Ingredient: Salt

Haalu Menasina Saaru

Haalu Menasina Saaru

A hand-me-down recipe from my grandmom, this Haalu menasina saaru ( literally translates to milk pepper rasam) is a rich and soupy rasam recipe that is just right for cold and nippy days. It has pepper, urad dal and channa dal as a base, cooked […]

Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

A welcome twist to the good old ragi dosa with a Mexican filling inside. Healthy, quick, easy and full of flavour. Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes. You have a healthy snack ready to bite into, especially during the cold evenings.

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger – there’s no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Come January, it is the time for harvesting happiness as Makara Sankranthi – the harvest festival falls on either the 14th or 15th of January, every year. It is the time when the winter sun marks the transition of the Sun into its celestial path and begins his northward journey. The traditional Indian calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event.

This is also the time when all the farmers celebrate their first harvest of the season and offer it to the Gods. It is a way of expressing gratitude for all the good things that have been received.

Of course, Sankranti celebrations and rituals vary from region to region and in Karnataka we celebrate it with a special mixture of yellu ( til), bella (jaggery) that is mixed with roasted and peeled groundnuts, dried coconut and fried gram dal which is just right for the season (winter) to keep the body warm.

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Little Millet Pongal

Here’s what little millet looks like when you buy it from the store. I buy mine from the organic farmer’s market that happens once a month near my place. This is an unpolished version of the little millet which has nutrients intact.

Saame pongal-Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter

Significance of yellu bella during Sankranti:

The til is known to negate all the toxins in our body and the jaggery keeps our body warm, since both these are warmers, the dried coconut is known to have cooling properties which balances the heat. The groundnut of course is for the protein and anti-oxidants. So it is a perfect balance of all the ingredients to keep the body in sync with the season.

Nostalgia

I remember the days when I was young and my grandmom would painstakingly cut the jaggery, dried coconut with a scissor specifically designed for cutting them into small chunks. She would lay them on the terrace to sun dry and how we’d sneak into the space to stealthily pop in some jaggery and coconut only to get yelled by her later ha ha ha. Those are the days I really miss the most and the memories still remain afresh. If only we could travel back in time! Phew!

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Anyway, coming back to little millet pongal – the general norm at most household is to make pongal with rice and moong dal. However, owing to curb some carbs and eating healthy, we switched to millets 3 years ago. ever since then it has been millets pongal on Sankranthi. Of course, you could make this with red rice/brown rice. But making it with millets keeps you all the more lighter.

Little millet tastes the closest to rice and is not too bland either. It tastes just right and would be the perfect breakfast even on other days or as an option for lunch box.

Why little millet:

  • Because it is high on fiber
  • Simple to cook
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Is great for diabetics

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Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal
Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe
Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger - there's no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.
Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal
Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe
Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger - there's no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Ingredients
For tempering
Instructions
  1. To begin making the little millet saame pongal, mix the little millet and moong dal together and wash it 3-4 times. Keep it aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add the mustard, jeera - once they crackle add the green chillies, hing, turmeric and curry leaves. Now add the cashews and fry till they turn golden brown. Keep a small portion of this for garnishing.
  3. Now add the little millet and moong dal - give it a quick mix. Add 2 cups of water to this and wait till it comes to a slight boil.
  4. Time to add the ginger, pepper powder and salt - give it a quick mix. Close the pressure cooker and let it cook until 2-3 whistles. Once the cooker cools, open and give it a fluff, check if you need to add more water in case it is a bit dry. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a bit of seasoning.
Recipe Notes

You can use foxtail millet/ barnyard millet as well instead of little millet if you want to experiment.

You could also try this recipe with brown/red rice instead of millets.

Roasted Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

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Ragi Paniyaram With Dill and Onions

Ragi Paniyaram With Dill and Onions

Simple, filling, nutritious and healthy – these ragi paniyarams with dill and onions are a treat for the taste buds. With just 5 ingredients, make the quickest brekfast for those hectic mornings. 

Hulisoppu | Mixed Greens Curry

Hulisoppu | Mixed Greens Curry

This recipe for Hulisoppu is simple food that is simply delicious – Healthy, full of greens and tasty, this traditional and authentic Karnataka preparation, is native to most rural areas in Karnataka and is a must-try if you love adding greens in your diet. It is also the ultimate comfort food with ragi mudde (ragi balls) or even a bowl of steamed rice.

