Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Green gram conjee with Moong dhal thuvayal

When I was officially daughter to my mom ;), she made it sure that we have conjee / kanji atleast two weeks once. Said kanji cools ur body. (Now I understand why we were given this when we had fever) With this reason she makes, many variations of kanji - ulundu, pachai payaru, pasi paruppu. Name any dhal variety and she makes a kanji out of it. She once went to the extreme and added loads of garlic cloves and made a poodu kanji but thank god it was used as a medicinal preparation and hence everyone got only half a glass of it. Such a Kanji fanatic she is but for our very own goodness. She usually serves it with some variety of thuvayals.

Whenever we are bed-ridden with fever, amma usually makes us ulundu kanji with broken black skinned urad dhal. She gives us this and rasam saadam for our alternate meals. But believe me, both the meals soothes and relieves you from the fever dizziness and I love having this. But in ordinary days I just run like a lunatic when she brings me a bowl of this. I don't know why but I hate this. And so she started making ulundu saadam with chicken curry to make me eat it. I loved the combination of these two and since then I run again, but towards it with a plate in hand.

So following her words of wisdom in culinary and kai vaithyam, I have started making kanjis frequently especially during the summers. This is not with the split urad dhal but I substituted it with whole green grams and for side I made a simple moong dhal thuvayal (my favie). The combination of the crunchy lentils along with the mushy flavored rice is an awesome combination.

What is Congee/ Kanji?
Congee is a type of rice porridge popular in many Asian countries.To prepare the dish, rice is boiled in large amounts of water until it softens significantly.
In Tamil Nadu, it is a staple food in many house-holds, though rice is boiled, allowed to ferment overnight and then had in the morning as breakfast along with pickle/onions. This is another way to make the traditional kanji but wat I have made here is by following the former method.

~*What U Need*~
Raw rice - 1 1/2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Garlic cloves - 3
Green chilli(Large) - 1
Whole Green gram - 2 handfuls
Fenugreek seeds - 10

How I Made it:
Wash and clean the rice and green gram.
Pressure cook all the ingredients for 4 whistles or till mushy.

Serve hot with any thuvayals / pickles. The conjee can be made in watery / semi-gravy consistency. This is the best food for fever-ridden people.

~*What U Need*~
Moong dhal - 2 handfuls
Dried red chilli - 2
Water - as needed
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
GArlic cloves - 3
Tamarind - marble sized piece

How I made it:
Dry roast the moong dhal and tamarind till brown.
Powder it into semi-coarse powder.
Add all the other ingredients and sufficient amount of water and blend well.

* You should get tiny bits of crunchy moong dhal in between.
* Add water little by little to get the correct consistency. It should not be watery. You should be able to make a ball out of it.

Linking this to Iftar moments held by Jabeen's corner

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  1. Haven't heard of this.. Kanji with green gram.. Absolutely new to me.. Healthy too..

  2. Awesome recipe combo dear:) loved every bit of it... Kanji with whole moong dal is new to me. Bookmarked it. It is true what u say... "Mom knows best":) Kind regards to your dear mom....Do post more recipes based on your mom's kai vaithiyam...

  3. Lovely looking moongdal preparation. Clicks are excellent.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. love this combo moondal n rice...but this version is new to me...
    thanks for sharing..

  5. Nice combo...Always have it during summers

  6. very nice combo...healthy summer treat...i make moon tuvaiyal lil' different way..this is so good..

  7. very interesting combination indeed Vimitha...

  8. Healthy thuvaiyal, indeed. Perfect with ghee rice.

  9. Lovely recipe...We call it Khichiri...

  10. Lovely combo, and the thuvaiyal looks awesome.

  11. Lovely recipe...We call it Khichiri...

  12. wow that is an intresting combination!!!!

  13. yummy combination perfect for iftar looks wonderful

  14. Looks very comforting and healthy...

  15. This is new to me...Interesting combo...

  16. Moms are the best n they always know what is best for you too ~ nice post n recipe, sounds so comforting!
    Us Masala

  17. This is new to me. Good to know all these interesting food facts and its great recipe.

  18. Yummy and interesting thogayal :)

  19. Mum's recipe is always the best, lovely thuvayal...

  20. This sounds so soothing..

    Thanks For Linking it with Iftar Nights..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

  21. Good one Vimitha...This recipe is sure handy & a keeper..Thx for sharing this :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  22. Looks very gud ...nice recipe type :)

  23. This is delicious! I would eat it tonight for dinner! Send me some here to Rome:)

  24. thats super again. nice combo. It is new to me. We used to have using black gram only. ur recipe looks colourful



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