Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Powerpacked Multigrain Porridge(Kanji)

Know what you Eat -Finger millet(Ragi) is a very nutritious food with a complex carbohydrate profile and low glycemic index. It is especially valuable as it contains the amino acid methionine which is lacking on staples like polished rice or maize meal. Mung bean, Black chick pea, Broken and roasted bengal gram are very good source of protein. Quinoa is a complete protein food with all the essential amino acids in them. Oats and barley are rich in fiber. Chia seeds are good source of omega 3. Almonds are good source of Vitamin E.

Do you know even Kids experience stress? My elder one will be going to fourth grade from September. When he started preschool, before going to school he would refuse to have any breakfast. If we force him, he would throw up. I tried different things starting from pancake, waffle, toast, cereal, Idli and Dosa. He wasn't a fussy eater, but none of these things would work on a school day. I didn't feel quite comfortable sending him with a glass of milk and then the idea of giving this home made porridge stuck me. This porridge is made in lot of house holds in South India for years and even now. Many of you might me familiar with it , i just added few of the other grains to make it power packed. Now i give this porridge to my daughter every day for breakfast and i also have it some times to get some instant energy. To top it all, my Sister's younger one loved this porridge. She was visiting us with her kids for few weeks and i am posting this one especially for her as she wanted to make some for her toddler.

We got another lovely blog award today. Thanks Vidya for sharing this award with us. In the past few months of blogging we have made so many blogger friends. So can't share this award with five or ten but would like to share this award with all of them. We learn from each other and all of you are our source of inspiration and encouragement.




Ingredients

African Finger Millet (Ragi) - 4 cups
Whole green mung bean - 1/2 cup
Roasted bengal gram(Dalia) - 1/2 cup
Oats - 1/2 cup
Quinoa - 1/2 cup
Black Chick Pea - 1/2 cup
Almonds - 1/2 cup
Barley - 1/4 cup
Chia seeds - 1/4 cup

Method

1) Rinse, drain and soak ragi grain over night in water. Then drain them and tie in a fine muslin cloth. Once ragi starts sprouting, remove from the muslin cloth and spread it out on cotton cloth to remove excess moisture. Sun or shade dry till they are dried. Now dry roast this sprouted ragi till you get a sweet aroma.
2) Do the same procedure for Green mung bean and black chick pea, leave them to sprout. Dry them and roast them till they are well roasted.
3) Dry roast Roasted bengal gram(Dalia), Oats, Quinoa, Almonds, Barley, Chia seeds.
4) Combine all the roasted grains and in a food processor grind them to fine powder and store in a airtight container.
5) I normally keep some outside and all the excess porridge powder in a freezer.

To make the porridge

1) Take 2 tbsp of porridge powder and mix in 1/4 cup of water without any lumps, boil for 5-7 minutes till the porridge is completely cooked. Now add sugar or powdered jaggery and 3/4 cup of milk and mix thoroughly and enjoy.
2) If you don't want it sweet, add little bit of salt and some butter milk and enjoy.
3) To make a thick bowl of porridge add 4 tbsp of porridge powder and use 1/2 cup of water and cook it. Now add little bit of milk to the desired consistency.
4) You can also add roasted cardamom seeds and saffron strands and grind along with porridge powder to get a nice aroma.
5) The variations you can make or endless with this one.
6) This is good even for people with diabetes because of the complex carbohydrate profile of ragi and the power packed protein content of the other grains.

Event Participation

This dish goes to EFM June Breakfast series hosted by Srish.
This dish also goes to My Legume Love Affair - 13 hosted by Sunshinemom and started by Susan.

33 comments:

Padma said...

Nice healthy and filling kanji :)

Trupti said...

looks yummy and healthy. Congrats on award.

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Ann said...

Very healthy and yummy! Complete Health Package.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks lovely....

Priya said...

Delicious porridge! truly delectable and healthy!

ARUNA said...

that's a healthy porridge!!!

iRaw said...

What a great idea and this is loaded with healthy goodness! I really appreciate the time you take to write nutrition/health information with your entries, thank you, your blog is awesome!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My mom used to make diferent kanjis,this too...now a days I forget everything...
such a healthy drink!

bindiya said...

This looks really good and healthy.

Madhuram said...

Ragi kanji is the first thing introduced to children after breast milk. My grandmother also used to prepare it the same way except for oats, quinoa and chia.

jayasree said...

I buy the packet which has roasted arounf 13 roasted grains in it. I powder it and use. Adding oats is a nice idea.
You can make ladoos with this powder by adding to the jaggery syrup.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow indeed a power packed porridge.. wonderful.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...looks delectable.....

Suparna said...

hey ladies :)
Woo really as the name indicates its a powepacked porridge, looks great. Health benifits are umpteen so let me start gathering the ingredients needed for this and make a bottle of it for me and S :) Thanks

Congratulations...am so glad both of u got a well deserving pretty looking award :)
Enjoy!!
TC
TC

Parita said...

Conggratulations on the award dears..thats one power packed drink, it will be a grt breakfast for working people too, i'll try this coming weekend!

Hari Chandana said...

looks yummm and healthy too... congrats on ur award!!

Varunavi said...

nice and healthy :)

Vidya said...

very healthy. My mom sends us packets of this kanji powder every time we go to India. Looved the addition of chia, quinoa and oats.
I have once made laddu with this and it came out pretty good.

shri said...

Such a healthy drink and it looks so delicious!

lata raja said...

The Kanji is the best considering the 'Power'packed in it.

Kalaivani said...

what a healthy drink?my mom used to make multigrain kanji. will try ur version.

sangi said...

Healthy&delicious..tnx for sharing...

Pooja said...

Wow what a nutrition packed porridge! So healthy!

Ashwini said...

healthy breakfast.. it will be energising in the morning

chakhlere said...

Hey this is nice healthy breakfast recipe!!
Looks yummy!!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments, really appreciate it.

Arch said...

My mom made this for my son when he was little, with ragi and wheat. Now I get the ready packets with 13-15 grains including almonds, oats, cashewnuts...Its really a very healthy breakfast. My son is 3 now and still has this every morning with milk and jaggery !

kittymatti said...

congrats, healthy and nice recipe

CHAITRA said...

Very healthy n nutritive Kanji!!
Drop in sometime

Sunshinemom said...

Nothing like a protein and ragi kanji for nutrition and taste. I make something similar though the proportions and some ingredients vary. Thanks for the healthy entry.

Chana said...

re: Ragi Kanji
Is there a supplier of ragi kanji in N.Y.? I've been told that the ragi millet flour is available sometimes, but I would like to have the whole grain to sprout.
~chana,ny/usa

Chana said...

Priya, I've been inspired to try this recipe after reading yours, but I'd like to find some ragi millet to sprout and follow your
mix more closely. Where is it available here in USA (eastcoast)?
~chana

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Chana,

Sorry for the late reply, we all were busy in 4th July weekend and so on....As far as ragi powder/flour is easily available in any Indian store, and I have also seen whole ragi in one of the store here in NJ. Buying online could be another option..Google it you will definitely find somethiing.
The Kanji recipe that you asked about is from my co-blogger friend, who is no longer with A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine anymore, but as far as I know her mother in India, used to send all the sprouted/grinded mixture from there for her, so I am not sure you can make the same here...as it needs the typical "Chakki" to grind to very fine powder like consistency, or you might want to try out in coffee grinder little by little..

I hope this helps, Let me know if there is anything that I can assist you with.
Thanks
Muskaan

 
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