Green Gram Porridge/ Whole Mung Porridge/ Pacha Payaru Kanji – healthy porridge recipe made with green gram and jaggery. Green gram is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, hence it should be an essential part of growing kids diet. This green gram porridge is ideal for pregnant women and lactating moms too. Now Do not underestimate this porridge by its looks, this tastes so good! I should say its one of the tasty and healthy porridge recipe that I have tried so far. I have felt that the taste of the porridge is somewhat similar to moong dal kheer🙂 This green gram porridge can be given to babies after 10 months once your baby’s tummy is adjusted with variety of foods.
- Whole Green Gram - ¼ cup
- Cardamom - 1 (or) cardamom powder - ⅛ tsp
- Water - as required
- Palm Jaggery/ Jaggery - ¼ cup + 2 tbsp
- Salt - ¼ tsp
- Ghee - 1 tbsp
- Wash and soak green gram overnight. Next day morning or after 4-6 hours, drain the water and place the soaked green gram in pressure cooker along with salt. Add required water and pressure cook everything for 3-4 whistles in medium low flame.
- Open the pressure cooker once pressure released. Transfer the pressure cooked green gram to a blender. Reserve some cooked green gram to add to the porridge as such if preparing this porridge for older babies or adults. Grind the green gram with water (used for pressure cooking the green gram) to a smooth paste. Set aside.
- Take jaggery along with cardamom in a pan and add water till it immersed level. Let the jaggery melts completely.
- Then add ground green gram paste along with reserved cooked green gram to the melted jaggery. Mix everything well. Add water if required. Boil the porridge in low medium flame for 5 minutes.
- Once the porridge consistency is reached, add a tbsp of ghee. Give a quick stir and switch off the flame.
10 mins + 4-6 hrs soaking
- If the porridge becomes too thick, add boiled water to adjust the consistency while feeding.
- Use cardamom powder instead of whole cardamom for small babies.
- Reserve some cooked green gram pieces to add in the porridge as such if preparing this porridge for older babies or adults.
- Skip salt for babies below one year. Reduce the amount of jaggery for small babies as the sweetness of green gram is sufficient. You can even completely avoid jaggery and use dates syrup instead.
- Always check with your baby’s doctor before giving any new food to your baby.
- The colour of the porridge is depends on the type of jaggery used.