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Showing newest posts with label Cracked Wheat. Show older posts

28.2.11

Godhumai Ravai Kushka / Samba Rawa Birinji / Cracked Wheat Pilaf




Godhumai Rawai Masala Kitchedi:

You don't have to make that grumpy face at dinner time, anymore! Is healthy food is scaring you a lot? Prepare it enthusiastically with your favorite spices and treat yourselves with exciting morphed recipes:) Well, its not that the wheat (or cracked wheat for that matter) is less in calories than white polished rice, certainly not! All it has is...some extra fiber and am positive that you guys are aware of the health benefits it possess! So, include them in your diet now and then...try to skip white rice, refined flour and fortified-enriched carbohydrates as much as possible! Besides, these tips are only for people who want to cut down their calories (due to health reasons, like diabetes or obesity or simply to stay fit). One common thing' that people on strict diet do is to give up eating quality food! No doctor advises you to starve or deny the basic likings for 'tasty meals'! Just swab fresh produce in place of mere energy foods, tweak your regular meals a little by including healthy ingredients and last but not least, try to get enough physical activity:)I am happy to share this recipe of mine with you all today...I fix this quite often upon request by my social group - relatives n friends! People ranging from senior citizens to adult-kids, who are overwhelmingly alert to stay fit! Oh yeah, I have received lots of appreciation for this:)

Ingredients:

Cracked wheat - 1 cup
Curry leaves few
Green chilies 6-7 slitted
Onion 1 large sliced
Garlic 10-15 cloves
Tomatoes 2 crushed
Mint leaves 1 fistful
Cilantro leaves 1 cup
Salt to taste
Meat/Chicken Broth 2 cups(Vegetarian's options, Veg broth or thin coconut milk)
Fennel seeds 1 spoon
Peppercorns 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Cinnamon 1 stick
Cloves 3-5
Cardamom 3 crushed
Black cardamom 1
Bay leaves 1-2
Birinji flower 1
Star Anise 1
Ghee or Oil 1/4.

Method:

Dry toast the cracked wheat and set aside.

Heat oil in a wide, deep-heavy bottomed vessel. Throw in all the whole spices, followed by curry leaves, chilies, garlic and onions. Fry real good, till fragrant.

Followed by mint, cilantro leaves and crushed tomatoes. Fry till oil shows up on the sides.

Now add the veg or meat broth, bring this to boil. Further add the cracked wheat without forming any lumps. Cover and cook over low-medium heat.

Once all the moisture is sucked up, and the pilaf looks glossy enough, remove from heat.

Serve warm along with fresh raitha/pachadi or yogurts.

26.1.11

Samba Rawa Idly / Godhumai Ravai Idly / Cracked Wheat Idly





Godhumai Rawai Idly:

Ingredients:

For The Batter:

Urad dhall 1/2 cup
Fenugreek seeds 1 spoon
Cracked Wheat 1 cup
Salt
Baking soda 1/2 spoon

For Tempering:

Green chilies 3 chopped
Ginger 2" Chopped
Chana + Urad dahll 2-4 spoons
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Curry leaves few
Oil few spoons
Cilantro leaves few.

Method:

Soak the lentils and fenugreek seeds for 7-9 hours, and wet-grind the same. Now, mix the cracked wheat to it, add salt, baking soda and allow this batter to ferment. Maybe overnight will do.

Temper the spices and mix the seasoning to the batter.

Smear oil on the idly ladles and fill them up with batter. Well, steam cook for 12-14 minutes.

Whew' its done, serve steaming hot along with sambhar and chutney...enjoy:)

7.1.10

Haleem - Hyderabad Special




Haleem:(Ramzaan Special)

Haleem is a minced meat plus wheat based delicasy, that is prepared during the fasting month of Ramzaan(Ramadhaan). I happended to taste this heavenly dish at Hyderabad. I was told that, it is a speciality food and its prepared only at two places (Lucknow and Hyderabad). The exciting fact of the recipe is, its long cooking hours. Oh, yes...it takes a whole day...soaking, grinding and cooking it. This really heightens the joy feasting, after a fast. As I mentioned before, I really enjoy slow cooking...its lot of fun.

Variation:

I tried the same recipe with minced chicken, they turned out fairly decent 'palatable'. Guess, vegetarians could craftly use shredded soy chucks or meal maker in place of meat.:)

Ingredients:

Lamb/goats meat - minced 100 grams
Whole wheat 250 grams
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Ginger-garlic paste 1/2 spoon
Green chilli paste 2 spoons
Cilantro leaves - minced
Lemon juice 2-4 spoons
Black cardamoms crushed and powdred
Garam masala powder 1 spoon
Ghee 1/4 cup (Yes more, I know...it requires)
Salt as per taste
Onion 1 large sliced and fried to garnish.

Method:

Mix together the Ginger garlic paste, chili paste, yogurt, lemon juice, cilantro paste, cardamom, salt and garam masala powders. Marinate the meat in this mixture for about 2-4 hours.

