At the dining table, nothing could make N’s face light up like the times when he sees kharabath, rava idli or ragi mudde for a weekend breakfast. Kharabath is something he can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if he goes to Bangalore for an official trip and comes back home, he would expect my dishes to be on the same level as SLV food chain or the MTR -Mavalli Tiffin room.
Though kharabath(rava upma) or rava idlis needs a bit of preparation, ragi mudde is something very easy to prepare and it is very healthy. There is even a saying that people who eat ragi mudde will have more physical strength than the others. Ragi kanji is good for people looking forward to reduce weight but on a proper diet.
Ingredients: (makes 6 balls/muddes)
Ragi flour- 1 cup
Water- 2 cups
Oil or Ghee- 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Boil water in a pot (non stick sauce pan is very useful for this). Whichever pan you use, it has to be tall rather than a wide pan. Do not use a frying pan for making/boiling this water.
When the water starts to boil, simmer the flame, add salt to taste, add ghee or oil and add the ragi flour. Mix once and cover and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Do not keep on mixing as it will only make the mudde’s soft and mushy.
After 4-5 minutes, remove the cover and swirl all the contents into one big ball and make sure that there aren’t any lumps.
Keep ice cold water in a cup handy. Dip your hands into the ice cold water and start making lemon sized balls out of the cooked ragi flour. You have to do this as soon as the ragi is out of the stove and that is why ice water is needed to dip the fingers in the water. Arrange the mudde’s on a plate.
Ragi mudde is usually served hot with something spicy like a sambar or pachidi or kozhambu. And the way to eat this ragi mudde is to pick a piece from the balls soaked in sambar, and swallow it. Do not chew or expect to get a bite.
If I make ragi mudde for breakfast, I like to eat it in Tamilnadu style by adding some freshly chopped pearl onions, some mango pickle and some yogurt to make it like a koozh like consistency. Whichever way you like to eat it, I am sure you would love it. Simple but it packs a punch.
Lovely blogger buddy Rachana shared a Happy 10-Sweet friends award with me today. Girl, you are gonna make my life an open book(blog), I tell you 😀
Many congratulations on the Happy 10 award Rachana and thank you so much for sharing the award with me and the things that you expect me to write will be here tomorrow.
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