My better half and me require no special occasion to indulge into sweets (We are a dessert crazy couple!) but today being the Ashadi Ekadashi ( A holy day for the followers of Lord Vishnu), I got a perfect chance to prepare our common favorite sweet dish, Madgane…
Madgane is basically chana dal cooked in coconut milk and jaggery… It is a very easy to prepare, tasty dessert and an important part of the konkani Ugadi (New Year) feast too.. I do not know a single soul in my family who is not a fan of this dish.. As a kid, i used to finish off my rice fast so that i could feast on the madgane…
Since this dish includes jaggery and not sugar, i can enjoy it guilt free.. I have also decreased the quantity of coconut used to make it more healthy..The best part of this dessert is it contains no ghee at all which is rare in Indian sweet dishes..
Even though this recipe is not new to my konkani readers, i am sharing this specially for those who are not aware of this easy to make sweet dish… So, if you a dessert fan like us, do not wait more.. Do try this yummy & healthy pudding!
Health Benefits of Lentils: Lowers Cholesterol, Good for heart health and digestive health,Stabilizes blood sugar,Increases energy and good source of protein..
Health Benefits of Jaggery: Ability to cleanse the body, Acts as a digestive agent, Provides good amounts of minerals, Healthy substitute for sugar..
1 Cup Chana Dal/ Split chick peas/Split Bengal Gram
1 Block/ approx 1/2 Cup Jaggery
5 Tbsp freshly grated Coconut
1 Tbsp Rice Powder
Cashews and Raisins to taste
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1. Fry the chana dal on medium flame till it starts giving out a nice aroma..
2.Wash them well with enough water..
3.Pressure cook with water enough to soak the dal till soft..
Note: Usually takes 4-5 whistles for me..
4.Meanwhile, grind the grated coconut with a Tbsp of water in a blender..
5.Sieve it and squeeze all the milk from it to get the thick coconut milk..Keep aside..
6.Grind the sieved coconut again with a Tbsp of water and sieve it again to get the thin coconut milk.. Keep it aside too..
7. Add the jaggery block to the boiled chana dal along with little of the thin coconut milk and allow the jaggery to melt..
Note: If the jaggery contains impurities, You can melt it in another vessel, sieve and add it to the boiled chana dal..
8.Add the rice powder to the leftover thin coconut milk and mix well to form a paste..
9.Add this rice powder paste to the boiling chana dal mixture and keep turning over..
10.Add cashews and raisins and keep mixing for around 5 minutes..
11.Add the thick coconut milk and allow it to come to a boil..
12.Add the cardamom powder and mix well..