24 Apr 2013

Kambhu Koozh - Pearl Millet Porridge

Finally the weather is changing ... the temperature is rising but not as much as in India. Somehow I love the "Indian Summer" because of all the special goodies and dishes that glorify summer.

Mangoes, water melons, goose berries, tender coconuts, ice apples flood the market and the scent of each fruit pulls fills the air with such a refreshing feel.

Food and eating patterns have specific meaning in Indian society and summer is the best time that truly reflects this deep rooted practice. Certain dishes are cooked and consumed specifically during the summer to cool the body and provide the much needed energy.

Raagi [Finger millet] and Kambhu [pearl millet] are cooked more often and consumed early in the morning before venturing into the sun. Kambhu [Bajra in Hindi] is rich in protein and minerals. It does not contain gluten, so can be consumed without any fear of allergic reactions.

The traditional method of preparing this porridge is time consuming. The pearl millet is soaked overnight. The next day it is cooked with buttermilk with proportions of 1 part millet to 3 parts buttermilk.

It takes about a couple of hours to cook the millet and needs frequent stirring. Once done the entire content is kept aside for atleast 8 hours. This is to kick start the fermentation process of the dish which gives a slight tangy taste when consumed. The usual accompaniments are pearl onions and green chillies.

This is more of a quick method of preparing the porridge where I have used pearl millet powder to prepare the drink. There are two variations - sweet and sour. I love the sour version and my daughter likes the sweet version.

For more info about the grain visit here and here

Buttermilk Pearl Millet Porridge.
Kambhu powder: 3 tbsp.
Garlic pods: 2
Buttermilk: 2 cups.
Cumin powder: 1/2 tsp.
Ginger powder: 1/4 tsp.
Salt: to taste.
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish.

1.Mix the pearl millet powder with the buttermilk, chopped garlic pods and salt in a heavy bottomed vessel and place it on medium flame.
2.Cook in medium flame stirring often until thick. This will take 12-15 minutes.
3.Remove from flame and add the cumin and ginger powder.
4.Check salt and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serve warm.

Sweet Pearl Millet Porridge.
Kambhu powder: 3-4 tbsp.
Cardamom powder: 1/4 tsp.
Panang kalkandu: 2 tbsp.
Thick coconut milk: 1/2 cup.
Water: 1 1/2 cups.
Sliced banana to garnish.

1.In a heavy bottomed pan mix the kambhu powder with water and cardamom powder.
2.Place the pan on medium flameand cook until thick stirring often.
3.Remove from flame and add the kalkandu. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
4.Once the porridge has cooled a bit add the coconut milk.

Garnish with sliced banana pieces and serve at room temperature.

For the sour version of the porridge - you can add sliced pearl onions and green chillies to the porridge while cooking.

You can serve it with fried mor millagai [chillies soaked in buttermilk and dried] or lemon pickle.

You can cook the porridge and leave it overnight to ferment a bit.

For the sweet version - you can add caster sugar or rock candy according to your taste.

Instead of coconut milk you can add regular cow's milk. Do not refrigerate as it tastes best at room temperature.


Scribbled by Reva


Preety said...

Looks so tempting

Priya Suresh said...

Dunno wat to chose, somehow my heart beats for the sweet version,super healthy drink Reva,beautiful clicks.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

wonderful clicks and absolutely delicious and refreshing drink.

today's post:

Nilu A said...

Wow! Incredible drink Reva :-)

pankti said...

Refreshing drink!! And nice clicks...

Divya Shivaraman said...

Thank you so much reva for stopping by dishing...i appreciate it and happy to follow your lovely space....Kuzhu kooda ivalo azhaga kamichirukkinga...

Anonymous said...

lovely drink and nice presentation....happ to follow you...

Unknown said...

awesome and healthy...luv the presentation...
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Nandita SS said...

Looks amazing Reva!! Just perfect to beat the heat :)

Unknown said...

Kambu koozh luks so stylish :)..Healthy drink..

Ruxana Gafoor said...

awesome healthy drink...lovely clicks too...first time here...happy to follow you,and would be happy if you too followed my blog..

Nargis Aara said...

What a lovely neat blog you got :) Thanks for stoping by my space and liking it!!! Im following you as well :)

Unknown said...

Delicious & healthy.
Thanks Reva for dropping by my space. Love your space too. Your posts are so informative. Glad to know you.

Unknown said...

Superb drink dear...First tym here..luvd ur space..happy 2 follow u..

Home Cooked food said...

Delicious n tempting kheer.

Revathi Ramkumar said...

Healthy one and nice presentation...Perfect summer drink

Laxmipriya said...

healthy drink and nice clicks.. i think this is the most unforgotten traditional recipe.. thanks for sharing.. :)

cookbookjaleela said...

super clicks reva and healthy too

Shanthi said...

Fantastic Revathi..awesome clicks..very healthy recipe...
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Malar Gandhi said...

Awesome work, beautiful presentation.


Roshni said...

my my this looks sooo tempeting..

Anonymous said...

Happened to step into cookery section in the net. Very interesting and informative blog. Very appealing version of an age old dish!. Appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Great Receipe !! will try both

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