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Nombu kanji

               This is one of my unforgettable dish ,which i had during my childhood days.My neighbour muslim patti used to send me this nombu kanji along with yummy masala vada without fail every two days once during ramadan month. Me and my brother used to have it hot hot with vadas. Till i was in india, i used to get it every year without fail. After coming US, i missed it. I got the recipe from my muslim friend and tried it. It came out perfect .


Basmati rice - 1 cup
Pasiparuppu - 1/2 cup ( moong dhal)
Onion - 1 big
Carrot - 2
Beans - 7 no
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Green chilli - 3 no
Pattai - 1 " piece
Kirambu - 2 no ( cloves)
Ginger - 1 " piece
Garlic - 4 no
Putina - 1/2 cup (Mint leaves)
Kothamalli - 1/2 cup  (clantro)
Tomato - 1 big
Salt - 2 tbsp
Water - 5 1/2 cup


* Chop onion lengthwise.
* Chop tomato into lengthwise pieces.
* Chop mint and coriander leaves.
* Smash garlic and ginger using hand grinder or ammi kal.
* Chop all vegetables in big pieces.
* Soak rice and dhal for 15 minutes.

1. In a cooker, add enough oil and warm it up. Add pattai and kirambu,fry for awhile.
2.Add onion,green chilli,smashed ginger and garlic. Fry till onion is translucent.
3.Add tomato,mint,coriander leaves,chopped carrot and beans, green peas.Give a good stir.
4. Now add soaked rice and dhal. Add enough salt and water. Give a stir and taste for salt. If salt needed, add now and stir it.
5.Close the cooker lid and leave it for 3 or 4 whistle.After 4 whistle, open the lid and check the consistency. It is should me semi solid.Some used to have in liquid form and some like to have it in little thick consistency.If the kanji is not smashed well, smash it with spatula. Serve hot with vada or bonda.


 * This is vegetarian version, non vegetarian can add chicken keema to it.
 * This is similar to veg biryani but only thing is we don't add any masala powder to it.


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