Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Milk Porridge / Paal Kanchi.

Porridge is otherwise called poor man's food. But there are a few exceptional porridges too. One of a such kind is the Milk porridge.
I find it easy to cook and digest whenever we have a great snack in the evening.
This is a one pot meal (Needs just only one pot for the entire cooking). In this time I should admit a fact that most of the traditional recipes in India or any country were cooked by using only one pot. The history of one pot cooking is a very interesting one.Nowadays , thanks to the line / batch manufacturing techniques, we get a wide range of vessels.

Let us relish the Medicinal value and goodness of this porridge.
*It is easy to digest and helps to get a 'good night' sleep.
*People recovering from fever and strong medications can have this porridge.
*People with dietary concern can replace rice with cracked wheat.
*Good diuretic, as cumin seeds helps this.
*Dietitians recommend this porridge without sugar for people with heart diseases ,as garlic has such a healing power.

Ingredients:
Rice - 3/4 cup (150 gms)
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds(Methi) - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 10 pods
water - 1 cup
Milk - 2 cups
sugar - 1/3 cup (optional)
salt - 1/4 tsp

Method:
Choose any rice like Basmathi / sona masoori/ Jeeraga samba.
In a dry mixie jar, coarsely grind rice with methi seeds.
Transfer the powdered rice to a vessel with lid.
Add salt and Cook them with water and milk .
Care should be taken while cooking , as rice may tend to form bubbles and spill.
After the rice gets cooked add cumin seeds, chopped garlic and sugar.
Then cook it in low heat for 5 minutes and turn off heat.
The consistency should be like a soup.
Milk porridge is ready.

Serving suggestions:

This can be Served as a mild & non stuffy dinner during festival times.
Serve hot in soup bowls with sesame / mint chutney.
One spoon of porridge and then goes a pinch of chutney..This is how I like it.
The quantity given above will be enough to serve 2 adults.

Milk porridge goes to Rice Mela.

18 comments:

Usha said...

very healthy and wholesome...

Malar Gandhi said...

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Srivalli said...

Thats such a lovely dish..thanks for sending it!

DEESHA said...

thatz one healthy dish

Cham said...

Love ur khanchi should try ur version :)

Yasmeen said...

healthy porridge with methi and spices and very unique to me:)

Purva Desai said...

Can u believe it I made Kanji today, but a different one.....Urs look really healthy and yummy....
Thanks for sharing new version of Kanji...
Can you share ur email id...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

this is so easy to make.. very new to me. i have made only sweet porridge and not savory once.

Bhawana said...

Viki this is very new to me. by ingredients looks delicious.

Andhra Flavors said...

its a healthy one.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice idea of having kanji as an evening snack than the other fried foods. I have never tried making this. Thanks for the idea dear :)

Sagari said...

very comforting porridge

Purva Desai said...

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

It should be a delight to have this at night, those garlic and fenugreek should add more medicinal value to the dish...

Malar Gandhi said...

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Laavanya said...

Oh that looks nice... I didn't know you had posted kootanchoru - must check it out.

Yasmeen said...

A surprise for you in my blog:)

AnickH said...

I love any recipe w/ rice. thanks for sharing all these recipes