Summer is just setting in here. I just love this season of the year. Early sunrise and late naah! very late sunsets. The weather is too perfect for a lovely walk along the beautiful gardens near my home or for a perfect afternoon BBQ. I am just loving this bright and sunny days. I have started my cooking on the 2nd day after my landing in US. My kitchen was busy helping me with spreading a decent meal for S; salads, spaghetti, soups, sambar, pongal, rasam, Indian curries, egg masala and list goes on. Well, “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” Right? (wink)
Now the post for today isn’t that complicated, its a simple bowl of Sweetened Green Gram. A 3-step dish, which can be whipped in no time. This is one of the most delicious snack made in any South Indian household. My mom used to make them during my growing up days and I am a big addict to it since then. It will be a sure hit among kids. The mild sweetness from the jaggery blends so beautifully with earthly green gram and the cardamon infuses a beautiful aroma to it.
1 cup green gram
1 cup jaggery
5 cardamons – crushed
A pinch of salt
4 + 4 + 2 cups water
Soak the green gram in a bowl containing 4 cups of water overnight. Drain the water next day, add 4 cups of fresh water and steam cook them for 2 whistles. Drain the water and set them aside. Heat a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring it to boil and add the crushed cardamons and finely grated jaggery. Stir it to dissolve them completely. Once they begin to get syrupy about 30 minutes, add the cooked green gram and give it a complete mix.Add a pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness of jaggery. Serve warm in a bowl.