Friday, April 18, 2008

MW Dalia cha Saanja


There are two types of "Saanja" made in Maharashtrian homes. "Saanja" or "Goad Saanja" (also known as shira) refers to sooji ka halwa/rava kesari. "Tikhat Saanja" or "Tikhatameethacha Saanja" refers to the savory version of rava/sooji/semolina porridge which is also known as upma/uppit/rrullav etc. in other parts of India. This time, I made saanja using broken wheat/bulgur wheat/dalia. and I made it in the microwave just for EasyCraft's WBB- Microwave event.

MW Dalia cha Saanja
Ingredients
1 cup broken wheat/bulgur wheat/dalia
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup green peas
salt to taste


Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small onion, chopped
1 green chili, chopped
1 red chili, halved
1 tsp ginger, grated
7-8 curry leaves
Garnish
1 tsp coconut
1 tbsp cilantro/coriander leaves , chopped
lemon wedges
Accompaniement (optional)
Sev
Method
1. Roast Dalia or broken wheat in a microwaveable pie plate for 1 minute. Keep aside.
2. Add oil in a microwaveable casserole dish. Microwave for 1 minute.Add mustard seeds, asafoetida & turmeric powder. Microwave for 1 minute.
3. Add onion, green chili, red chili, ginger and curry leaves. Microwave for 1 minute. Check if onion is soft else microwave for another minute.
4. Add roasted dalia. Stir well. Microwave for another 1 minute.

4. Add 2 cups water & salt to taste. Microwave for 5 minutes. Wait for a minute. Microwave again for 2 more minutes. Let it stand for 1 minute.

5. Stir in the vegetables. Microwave for 1 minute.
8. Let it stand for 1 minute.

9. Take it out carefully as it will be very hot.
10. Stir in lemon juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro, grated coconut.
11. When serving, add some sev, if using and a wedge of lemon on side.

Note -
1. Use only microwaveable casseroles/utensils while cooking in the microwave. Never use any plastic containers.
2. I used frozen vegetables. If using raw vegetables, you may need to add them along with water and dalia.
3. Microwave cooking times vary. You may need to get used to your own microwave to find the suitable time.

This post is my contribution to Easy Craft's WBB: Microwave Food.

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