Sunday, January 20, 2019

Traditional Huggi - Udupi Style

Huggi is a traditional dish prepared during Dhanurmasa / From December 14 to January 14. This is mid winter season in India. The food we intake is based on Indian culture and is connected with healthy food habits.

Huggi /Pongal is traditionally prepared using raw rice, moong dal and jaggery. Eating rice and moong dal helps to digest the food easily. Rice is full of fiber and moong dal is loaded with proteins. And jaggery helps in taking care of digestion, acidity gas and other things. In olden days people used the food according to the seasons. Seasonal food help us stay healthy because they do loaded with vitamins and minerals. More over it takes care of our body with its nutritional values.
Udupi style of Huggi is not that sweet or loaded with ghee. Raw rice and moong dal is cooked separately or together, then added little ghee and little jaggery. Cardamom, nutmug and clove is powdered and added to huggi. It helps the food we eat, to digest well.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Sweet Huggi is normally prepared with rice and moong dal. Once upon a time Udupi region people used to grow the paddy a lot. So rice must have become the main grain. Rice is digested easily and the hot weather helps us to stay fit.
Huggi is normally eaten with Huli Gojju ./ Tamarind - Jaggery mixture.

Things Needed :

Raw Rice : ( Any good quality rice ) : 1 Cup
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : A little
Cardamom : 4 to 5
Cloves : 2
Nut Meg : Jaikai : A little

Method :

1. Wash and cook raw rice and moong dal together or separately. Let it cool. Grate coconut and keep it aside.

2. Keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery. Melt it with little water. Once it is boiling and completely melted sieve it and keep the clean jaggery aside. Powder cloves, cardamom pods and nut meg.


3. Keep another pan on the fire and put moong dal and rice together to the pan. Add a pinch of salt and cleaned jaggery. Mix it well and let it cook nicely for 3 to 4 minutes.


4. Add a tablespoon of ghee and powdered spice mixture. ( cardamom pods, cloves and nut meg).
5. Stir slowly and mix all the ingredients nicely. Add grated coconut on the top.


6. Shift ready Traditional Huggi to a serving dish. Add little more coconut on the top.
 7. Serve with Huli Gojju  /Tamarind - jaggery mixture .

Note :

Adding cashews and raisins is optional. I have not added.Adding more ghee is optional. I have added ghee just before serving. No need to add more jaggery. Traditional Huggi does contain less sweet.
Time 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.



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