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Moongil Arisi Pongal / Bamboo Rice Pongal

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Few months back we had a wonderful trip to Masinagudi, there came to know about the Bamboo rice, how it’s cultivated, harvested through a security uncle of our resort. Also he guided us where to purchase Bamboo Rice, that was freshly harvested in and around Masinagudi. I totally forgot about this rice, finally while cleaning kitchen, got to see this Bamboo rice and immediately planned to prepare a dish out of this Bamboo rice. It was during Navratri – Saraswathi Puja – so I prepared pongal.

It was yummy and delicious. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Moongil Arisi / Bamboo Rice – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
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Moongil Arisi Pongal / Bamboo Rice Pongal

Preparation:

  • Soak bamboo rice / moongil arisi in water for 5 to 6 hrs.
  • Prepare Jaggery syrup – Crush the jaggery, take it in a heavy-bottom vessel, pour ½ cup of water, stir until the jaggery dissolves and cook in medium flame, until it comes to a syrup consistency.
  • Pressure-cook moongil arisi/ bamboo rice for 4 whistles, remove the lid when the pressure releases.
  • Meanwhile boil the milk, sprinkle cardamom powder and cook in medium flame until reduces to ½ the quantity.
  • Heat a small pan, add ghee/clarified butter, cashew nuts and raisins, cook until the cashew nuts turn golden brown. Remove from fire.
  • Add the pressure-cooked bamboo rice/moongil arisi to the milk along with the nuts roasted in ghee/clarified butter followed by a pinch of salt.
  • Stir well and cook in medium flame for another few mins or until all the ingredients blend well with the milk.
  • Pour in the jaggery syrup and add the grated coconut, give a mix, cook in low flame for few mins or until it thickens.

Serve hot. This can be served for any occasions, but I prefer it as an offering to God and later served among families.

 

Thaen Mittai / Honey Candy

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Thaen Mittai is one such sweet which makes everyone go drooling once you start eating it. It is found in all the condiments shop in Tamil Nadu. I could remember munching Thaen mittai in my childhood days. It would be more soft, very sweet and every bite squeezes out the sugar syrup. Recently got connected to one of my childhood friend whose mom make all these sweets, just like that got recipe from her. Give a try and nourish your childhood in this Diwali.

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Thaen Mittai / Honey Candy

Ingredients:

  • White Lentils / Urad dal / Ulundam paruppu – ¼ cup
  • Idly Rice or Raw Rice – ¾ cup
  • Red Food Color – ¼ tsp
  • Cooking soda – a pinch
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Water – 1 cup (for sugar syrup)
  • Salt –  a pinch

Making of Thaen Mittai / Honey Candy –

Preparation:

  • Soak rice and lentil together in a bowl for almost 4 to 5 hrs.
  • Drain the water, grind it to fine paste by sprinkling little water (only when the batter gets struck).
  • Grind it to a fine paste and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Add red food color, cooking soda, pinch of salt and mix this well with your hands, cover and let it rest for 10 to 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile take 2 cups of sugar and a cup water in a heavy bottomed vessel, stir well until the sugar gets dissolved.
  • Cook in medium flame, until the syrup becomes sticky and not to a string consistency.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, take a small spoon, coat it well in the oil, and start scooping in the batter with the spoon.
  • Cook in medium flame, turn and cook on both sides. Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Immediately drop it gently to the sugar syrup, roll and soak it in the syrup.
  • Once it’s soaked well, remove it and transfer it to a plate.

Serve, once it reaches room temperature. Stays fresh for a week once stored in room temperature.

Maida Cake or Maida Biscuits

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Maida Cake or Maida Biscuit is one of the sweet snack found in all Tamil Nadu Bakeries. A very easy and simple deep fried snack which can be prepared in bulk and stored in an air-tight container for 2 weeks. It is most commonly prepared around Deepavali / Diwali in all south Indian families. Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #140 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits

Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Melted Butter – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Sugar – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Milk – 3 tbsp
  • Cooking soda – a pinch
  • Cardamom powder – a pinch
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Oil for deep frying.

Making of Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits –

Preparation:

  • Take maida/all-purpose flour, melted butter, sugar, milk, cooking soda, cardamom powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Mix them well with your hands, sprinkle little water and knead it to dough.
  • Let the dough rest for 5 to 10 mins, so that the sugar would get melted.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai. Take a small portion of the rolled out dough and roll it in between your palms (lengthwise).
  • Chop them into small pieces and deep fry them in oil.
  • Cook only in medium flame, so that it would be cooked well else it would be burnt and remain uncooked in the center.
  • Drain the oil and remove them from fire.
  • Bring it room temperature and store them in an air-tight container for 2 weeks.

Note: Measurement is very important in this recipe, if the butter gets increased it would be flaky and if it gets reduced it would be hard. Also if the sugar gets increased it would be burnt immediately, so take care of the measurements. Make sure only to sprinkle water when you knead the dough.