Soak the whole wheat overnight. Mkae sure that it doesnt fermet or anything...its good to soak in the fridge. Next day, cook the wheat till tender. Bring this down to room temperature and puree them. Wet grind using little or no water.

Heat ghee in a wide wok. Add the marinated meat. Turn around over high heat, once the meat tuns opaque. Add water to cover and cook. Set over low to medium heat.

Once meat is done, add the wheat paste and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes.

Garnish with fried onions, fried chilies and run a spoonful of ghee on the top.

Serve steaming hot.

26.10.09

Samba Rava Pongal



Godhumai Ravai Pongal:

Cracked Wheat Pongal. Samba Godhumai Rava Pongal.

Myself and my brother live in two different time zones...that we can't always talk:( We have 17 hours difference (He is in Australia)...so he should stay up all night and I should get up too early to get hold of him. So, does this have changed anything at all for me!! No, he still tracks me down for my mistakes.:( Good that I don't get 'kottu' on my head anymore.:)

Pari mailed me Y'day. It had usual blah blah blah stuff and something about my blog!

In his own words: "I checked your blogspot - was disappointed to see too many unhealthy and crap foods like the cheese chilli and fried cheese sticks etc - horrible and junk food. how on earth you could eat the cheese sticks fried? never expected such foods from you. you can have a competition with mcdonalds :)Searched ur site for samba rava upma, samba rava dosai and samba rava idly recipes. Couldn’t find any."

I am pretty upset myself, felt very awful...am I deviating from the track?? Well, as per his wish, here is a recipe for him, using Samba Rava - 'Godhumai Ravai Pongal'. Hope he will be bit happy now.:)

Ingredients:

Godhuma Rawa/Samba Rawa 1/2 cup
Moong dal 1 table spoon (well cooked)
Whole black peppercorns 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Curry leaves
Cashew nuts 10
Ghee/butter few spoons
Curry leaves few.

Method:

Melt ghee in a pan and add cashew nuts. Fry them till reddish brown. Set aside.

In the same ghee fry curry leaves...till crisp.Fry pepper and cumin seeds. Let them pop and splutter well.

Dry toast the cracked wheat.

Now heat the well cooked moong dal. Add 2 cups of water and followed by cracked wheat. Cover and cook.

Once they are done, run the tempered items and remove from heat.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts and curry leaves.

Serve warm with pickles.

2.11.08

Cracked Wheat Pilaf



Gothumai Rawai Veg Pulav:

Cracked Wheat Pilaf.

Cracked Wheat Vegetable Pulav. Samba Rawai vegetable Biriyani. Cream of Wheat n Veggies Pilaf.

When people are in diet...they often ruin it on just 1 plate of biriyani or fried food! That's it....they will give up everything and go on binging....which ever they craved for! I don't understand the point. There is better way to do it! Taste and have fun with your cheesy/fatty/sweety treat. You don't have to be fasting or neither feasting!!!! Just grab a bite....feel content! Anyway.....its not bad to taste different food....one should construct the feeling of content! Taste a different cuisine....if you like it...taste it....do not indulge in over eating. And also....if you do so, don't feel guilty, just come back on your track!

Okay I can't say 'cream of wheat' has no calories at all! And it is also another form of carbohydrate! But....the key of making this pulav is....its better when it comes to filling a hungry tummy. While rice takes lot of time to fill one....by the time, one would have crossed his limit! Wheat gives the satisfaction quickly. So they eat less! (maybe it induces the enzyme called leptin...which gives satiety feeling...research is going on this enzyme...to prepare artificially!Anyway...I feel our will power is more than enzyme after all)

Anyway...while preparing a diet menu, cut your butter/ghee and use safflower oil or something. Use more veggies than usual. Buy unpolished wheat/cream of wheat! Use more herbs...to bring up the flavour!

Ingredients:

Cinnamon sticks 1
Cloves 2
Cardamom pods 3
Bay leaves 1
Biryani flower 1
Marathi mokku 1
Safflower oil 1/4 cup
Green chillies 4 slitted
One large onion finely chopped
2 ripe tomato finely chopped
Mint one cup
Lemon juice 2-4 spoon
Ginger-garlic paste 1-2 spoons
Coriander leaves 4-6 twigs
Curd half cup
Cream of wheat 2 cups
Vegetables - diced 3 cups(carrots, beans, double beans, peas, cauliflower, potato)
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 1-2 spoons(optional)

Method:

1. Add one spoon of ginger-garlic paste with vegetables. Followed by salt +lemon juice + curd and set this aside/in fridge. Maybe for 20 minutes minimum.

2. Pour oil in the pressure cooker and bring it to smoky hot...now add the spices one by one...cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, cloves, maratti mokku and birinji flower to it. Let them fry for a while.

