Red Millet kudumulu or Kolukkatis
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
This is an easy and must have Naivedyam on a busy festive day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Red millets are low in sugar & fat, high in fiber and rich in several essential minerals and vitamins. Traditionally this recipe is made with rice flour, this modified version is much more healthier than rice kudumulu.
- Red millet flour 2 cups, freshly ground
- Jaggery, powdered or grated or shaved,1 cup
- Cardamom powder, ½ tsp
- Nutmeg powder ¼ tsp (optional)
- Add ½ cup of warm water to jaggery and let it melt, no need to heat it up; Strain the jaggery once it is dissolved in water to remove the impurities.
- Blend whole red millets in a dry jar of vitamix blender. There is no need to fry them before blending. Take millet flour out of blender to a bowl.
- Slowly add jaggery water to Millet powder to make soft balls. Use your judgement and add water to the millet powder until the dough comes to soft consistency. If you add less water you will see cracks when you make balls and, after you steam it will be hard. If you add more water it will stick to your hand and it won’t steam properly.
- Bring it to pizza dough consistency.
- Divide the dough into small lemon size balls, flatten the ball with fingers to make finger shapes or into any flat shape of your choice. Arrange them in double boiler or on greased idli plate and steam on high flame for 15-20 minutes.
Secret to this recipe is fresh millet flour. If you use the store-bought flour, they come out slightly bitter, not even close to the delicious taste you get with freshly ground flour.