A delicious sweet delicacy with a healthy twist. Broken wheat Pongal rice with date paste
Broken wheat is also known as Dalia is made by grinding whole grains thoroughly. A healthy and easy way to get your daily nutrient intake of iron, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, and many more. This ingredient is commonly used in Indian cuisines to make Upma, Khichdi, Pulao, Porridge, Fried Rice, and Pongal.
I always had a sweet spot for Pongal rice, Every year when we are celebrating the new year my mom used to make Milk rice which is traditional for Sinhalese and my neighbors made pongal rice. After the new year rituals, we exchange food with neighbors which is the most exciting part. When they bring food the sweet and juicy pongal rice is always the first thing that I grab. This recipe that I’m sharing today is an inspiration drawn from those sweet memories.
- 01 cup of broken wheat – Shop Now
- 01 1/2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of mung bean – soaked overnight
- 01 tsp of salt
- 02-star anise
- 02 pods of cardamom – crushed
- 1/2 cup of thick date paste
- 1/4 cup of cashews
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 01 tbsp of margarine/butter
- 01 tsp of Sarsaparilla powder – optional
- Rinse broken wheat a few times in water till water runs clear.
- Add washed broken wheat, mung bean, water, salt, star anise, cardamom, and salt into a medium-sized cooking pot and cook over low heat for about 20-25 minutes till the wheat is tender and moist.
- Next, heat up a skillet and add margarine. When Margarine is melted add cashews and raisins and roast them for 01 to 02 minutes. Set aside.
- To make the date paste, take about 15-20 dates, pit them, and soak them in 3/4 cup of water for 15-20 minutes and blend till you get a smooth paste. Make sure you get good quality and moist dates to get a rich and delicious date paste. If can also add some kithul jaggery palm also as an alternative.
- Add the date paste to the cooking pot along with the roasted cashews, raisins, and sarsaparilla powder and give it a good mix, and cover and cook in low flame for another 05 minutes. Make sure to stir in between so that rice won’t stick to the bottom of the cooking pot.
- Serve warm.
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Can’t wait to see your re-creations