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Kambu Dosai Maavu recipe / Pearl Millet Batter recipe / Bajra Idly Dosa Batter

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Kambu is known as Pearl Millet in English and Bajra in Hindi. Kambu is one among the traditional diet from our ancestors. Actually, kambu is commonly used consumed during summers as they are a good source of natural coolant to the body, so most of the houses would have kambu porridge for their lunch in south India. Kambu Koozh or Pearl Millet Porridge is one among the most important dish found in all tamil houses during summer. Also you can make Kambu Laddu or Pearl Millet Ladoo which would be liked by kids. But you can also consume kambu koozh or rice during winter or rainy days with dry fish curry or tangy brinjal curry as side dish.

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Kambu / Pearl Millet / Bajra IDly Dosa Batter

Health Benefits of Kambu / Pearl Millet / Bajra – Kambu is been a good source of coolant to the body. Also, they are good for treating constipation, acidity. Having kambu for breakfast, prevent blood sugar spikes and keep us full until the lunch and so very good for Diabetes people and helps in weight loss.

This Kambu Idly Dosa batter is perfect for a diabetes person, as there is no rice or rice flour in it. But it needs to be fermented overnight. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Kambu / Pearl Millet / Bajra flour – 3 cups
  • White Lentils / Ulundu / Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste

Making of Kambu / Pearl Millet / Bajra Idly Dosa Batter –

Preparation:

  • Soak white lentils/ulundu/urad dal in water for 4 to 5 hrs, drain the water and grind it to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Take kambu /pearl millet flour in a wide mouth bowl, pour the ground white lentil, add salt to taste.
  • Pour water little by little, start mixing the batter well with your hands, so that the batter gets mixed well, make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Cover and let it ferment overnight.
  • After fermented, transfer it to an air-tight container.
  • Refrigerate as it stays fresh for 4 to 5 days.

Note: While preparing Idly or Dosa, take a small portion of the batter, add water and adjust to the consistency of the batter and start preparing it. This helps the rest of the batter to stay fresh for a week time.

Kuthiravalli Venpongal Recipe / Barnyard Millet Venpongal Recipe / Millet Khara Pongal recipe

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Venpongal is one of the authentic and traditional breakfast among Tamilians. We prepare this during functions or for guests as breakfast. After a small break again a millet recipe – Kuthiravalli Pongal / Barnyard Millet Pongal. We had this in yercaud and felt very tasty, filling and yummy even my kids loved it to the core. So I thought of preparing it in my kitchen, the pongal came out well with delicious taste and excellent aroma. I have accompanied it with Sambar and Chutney. Also I have shared Venn Pongal with Raw rice and FoxTail Millet/Thinai . Goes out well for breakfast.

Also check my other breakfast recipes: https://madraasi.com/recipes/breakfast-dinner/. Let us move on to the recipe…

Kuthiravalli venpongal / Barnyard Millet Venpongal with sambar and chutney

Kuthiravalli venpongal / Barnyard Millet Venpongal with sambar and chutney

Ingredients:

  • Barnyard millet / Kuthiravalli – 1 cup
  • Moong dal / Green gram dal / Paasi paruppu – ½ cup
  • Ginger – 1 “inch stick
  • Black peppercorns – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Clarified butter/Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig

Preparation:

  • Clean and wash the millet and green gram dal separately in separate bowls. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop or grate the ginger into pieces.
  • Crush a tsp of cumin seeds and peppercorns.
  • Heat clarified butter/ghee and oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Add in ½ tsp of black peppercorns, a tsp of cumin seeds and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, wait until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the millet and greengram dal along with required amount of salt and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour in 3 ½ cups of water and pressure-cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid, once the pressure subsides.

Serve hot with Sambar, Chutney and Medhu Vada/ Blackgram Vada and top it with a tsp of clarified butter/ghee before serving.

Thinaiarisi Ven pongal recipe / Foxtail millet Khara pongal recipe / How to make ven pongal with millets

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Already I have posted a recipe for Venn Pongal and now it’s time to thing something innovative with this Venn pongal, so I have induced Thinaiarisi / Foxtail millet instead of rawrice. The taste was good with the same aroma, but the texture was something different (good) from our traditional and authentic Venn Pongal. This Foxtail millet is commonly known as quinao.

Venn Pongal with Thinaiarisi / Quinoa

Venn Pongal with Thinaiarisi / Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • Thinai arisi / Foxtail millet / Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Moong dal – ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / Clarified Butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Curry leaves – a string

Preparation:

  • Clean and wash the Thinai arisi / Foxtail millet. Drain it and keep aside.
  • Take 4 cups of water in heavy bottomed vessel, allow it to boil.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai, fry the mung dal till the raw smell goes off.
  • Boil the moong dal in water, it should be in mashing consistency.
  • Once boiled, add in the Thinai arisi / Foxtail millet. Wait till it halfboil.
  • Once halfboiled, add in the moong dal. Allow it boil together.
  • Heat ghee in a tadka, add in the cumin seeds, peppercorns and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Add them to the millet and continue boiling in medium flame.
  • Transfer them to a bowl , once boiled.

Serve hot with Sambhar and Chutney.