I bought and stored kambu some 4months back.I had few kambu/bajra/pearl millet) recipes in mind but somehow cooking with the millet kept delaying that the pack was kept untouched.Finally a day came or I should say the vazha ilai plate motivated me and I made kambu koozh last month and clicked it….and after that its been regular for breakfast and we just love it…its so refreshing! When hubby said that most of all the sidedishes were the same in the street shops too as the ones I have presented for clicking, I was overjoyed….yay!! so I have done justice right?!!! Check for neeragaram which I posted last summer.
The traditional way of cooking kambu is to cook it in thick bottomed vessel but we need to baby sit for it and also its very time consuming…now who has the time and energy to do that?! atleast that is not for me…So I took the shortcut of cooking kambu in pressure cooker as my neighbor suggested.
I love it with milaga vathal and hubby loves it with raw onion.Though I don’t make all the sidedishes shown in the pic, I wanted to show the accompainments for kambu koozh so clicked with all these and ofcourse enjoyed them too :).
Kambu Koozh Recipe – Ingredients
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Pearl Millet (Kambu) – 1 cup (I used broken kambu)
Water – 3.5 cups
Thin Buttermilk – 2 cups
Salt – to taste
Raw Onion, Green chillies
Note: If you have whole kambu,then sprinkle little water over it and leave it for 15mins then grind it in a mixer to make it coarse…just 2-3 pulse is enough
- I used broken kambu so used it as such.Rinse the kambu well and transfer to pressure cooker and add water and pressure cook in low medium flame for 3-4 whistles.
- Once pressure releases, open and switch on the flame.Keep stirring till it becomes thick enough to roll into a ball.Let it cool down for few mins, then roll them into balls as shown.
- Place the kambu balls in a bowl containing water till immersing level.Let it rest for an hr(you can leave it overnight in the fridge too), you can refrigerate it.Then mix it well.I used my whisk for this.
- Mix well without any lumps, then finally add buttermilk,required salt and give a quick stir.
Serve with raw onion or vadams or pickle of your choice.
- Sowmya told that we can make the cooked kambu balls and refrigerate it the previous night itself. And morning you can just mix it with buttermilk and serve it.She makes it that way and tells it works good too.I think that the traditional way too which lets the millet to ferment and it gives a slight tangy taste too.
- I am not sure whether broken bajra is available at all stores, you can pulse it in mixer. I got it from Nilgiris..Actually I took the whole kambu pack when the sales pati enlightened me saying that broken bajra is easy to cook so got this.
- I have seen readymade bajra powders too, but I recommend getting the millet.
- You can use chilled buttermilk too.
- It usually gets thick after cooling down so switch off accordingly.
- You can even cook kambu in a thick bottomed vessel,Keep stirring occasionally, when the rice is cooked all the water will be absorbed and switch off when it is thick enough to hold as a ball. but it takes time so I usually use the pressure cooker method.
- Make the drink littly runny so that its drinkable. But if you like it as porridge then make it spoon-able.
- Kambu sadam is just to stop with step 2. I will be making a separate post for it in future.