Rice being the staple food of the whole of South India , most of the Palagarams in this region like Idlies , Dosas , Aapams and Uthappams are also prepared using rice and lentils. Pidi Kozhukattai is another traditional steamed dish prepared using broken rice and lentils. Many people nowadays try to cut down on their rice intake due to their sedentary life styles and opt for healthier substitutes. Here is a healthy version of Pidi Kozhukattai known as Kadubu in Kannada prepared using Oats , Lentils and Carrots .
Recipe and Pictures Courtesy: Vidya MuraliINGREDIENTS
Oats – 2 Cups
Split Pigeon Peas / Tur Dal – 2 tbsps ( Soaked, drained and coarsely broken)
Carrot – 1 ( Grated )
Fresh coconut gratings – 2 tbsps
Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Split black gram dal – 1 tsp
Green chillies – 2 ( Chopped )
Fresh ginger ( grated ) – 2 tsps
Curry leaves – a few
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Salt – 3/4 tsp
Curds – 2 tbsps (Optional)
1. Dry roast Oats till it turns brown emanating a pleasant nutty aroma and keep it aside .
2. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds followed by split black gram dal.
3. When the dal turns golden in colour add asafoetida, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves.
4. Stir in carrot gratings and add two cups of water.
5. Add salt, coconut gratings and curds ( Omit curd if you are vegan ) and bring it to a boil.
6. Stir in roasted Oats and broken dal, cover and cook on medium flame till it absorbs all the water.
7.Take a scoop of the cooked Oats and shape it into a Kozhukattai using your wet palms without pressing too much.
8. Make all the Kozhukattais similarly using the cooked Oats, place them on greased Idly plates and steam them for 6 minutes.
9. Let the Carrot and Oats Kozhukattais rest for ten minutes before you take them out .
Enjoy the healthy Carrot and Oats Kozhukattais with any chutney and gojju / vattal kozhambu of your choice .