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Black rice Pongal Recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe / Pongal recipes

Black rice Pongal Recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe / Pongal recipes

Black rice is also known as forbidden rice or emperor’s rice. Since it was only consumed by emperor’s, it is known as forbidden or emperor’s rice. Black rice is black in color, but becomes dark purple when cooked. It is a rare and old variety of rice that has been growing for centuries, in North East and South India which is commonly known as Kavuni Arisi in Tamil Nadu.

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It has nutty taste and little chewy like brown rice even after cooked. Since it consumes time to get cooked, it’s soaked overnight or for 12 hours before cooked. It’s sticky and juicy nature suits it best for the making of desserts and sweets.

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Black rice pongal recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe – Pongal special recipe

Health benefits: Black rice gives impressive health benefits when compare to other rice varieties. It fights inflammation fights cancer, improves heart health, reduce weight (rich in fibre and low in calories), helps to prevent diabetes, improves liver health and improves digestive system.

Black rice Pongal is very delicious and also healthier with little chewy and sticky nature it fits the concept of sweet Pongal very well. Black rice Pongal is also known as Kavuni Arisi Pongal or Karuppu Arisi pongal in tamil. Give a try and share your feedback…

Ingredients:

  • Black rice / Kavuni Arisi (கவுனி அரிசி) – 1 cup
  • Crushed Sugarcane Jaggery / Vellam (அச்சு வெல்லம்) – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder (ஏலக்காய் பொடி) – ½ tsp
  • Cashew nuts (முந்திரி) – 10 nos
  • Raisins (உலர்ந்த திராட்சை) – 8 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter (நெய்) – 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut (துருவிய தேங்காய்) – ¼ cup

Making of Black Rice Pongal / கவுனி அரிசி பொங்கல் –

 

Preparation:

  • Soak black rice or kavuni arisi over night or for 12 hours, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Pressure-cook for 4 to 5 whistles or cook until it becomes soft and tender when you are cooking in a heavy bottom vessel.
  • Once it’s coked completely make sure water is completely dried, then add the crushed jaggery and grated coconut.
  • Cook in medium flame until the jaggery melts gets mixed well with the rice.
  • Add in the cardamom powder followed by a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter.
  • Roast cashew nuts and raisins in the ghee / clarified butter and pour it to the Pongal, mix it well.
  • Remove from fire.

Serve hot.

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Sheera is a Marathi word for Halwa. Sheera is a must to have dish during festivals in North India. It is a rich dessert that is prepared by cooking sooji and banana along with toasted nuts and ghee / clarified butter. Banana sheera can be prepared by using both milk or water.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

I have infused coconut palm sugar instead of sugar, which gives more flavor and being a best natural sweetener. I have used Coconut Palm Sugar (mingles with A Quartet of Brown spices) from sprig, CLICK HERE for the product. Coconut Palm Sugar from sprig gives good flavor with beautiful color to the dish and delicious taste.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

Also, I have infused more banana for the perfect halwa texture and taste of banana. You can use variant of banana, but use only the ripen once. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Banana – 3 nos
  • Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup (1 cup=160 ml)
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coconut palm sugar – ½ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 5 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 10 nos
  • Saffron – few strands

Preparation:

  • Thinly slice cashew nuts and almonds/badam, keep it aside.
  • Peel the banana’s and mash them well as no lumps are left.
  • Heat ½ tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add rava/semolina and toast it until it turns turn golden brown in color.
  • Transfer it to plate, spread it well and let it rest until it reaches room temperature.
  • Pour 1 ½ tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add thinly sliced cashew nuts and almonds, roast it until it turns golden brown in color.
  • Pour 3 cups of water in a kadai/long bottomed vessel, wait until it boils.
  • Once it starts boiling, add the roasted rava/sooji little by little and stir it well, make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Wait until gets cooked well, add the mashed banana mix it well.
  • Pour a tbsp of ghee/clairifed butter, mix it well.
  • Cook in low flame for almost 10 mins, pour in the leftover ghee/clarified butter along with the roasted nuts.
  • Mix it well and stir it, until it reaches rolling consistency and remove it from fire, once the ghee/clarified butter starts oozing out.
  • Sprinkle saffron strands, give a mix and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot.

Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Rajgira is nothing but Amaranth seeds / முலக்கீரை விதை, usually payasam/kheer is prepared with this in North India for Navratri. Commonly it is prepared during Vrat time, as its highly nutritious and very rich in protein.

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Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Very first time tried this Rajgira Kheer using products from Ekgaon, an online platform that connects farmers all over India. I have been using Ekgaon products for few months long and the products are high quality and I am very happy with the result. Give a try to both the recipe and the products from Ekgaon…

Making of Rajgira Kheer / Amaranth seeds payasam recipe –

Rajgira kheer / Payasam is a perfect dish during the time of vrat or Navratri, because of the health benefits in the Amaranth seeds / Rajgira. Also, I have substituted sugar with Dates Palm Sugar / Panangarkandu in tamil, which helps in relieving cold and sore throat. Give a try…

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Ingredients:

  • Rajgira / Amaranth seeds / Mulakeerai vithai – 1 cup
  • Palm Dates Sugar / Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Badam / Almonds – 10 nos
  • Saffron strands / Kungumapoo – few strands

Preparation:

  • Take the rajgira / amaranth seeds in a strainer and rinse it well in running water.
  • Drain the water completely, transfer it to pressure cooker, for 1 cup of rajgira, pour 1 ½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium flame.
  • Meanwhile boil the milk in a pan, crush the cardamom, add cardamom once the milk is boiled and cook in low flame, until the milk reduces to half the quantity.
  • Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, once the pressure is completely released.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked rajgira to the boiling milk, mix it well and cook for few mins.
  • Once it starts thickening, thinly slice the cashew nuts and almonds, add it to the kheer, mix it well and cook for a min.
  • Add the Palm dates sugar / panangarkandu to the kheer, mix it well, cook for a min or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sprinkle the saffron strands, remove it from fire.

Serve hot or chillied. You serve it along with poori for breakfast or serve it as dessert in meals.