Thursday, August 12, 2010

Uppudu Pindi and a Thank You Note from Kiran and Happy Teej

Hello friends,


Happy Teej to all my fellow married Indian Ladies. For my readers who do not know what it is, here you go. This is Teej in Jaipur (Courtesy info: Wikipedia).


Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness. An elaborate procession is taken out in Jaipur for two consecutive days on the festive occasion which is watched by people in large numbers. The Teej idol is covered with a canopy whereas the Gangaur idol is open.


Thank to all of you who have participated in Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday event of yesterday. Please follow the link to check all the participating mouth watering recipes.


Here is a very easy, quick and favorite dinner in my mom's family. It is called "Uppudu Pindi". If you are from Andhra, you may have a clue on what this is. This is a very unusual dish, if you haven't heard about it before.


I love it, because it is easy to prepare and has both rice and dal in it. And, can be simply eaten with plain yogurt or any spicy chutney or gravy curry.


Uppudu Pindi (Rice and Lentil Savory porridge)




Ingredients
Idli Rava (It is coarsely ground rice grains) - 1 cup
Moong Dal (Split Green Gram) - 1/4 cup, washed and drained
Fresh Shredded Coconut - 1/4 to 1/2 cup (per your liking) - I used frozen
Water - 3 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Urad Dal (Split Black Gram) - 1 tbsp
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) - 1 tsp
Rai (Mustard Seeds) - 1 tsp
Sabut Lal Mirch (Dry Red Chili) - 3 broken in pieces
Heeng (Asefoetida) - one pinch
Salt - as per taste
Preparation

  • Take a deep bottomed vessel, add oil to it.
  • Once oil is hot, add urad dal, rai, jeera, lal mirch.
  • Once the seeds are spluttering and urad dal is golden brown, add water, coconut and moong dal to it and let the water come to boil.
  • Once the water is boiling properly, add idli rava slowly while stirring it continuously. Stir it nicely and cover and cook on the lowest heat setting for about 4-5 min. You will see that it will be nice smooth mass like upma or you will see that the grains are cooked. But, they will not be as separated as upma, just soft and smooth. 
  • Turn off the heat and let it be there for at least 2-3 more min. before serving as it will be very very hot :)

Serving
We usually make it for dinner. And, the best serving is with plain yogurt and some spicy chutney. Remember, that we have not added any spices to it other than those red chilies in tempering.


I am sharing a sweet "Thank You" note from Kiran of Sumadhura, who posted her Cooking With Whole Foods: Barley roundup. Please do visit the roundup, you will be amazed at how much you can do with Barley. Thank you so much Kiran for sharing this with me.




Sending this recipe to MLLA # 26 hosted by Briciole and started by Susan.




That's all for now. Take care till next post.

28 comments:

PranisKitchen said...

thats so nice to know abt the festival Teej.
The rice lentil porridge looks so delicious..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks yum n delicious...simply mouthwatering rice/dal upma dear.we saute idlirava in ghee til light brown and then add to boiling water.Happy teej to u too darling...hope all well @ ur end god bless..

Kiran said...

Dear Priya,

Happy Teej to you too.

Uppudu pindi is my most favorite dish in tiffins.Love to have it with yogurt and avakaya.In India we my mom used to make ravva with regular rice(not idly rice) and make it.Here I too use idly ravva to make this.

It's been a while I made it.You tempted me.Will make it this week.

Thank you for your nice words regarding the barley round up.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

It's my Dad's fav porridge. yummy...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Hamaree Rasoi said...

It's my Dad's fav porridge. yummy...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Looks wonderful dear!

notyet100 said...

happy teej,..:-)
tis one looks so yummy,,,

aipi said...

its really amazing how i am learning about the different cultures from my own country..thanx to blogsphere
Teej is a very big festival for married women in bihar and UP as well only it is celebrated a little later in the year and is called 'haritalika teej'..
Happy teej to you as well
Uppudu pindi looks great :)

SS blogs here said...

Happy Teej to you too! Cheers!

Satya said...

uppudi pindi is my favorite too ...u my mom used to prepare this n u know after marriage when i came to inlaws place my MIL used to make this n mix mango pickle,some podi nicely n make it into balls n give us alternatively to me n my hubby ...yummy ....but after coming to US all those golden days gone :(


Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey wish u de same gal...
Tis Uppudu name is new to me...but i cook sumthing similar n call it pongal...though it is not cooked like a porridge. Liked ur recipe, a very fulfilling meal.

Nitha said...

Looks great dear..

Swathi said...

Uppudu pindi looks delicious, nice breakfast item. Thanks for introducing me to Tej festival.

Babli said...

Very nice and interesting dish.Rice porridge looks delicious and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

Ms.Chitchat said...

As aptly pointed by Aipi, we come to know a lot about our different cultures thro'blogs. Thanks for sharing info about Teej. Uppudu pindi is new to me,sounds tasty.

PriyaVaasu said...

Hi Priya!!!! Uppudu pindi/Arisi Upma looks yummy!!! My Mom used to make it.Love that wonderful aroma,it gives!!!

Pavithra Srihari said...

Happy Teej to you too sweetie !!! Never heard this recipe before and it sounds good

The Housewife said...

Teej sounds like so much fun.. someday I hope to make a trip to Rajasthan! The uppudu Pindi looks so good.. it'l be perfect with the avakkai sitting in my pantry! :)

Akila said...

Thats looks lovely dear....

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Sushma Mallya said...

Happy theej priya, and dish seems very healthy & delicious...

sowmya's creative saga said...

something like upma kozhakattai..but with idli rava makes this a novel recipe..

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious haven't had this

Sanjeeta kk said...

Thanks for the nostalgic treat from my hometown. Love the post and the recipe.

TREAT AND TRICK said...

I'm learning something new here...sounds healthy and yummy....

Gulmohar said...

Happy Teej...savory poridge looks yumm

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy Teej..uppudu pindi looks yummy and healthy.

Yummy Team said...

Delicious and healthy looking porridge..Would love to try it sometime..

Simona said...

Looks delicious. And thanks for the information about Teej. Thanks for participating.

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