Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ondelaga Kheer - Centella Milk Shake

ONDELAGA KHEER FOR HAPPY UGADI


Ondelaga ( Centella asiatica) also known as Saraswathi Soppu is a medicinal herb which  has numerous therapeutic properties. The creeper gives out single leaves on long stems and hence the name Ondelaga ( meaning one leaf or single leaf ). I have heard this herb being recommended  for children to improve their cerebral health and memory power. Known as Vallarai keerai in Tamil it is also used for culinary purposes. Chutny, dal , and tambli  are the dishes usually prepared using Ondelaga / Vallarai. I was surprised and even thrilled when my sister-in-law prepared a delicious Kheer using Ondelaga ! It is a delightful dessert when served warm, and a refreshing cool drink when chilled.


INGREDIENTS

Centella / Ondelaga -  One bunch
Milk - 2 cups
Soaked rice - 1 tsp
Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsps
Cashew nuts or blanched almonds( optional ) - 4 or 5 
Powdered jaggery - 2 tbsps
Cardamom powder - 1 pinch

METHOD
1. Wash the Ondelaga leaves thoroughly along with the tender stems. 
2. Grind the washed herb with coconut gratings, soaked rice and the nuts ( addition of nuts makes the kheer creamy and thick) into a smooth paste adding little water if necessary.
3. Boil the milk for two minutes.
4. Stir in the ground paste and cook for two more minutes.
5. Blend in powdered jaggery and switch off flame.
6. Finally add the powdered cardamom.

 Start the New Year with the healthy and delicious Ondelaga Kheer either warm or chilled.

WISH YOU A VERY VERY HAPPY UGADI.

3 Post your Comments:

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, fantastic kheer, truly very unique..

Hari Chandana said...

Sounds interesting!!

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