set aside
  • In a pan dry roast urad dal, mustard seeds and red chilli till the dal is golden brown and add to the plate containing brinjal

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  • Grind brinjal, urad dal, red chili along with tamrind, salt, hing with little water
  • Add oil to the pan and when the oil is hot add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves and let it splutter. Add the temper to the thogayal
  • Instead of big brinjal few leftover small brinjal can also used
  • Instead of microwave oven brinjals can also be cooked directlyin stove top or oven (450 degree broil for 25 minutes turning side in between)
  • Adjust the water according to consistency you want if its side dish for breakfast add more water if its rice accompaniment add less water

Checkout Charanya’s space for middle eastern version of brinjal chutney

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Thiruvatharai Kali

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 First post in new year I am super excited:-) For the past two days I wanted to post some recipe but I was in big dilemma what should be my first post for this year. Though I had a couple of recipes in draft somehow I was looking for some other recipe. Yesterday being Thiruvadarai I cooked Kali and Kottu. Today morning while cooking, decided to start the year with our custom traditional festive recipe
 I started this blog in April 2014. After 1 year and 5 month break from IT industry, I always thought I should start doing something during my free time. When I was thinking what to do Hubby gave me the idea to write a food blog. At first I had lot of second thoughts and with 6 month old Little one, I wasn’t sure how it will go. But once I started writing, things changed. At times I feel blogging gives me more satisfaction than 3 years in IT and that force helps to manage 2 to 3 posts a week.  2014 was remarkable for my blog – lot of cherishable memories in my blog journey hope 2015 also turns good:-)
My sincere thanks to all my visitors, followers, co – bloggers , friends and family for the motivation and feedback. Blogging world gave me lot of interesting learnings about various cuisine  and some good friends.  Recently when we went to California for our vacation I met Malar from Malar’s Kitchen and Sri from Vidhya’s Vegetarian kitchen. Though it was last minute call, we all were glad that we meet. Our meeting didn’t feel like virtual friends meeting for the first time. We all were talking as if we know each other for ages and while leaving, it felt like the 1:30 hours wasn’t enough. Hope I get chances like this frequently to meet all friends around the world:-)
Coming back to Thiruvadarai. Thiruvadarai is the traditional festival we do for god Shiva. For neividanaam, we generaaly cook this Kali
Thiruvadarai Kali
Preparation time : 10 minutes |  Cooking time : 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Raw rice – 1 cup + 1/4 cup
Moong dal – 5 tbsp
Jaggery – 1 cup + 1/4 cup (Adjust sweetness according to your taste)
Coconut – 3 tbsp + 1 tsp
Cardamom pods – 2
Ghee/Butter – 4 tbsp
Cashews –  10
Salt – small pinch
Water – 4 cup
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Method:
  • Dry roast raw rice and moong dal separately till golden brown. Cool them completely. Then grind them coarse in rawa (Sooji/Semolina) texture

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  • Add crushed jaggery and broken cadamom pods with 4 cups of water and start melting it. When jaggery is fully dissolved and bubbles start appearing, switch off and strain to remove impurities, set aside. In pan add jaggery syrup and when it starts boiling, add salt, rice & dal powder and cook it for a minute till water combines with rice and dal

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  • Transfer it to the cooker separator and cover with the lid. Pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium low flame and switch off. Once pressure releases give a mix

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  • Add 1 tbsp of ghee to the pan. when it is hot add cashew and saute till its golden brown. Add the kali, shredded coconut and remaining butter and stir well. Cook till the kali comes together to a fluffy mass (when all extra moisture is absorbed)

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My Notes:

  • Kali texture depends on the consistency in which rice and dal are ground
  • Always cover the the rice dal and jaggery syrup container with a lid to avoid water layer at the top
  • Instead of cooking in pressure cooker and sauting in pan, can directly cook in pan
  • Can cook rice and dal mixture seperately and mix it to the jaggery syrup
  • instead of grinding moong dal, can also add them whole
  • Kali becames grainy over time
  • Saute rice and dal separately to avoid them from overcooking
  • Color of the kali depends on the jaggery
  • Cardamom Powder can be used instead of cadamom