3. Add chillies, and wait till it splutters.

4. Followed by onion and remaining ginger-garlic paste. Fry them well till its raw smell leaves.

5. Now add tomatoes, coriander leaves and mint. Fry them until all water content evaporates and oil shows up in the top.

4. Now start adding marinated vegetables to this and toss them well.

5. Add food color(optional), salt and red chili power. Semi cook them without adding any water....until the raw smell of chili powder goes.

6. Now add water 5 cups of water and bring it to boil followed by cracked wheat. Pressure cook them over medium heat till one whistle or two maximum. Never release the pressure before time. Let it be on dum for 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot with onion raita, mint chutney and brinjal serva.

4.8.07

Samba Rava Upma



Gothumai Ravai Upma:

Cracked Wheat Upma.

Ingredients:

Cracked Wheat 1 cup
Green chilies 3-6 slitted/finely chopped
Garlic 6 beads finely chopped
Onion 1 large fienly chopped
Toamto 1 small chopped
Salt
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Oil few spoons
Cilantro leaves to garnish.

Method:

Dry toast cracked wheat for few minutes. Maybe till its fragrant. Set aside.

In the same pan, heat oil. Add mustards and wait till it pops.

Thena dd chilies, garlic and onions. Fry real good for few minutes. Maybe till onion turns translucent.

Now add toamtoes and salt. Cover and cook for few minutes. Maybe till tomatoes turn pulpy.

Stir-in toasted cracked wheat. Add 2-3 cups of water. Cover and cook over medium heat.

Whent the wheat gets cooked leaving the pan.(oil shows up on sides and no more moisture left back) Remove from heat.

Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve warm as a main dish. Can be accompanied with mint or coriander chutney.

11.6.07



Buck Wheat Upma:

African Wheat(Cracked Buck Wheat) Upma.

Ingredients:

Cracked Buck Wheat 1 cup
White onion 1 finely chopped
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Carrot 1 - diced
Beans 6-8 chopped
Peas fistful
Salt
Garlic 6-8 cloves
Mint leaves 6
Olive oil few spoons.

Method:

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil. Add green chilies and let it crack well.

Further add onion, garlic, mint leaves and salt. Fry them for few minutes.

Followed by carrots, beans and peas. Cover and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.

When the veggies are semi-done....add buck wheat! Add enough water(generally as per direction) 1:1. Cover and cook till they are done.

Serve warm as a main dish. Adjust sesonning to your taste.

27.5.07


Gothumai Kesari:

Cracked Wheat Kesari. Gothumai Rawai Kesari. Gothumai ravai pongal. Cream of wheat Halwa.

Ingredients:

Cracked wheat 1 cup
Whole milk 2-3 cups
Sugar 3/4 cup
Cardamom pods 3-5 crushed
Cashewnuts 10 halved
Raisins/dry grapes - 15
Ghee 1 cup.

Method:

In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat few spoons of ghee. Toast cracked wheat till fragrant. Then transfer it to a bowl. Set aside.

In the same pan, heat 1/2 cup of ghee. Fry cashew nuts till golden color. Set this aside too.

Add raisins and fry them...till they pop well. Then set this aside too.

Throw away the fried ghee. Rinse the vessel.....then reheat it.

Add sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring this to boil. Now add cardamom seeds powder to it. Let this sugar solution turn to nice syrup like condition.

Now stir-in toasted cracked wheat. Cover and cook. When it absorbs almost all moisture...add 2-3 cups of milk and cook. Maintain the stove over medum heat.

When it is almost done...stir-in remaining ghee, fried nuts and raisins. Mix them well.

When oil shows up on sides and wheat is done...transfer it to display vessel.

Serve chilled as a dessert!

22.2.06

Godhuma Pradhaman:(Kerala Style)

Wheat Pudding/ Cracked Wheat Pudding/ Godhumai Payasam.

Ingredients:

Cracked wheat 3/4 cup
Jaggery 1 cup
Green cardamom seeds powder 1 spoon
Milk 2-3 cups
Fresh coconut first milk 1 litre
Grated coconut few spoons for decoration
Cashew nuts 1 cup
Raisins 1/2 cup
Ghee 1 cup.

Method:

In a pan, heat ghee and fry cashew nuts till golden color. Set them aside.

In the same oil, fry raisins till they pop-up and set them aside too.

In a separate pan, roast cracked wheat till they turn opaque and reduce in size. One can use few spoons of ghee while roasting.

In a deep bottomed non-stick vessel cook cracked wheat along with milk. Cover and cook over medium flame. Never attempt to add any water. Cook only by using milk.

In the separate pan, heat jaggery along with one cup of water. Let it come to syrup consistency.

Once the wheat is 1/2 done add jaggery and cardamom powder to it.

When it is 3/4 done add fresh coconut milk, cashew nuts and raisins to it. cook without cover. Until coconut milk reduced into half.

Never use watery coconut milk. Use only first milk....i.e., wet grind coconut pieces using minimal water and squeeze for thick extract. And immediately discard the squeezed coconut. Never use any further water in to order to extract milk from it again.

Let it be in runny consistency. Remove from stove.

Serve chilled, garnish with grated coconut just before serving.