Monday, June 6, 2011

Kambu kolukkattai

Kambu - pearl millet (bajira - Hindi), kolukkattai / kozhukkattai - steamed sweet dumbling

Few generations ago this must have been a staple snack / breakfast among the village people of Tamilnadu. I have read about this in Tamil folk tales and tasted a few times.Then I tried to bring out that ancient snack and here goes the recipe :)

Kambu - 1 cup
rice - 2 tbsp
coconut (shredded) - 1/2 cup (optional)
cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
jaggery (crushed) - 3/4 cup (or lesser)

Dry roast the kambu, rice till the kambu smells good.
Let it cool and powder it.
Add 1/2 cup water to jaggery and dissolve it by heating.
Filter and remove any impurities.
Pour the hot solution to a mixing bowl. Add the flour, cardamom powder and kambu flour. Mix well to get something like hard chapathi dough. Take a ball and press well inside the palm to get a rough oval shape. Grease an idly mold with very little sesame oil and place the dumplings. Cook in idly cooker for 5 minutes (full steam).

Kambu kolukkattai is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot / cold as healthy breakfast or snack.
Palm jaggery can also be used instead of the cane jaggery.


Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking snack looks wonderful

Harini said...

This is just so awesome! I think I will just fry the bajra flour and try it out. Do you think thats going to make a difference?

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Viki thanks for posting this age old steamed snack. Sounds healthy too

Hamaree Rasoi

Hari Chandana P said...

Lovely recipe.. we call them Sajja Kudumulu.. looks absolutely delicious.. thanks for sharing !!
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Priya Suresh said...

Wow thats fabulous, will try out with kambu flour, hope i'll get the same final result as urs..

Suman Singh said...

This recipe is new to me but it looks good!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Harini: Yes , you can use the fine store bought four too. It will give the same results. But dry roast it to get that nice flavor. I have mentioned the whole kambu, as I wanted to stick to that old recipe and tried to finish off that kambu packet:)....anyhow, they used to make it in a hand mortar (thiriyal) and I used my mixie...LOL:)

Suja Manoj said...

This is new to me..looks awesome dear..

Vardhini said...

Healthy and yummy .. nice recipe.

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Sunanda said...

Its really a wonderful snacks.. loved it color very much..
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Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious and healthy one.

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks yummy Viki thank you for linking it to the know your flours event

Hayley said...

Viki, please can you link our ( mine and akheela) event pages to this post. I can not see any link. Thank you !!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Jagruti and Akheela: My entries were through a re-post.
Please check if it qualifies.

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