HuliSoppu - Slurpy Platter

Hulisoppu – roughly translates to tangy greens – However, in this context, it is a concoction of mixed greens (Spinach (palak), (Dantu) Amaranthus and Harive, another kind of green that belongs to the Amaranthus family).

If you do not find harive soppu, you can most definitely use spinach and amaranth to make this curry. The essence of it lies in the simplicity of this curry and is extremely tasty. It is usually paired with ragi mudde (Learn how to make ragi mudde with step-wise instructions and pictures).

HuliSoppu - Slurpy Platter

You can also pair it with akki rotti, steamed rice and dosa. This is one of those recipes you want in your quick-and-easy list for days when you need something on the table fast and you’d prefer it to be healthy and absolutely satisfying.

Hulisoppu - sindhu bharadwaj

This would be perfect for lunch/dinner even on a weeknight. I hope you like this recipe and try it. Do leave your feedback and tag @slurpyplatter on Instagram if you like it!

HuliSoppu - Slurpy Platter
Hulisoppu | Mixed Greens Curry
This recipe for Hulisoppu is simple food that is simply delicious. A traditional and authentic Karnataka recipe which is easy, ready in 30 minutes and absolutely healthy and satisfying.
HuliSoppu - Slurpy Platter
Hulisoppu | Mixed Greens Curry
This recipe for Hulisoppu is simple food that is simply delicious. A traditional and authentic Karnataka recipe which is easy, ready in 30 minutes and absolutely healthy and satisfying.
Servings Prep Time
3People 15Minutes
Cook Time
15Minutes
Servings Prep Time
3People 15Minutes
Cook Time
15Minutes
Ingredients
Seasoning
Instructions
  1. To begin making the hulisoppu, heat a tsp of oil in a frying pan and saute the onions, jeera, green chillies and coconut. Allow it to cool and transfer it a bowl.
  2. In the same pan cook the spinach, amaranthus and harive until they wilt and the raw smell dissipates. Allow it to cool.
  3. Mix it with the other ingredients in step 1 and grind it to a slightly smooth paste by adding very little water. Transfer the mixture to a pan and bring to a boil on low flame.
  4. In a small pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, once it splutters and the curry leaves. Sprinkle it over the curry and enjoy it with a bowl of steamed rice or ragi mudde.
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Broccoli Almond Soup

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Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings

Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings

A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.

Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings

The Monsoons are here and the only thing that the tummy craves for is a spicy something that goes with a cuppa chai to soothe your senses during the downpour. How therapeutic it is to simply sit and watch the rain drops with an equally flavourful chai that is infused with the sharp taste of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices that burst forth and makes your taste buds dance in joy. Just next to it with a plate full of steaming hot dumplings that has a melange of millet, lentils and the ubiquituous onions, fresh cilantro and the ingredient-that-I-cannot-live-without – HING ( a generous pinch NEVER Harms) 🙂 The hands can’t stop reaching out to them and sipping on the heavenly chai. Life is delicious! Ain’t it?

Phew! Okay, time for you to try your hands at these delectable dumplings. The process is not very painstaking, however, just a tad bit of patience will let you do a tremendous job! Yes, getting together all the ingredients and steaming them is all that it takes to this make these beauties.

Nucchina Unde is a popular traditional Karnataka recipe which is generally as a snack or as a starter especially during festivals. ‘Nucchu’ is broken lentil/grain or millet and ‘unde’ means dumplings. The process of breaking down the millet and then steaming it results in Nucchina Unde. It is usually made with lentils and here is a millet version of nucchina unde with lentils.

I have used Foxtail millets along with lentils in this recipe because not only does it add the fiber quotient along with the proteins, but also makes it a great option for lunch box.

Navane Nucchin Unde 2

Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak foxtail millet in a bowl for 6-8 hours.
  2. Wash the toor dal, channa dal and moong dal and soak it for 3 hours.
  3. Drain the water and mix the lentils and millet. Mix the other ingredients along with them except onion and grind it to a coarse mixture.
  4. Add salt and onion and quickly mix it with the coarse mixture.
  5. Grease the idly plates with ghee. Make lemon sized balls out of the coarse mixture and flatten it to resemble a malai chum chum.
  6. Steam them for 15-20 minutes until they are done. Pair it with ghee or yogurt based curry/chutney.
Recipe Notes

This can be made a starter for your parties as a healthy option as well as served for a fortifying breakfast.

Mavinakayi Saaru | Instant Raw Mango Rasam

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