Pearl millet which is called as kambu in Tamil is rich in fiber, proteins and phosphorus. It is very good in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. Kambu is important food in villages in Tamil Nadu. It is had as staple food by farmers as it is high energy food and easy to digest. It is good to include this wonder millet often in our diet. It is full of goodness and of course aids in weight loss. I have used store bought kambu flour and refer notes section to know how to make kambu flour at home.
Total time required : 20 minutes
No. Of serving : 4
- Kambu maavu – 1/4 cup
- Water – 2 cups
- Buttermilk – 1 cup
- Small onion – 10
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves – 6
- Green chilli – 2
- Oil – 1 tsp
- Salt – as required
1. Take kambu flour in a mixing bowl and add water to it. Mix well without lumps.
2. Keep it in low flame and cook well stirring continuously until it becomes thick like porridge.
3. Once it becomes thick, remove from flame and let it cool a bit.
4. Add the buttermilk to the cooked porridge and mix well. Keep aside.
5. Now temper the items by heating oil in a pan, add mustard seeds to it.
6. Once it splutters add slited green chilli, curry leaves and finely chopped onions. Saute well until it turns soft.
7. Add the tempering along with salt to the prepared kanji and mix well.
8. Serve and enjoy this healthy drink with pickle.
TO MAKE KAMBU FLOUR AT HOME:
- Dry roast kambu in medium flame until it gets well roasted. Grind it into fine powder and sieve it once to remove any particles or lumps. Once it cools, store in airtight container.