Tuesday, June 15, 2021

ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕರವಾದ ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕ ತೆಂಗಿನ ಹಾಲಿನ ಗಂಜಿ. / Healthy Coconut milk Porridge.

Coconut Milk Porridge is one of the traditional and yummy dish that has come from generations.
It is healthy and has filled with our culture. 

I feel very happy and emotional to write this particular  post because this Coconut Milk Porridge bring memory I cherished in my childhood.
I have been grown up with my doddamma and doddappa where these memories are hidden.
My Doddappa - Doddamma lived near Udupi a place called Udyavara. Doddappa was a headmaster of a school called RC Shale in those days. 
Doddamma a pure house wife and she taught me most of the things.
Let me come back to the culture side what and when normally this coconut porridge is cooked and how the tradition is cherished even today.

"Hosatu" is one of the celebration During Navarathri. 
We grow Paddy during Monsoon days and during Navarathri this paddy is fully grown in that region.
One of the day of Navarathri  each house fixes a day to celebrate bringing new paddy grains to home.
The fully grown Paddy plants ( A few) are brought to home with Jaagante (the loud noise made on bronze plate with wooden stick), and the bell after pooja. And it is placed in a pooja room. 5 paddy grains are removed from the plant first. The husk from the 5 paddy grains are taken out and mixed with the rice which has to be cooked. 
This Porridge is eaten with cucumber Kosumbari and ghee.
Coconut milk contain healthy fatty acids.
It helps in boost heart health.
It encourages fat burning .
It helps to produce good cholesterol level. 
It is good for hair health, skin health and teeth health.

Lets see the recipe Now. 
Raw Rice/ I used Sona Masoori Rice : 2 Cups
Water : 4 cups or little more.
Coconut Milk from 1 coconut.
 
Method :
1. Wash Rice and keep it aside.
2. Boil 4 cups of water and put rice and cook till its soft.
3. Grate 1 coconut and grind it with 1 cup of water and sieve. Take out the milk.
4. Put coconut back to mixi jar add some water and then grind again. Sieve this again and take out the milk from it.
5. Now check the rice for softness. It it is cooked fully add coconut milk and bring it to boil.
Just boiling once is good for health. 
6. Shift the Ganji /Porridge to a serving dish and serve with ghee and pickle.
7. Healthy Kaayi Ganji/Coconut Milk Ganji is ready to serve.
Note :
The rice should not be over cooked. Little water can be added while cooking. 
It should not be very watery. Do not boil the Porridge many times after adding coconut milk. Remember it should be only one boil.

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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