Moongil Arisi Pongal / Bamboo Rice Pongal

Few months back we had a wonderful trip to Masinagudi, there came to know about the Bamboo rice, how it’s cultivated, harvested through a security uncle of our resort. Also he guided us where to purchase Bamboo Rice, that was freshly harvested in and around Masinagudi. I totally forgot about this rice, finally while cleaning kitchen, got to see this Bamboo rice and immediately planned to prepare a dish out of this Bamboo rice. It was during Navratri – Saraswathi Puja – so I prepared pongal.

It was yummy and delicious. Let me share the recipe…
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Ingredients:

  • Moongil Arisi / Bamboo Rice – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – a pinch

Preparation:

  • Soak bamboo rice / moongil arisi in water for 5 to 6 hrs.
  • Prepare Jaggery syrup – Crush the jaggery, take it in a heavy-bottom vessel, pour ½ cup of water, stir until the jaggery dissolves and cook in medium flame, until it comes to a syrup consistency.
  • Pressure-cook moongil arisi/ bamboo rice for 4 whistles, remove the lid when the pressure releases.
  • Meanwhile boil the milk, sprinkle cardamom powder and cook in medium flame until reduces to ½ the quantity.
  • Heat a small pan, add ghee/clarified butter, cashew nuts and raisins, cook until the cashew nuts turn golden brown. Remove from fire.
  • Add the pressure-cooked bamboo rice/moongil arisi to the milk along with the nuts roasted in ghee/clarified butter followed by a pinch of salt.
  • Stir well and cook in medium flame for another few mins or until all the ingredients blend well with the milk.
  • Pour in the jaggery syrup and add the grated coconut, give a mix, cook in low flame for few mins or until it thickens.

Serve hot. This can be served for any occasions, but I prefer it as an offering to God and later served among families.

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