Thursday, October 16, 2008

Moong Dal Kheer (Yellow Lentil Dessert) - A Vegan Fare

Can't believe its been almost a month since I blogged. Past few weeks have been crazy and sadly one of the things that had to be pushed to the back burner was blogging and blog surfing. I think I have missed most part of the Dussera goodies that have been posted on the blogosphere. But I do hope to catch up with all of them very soon.

Here is a quick and tasty kheer I made for Dussera. Traditionally kheer is made with lots of milk but I wanted to make a dessert that would qualify for the "Sweet Vegan" event hosted by Vaishali. There is no doubt that being vegan is much more challenging than being a vegetarian but it is also fun to come up with a recipe which does not involve any dairy product. I wanted to make a traditional Indian dessert with a vegan twist and also something that did not require me squeezing my brain out trying to come up with one :-) My first attempt was jangiri which is very much a vegan dessert as is made traditionally if ghee be substituted with oil for frying. It came out well for the first attempt but I think it needs a bit more work before I can post it. I hope to do so pretty soon.

No festival goes without having some kind of kheer and in my family important festivals must always be celebrated with kheer made of jaggery (we call it "gulacha kheer"). So as per the tradition, I decided to make moong dal kheer which I so love. The long version of this kheer, the way my mom makes is using khus-khus/coconut paste, milk, moong or channa dal and jaggery. In order to make this a vegan recipe I substituted milk with coconut milk. I find it very hard to make a smooth paste of khus-khus with the food processor I have and I hate the grainy texture of partially ground khus-khus. Hence I skipped it altogether and there was no soaking or grinding involved which make this a perfect recipe for a weekday celebrations. Also molasses works amazingly well as a substitute for jaggery. And finally, need I say this dish is very healthy. It is almost fat free...er... if you discount the fat from the coconut milk :-)

Ingredients

1/4 cup moong dal

1/4 cup jaggery or as required

1 tbsp slivered cashew

1 tbsp slivered almonds

4 pods cardamom

1 cup coconut milk


Method

  1. Dissolve jaggery in 1/4 cup water, boil for 3-5min or until the jaggery is well-dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat, strain to remove any dirt and set it aside.
  3. Dry roast moong dal until it starts to turn light brown and aromatic.
  4. Dry roast cashews and almonds until light brown.
  5. Boil moong dal, cashews, almonds and cardamom in 1/2 cup (or just enough) water.
  6. When the moong dal is cooked but still firm add the dissolved jaggery.
  7. Boil for 5 min and then add coconut milk.
  8. Let this boil for another 3 min or so.
  9. Serve this warm or cold.
And then there was this sweet surprise from Usha a few weeks ago. I should apologize for not having shared this award earlier, but guess its better late than never.
Thanks Usha for the lovely Dussera gift and I would like to extend my friendship award to these wonderful people: Anudivya, Sagari, Sireesha, VIJ, Arundathi.

14 comments:

Vaishali said...

Rajee, Thanks for sending this beautiful and delicious entry. As you point out- and found-it can seem a little challenging initially to cook vegan, but in the end, with a bit of creativity, it's not difficult at all. And coconut milk is such a great substitute for dairy.

Usha said...

This kheer looks yummy...the combination of coconut milk and jaggery must have tasted awesome...Glad to have you back at blogging :-)

Sireesha said...

Moong dal kheer looks divine...
Thanks a ton for award dear:) I will cheerish ur friendship forever...

Sagari said...

Thank u so much for choosing me rajee,I am so happy

Arundathi said...

thank you so much! :-) thats really nice of you!

Rajee said...

Thanks Vaishali & Usha.
Sagari & Arundathi, glad you guys liked and accepted it :-)

Indranee said...

Rajee, you have a fantastic blog and I'm glad that I visited. I just love this kheer...looks so very tempting!

Rajee said...

Thanks Indranee. Keep coming back for more :-)

Srivalli said...

Thats so lovely!

anudivya said...

Thanks so much Rajee! I really appreciate the award from you :)
The moong dal kheer looks awesome. I am still trying to learn how to cook vegan. Little challenging.

Uma said...

kheer looks fabulous. love the addition of coconut milk. must have tasted great. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

Sia said...

rajee, that is simply delicious..

Sagari said...

deleciousss looking kheer rajee

Anu said...

Hi Rajee,

Your Kheer looks very very yummy:) Wow! adding coconut milk is a gr8 idea. Will try out your method too.

I am Anu from My Scrawls. I have posted my version of Moong Dal Kheer in my blog. Do visit my blog when u get time. Would be happy to receive your comments:)