Postpartum/Lactation recipe: Mulagushiyam
This is one of the classic lactation/postpartum recipes made for me by N’s aunt in typical kerala style. This recipe uses simple ingredients like moong dal,milk and channa(garbanzo beans) which are known to induce milk production. Plantain and pumpkin has fiber, so it is a fulfilling meal on its own.White pumpkin is also known to soothe the tummy.
These days, I have started making mulagushiyam even as a soup or like a dal for phulkas. It tastes good when served with hot rice or with idli rice conjee/kanji(rice porridge), which is also a lactation recipe which will be updated soon here.
White Pumpkin(Elavan)-10-12 pieces,cubed
Suran(Chennai)- 10-12 pieces, cubed
Cooked garbanzo beans(either white or kala channa)- 1/2 cup
Cooked moong dal- 1/2 cup
Milk- 1/4 cup
Water- 1/2 cup to 1 cup
Crushed black pepper- atleast 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Hing- 1 pinch
Peel the skin of plantain and chop them into cubes. In a saucepan, add water, suran,(chenai or yam) plantain,pumpkin, salt and turmeric powder,cover and cook them till tender. When the vegetables are done, add the cooked garbanzo beans and the mashed moong dal. Add more water(1/2 cup) if necessary to make it to a consistency like a gravy(say like a kootu but just a bit on the thinner side). Add the crushed black pepper and simmer it for 5-7 minutes.
Add the milk(either boiled and cooled or the usual 2% milk straight from the refrigerator). Switch off.
Heat coconut oil in a pan,add cumin seeds,mustard seeds and hing. When they splutter, pour it over the gravy. Serve hot with rice,topped with ghee. Tastes so good when you are tired and looking for something to eat that will make you feel better I have been told this is the traditional lactation recipe made in palakkad side!
You can also serve this with oats porridge as oats is also good for lactation.
There is no need for any additional spice, just the pepper powder is enough. This is also a good recipe that is without onions or garlic if you want to cook a “no masala meal”
If you think about it,it takes 10-15 minutes to make, if you already have canned garbanzo beans and cooked frozen dal. Make a simple salad like kosamalli/kosumbari to go with it and even lunch/dinner is done on a busy day in under 20 minutes! Or serve this with arachu kalakki or sundried tomato thokku.
Sometimes, suran will turn black or brown in color when you add turmeric powder and cook, there is nothing to worry about the color change.
You can omit the tadka part if you do not want it.
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