March 8, 2011

Brown rice pidi kozhukkattai with flax seeds

Broken brown rice 1 1/4 cup
Broken tuar dal about a handful
Flax seed powder 5 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard 1 tsp
Urad dal 2 tsp
Small piece of red chilli
Green chilli 2 nos
Ginger 1 inch piece grated
Curry leaves few
hing a pinch
Coconut grated(optional)
Oil 2-3 tbsp
Water 21/2 cups

Take oil in a kadai. Once it is hot enough add all the seasoning ingredients starting with mustard. As soon as you add the hing, add water and salt and let it come to just close to boiling. Reduce the flame and slowly add the broken rice and tuar dal stirring at the same time to make sure there are no lumps. Increase the heat and keep cooking until it comes together to a ball like consistency. Let this cool a bit. Once cooled, shape these into oval balls and place them on greased idli plates. Steam for 15 mts. Serve with any kind of chutney, sambar or kothsu.

Broken brown rice is not readily available in stores. It has to be prepared at home. Wash the rice and let it drain thoroughly. Spread the rice out on a towel so the residual water is absorbed. Powder the rice in small batches to the consistency of coarse rawa.
Tuar dal is also to be washed and the water drained completely. Run this in the mixer in pulses. This can be much coarser than rice.
Coconut oil or ghee can be combined with refined oil while seasoning for more flavor.

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