Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spiced Sogrhum Radicchio Bowls

This recipe is a take on the puffed rice, Malar and Aduzuki beans dish served on certain ceremonial occasions in Kerala. Puffed rice is also served to the gods as neivedyam.
Yes, you can buy smooth grains of puffed ricefrom the Indian Store but folks  from Kerala, know the difference from Mootta Pori and Malar!
Malar is usually made from  par-boiled rose-matta, paddy seeds with the husk still on: dry roasted like popcorn or sorghum. The one's offered to the Gods on special occasions: carefully roasted in new clay pots with narrow neck and a new, smaller, coconut leaves-stem broom. The fresh puffed rice almost like the sorghum but prettier,  with a slight reddish tinge on the frills. Pori is not served to the Gods, Malar is!:-)

This recipe happily combines some favourite combinations: Aduki Upperi  and Sorghum [ mimicking puffed rice!]. It is also  similar to varieties of  street food- Chaat. This is not a make-ahead dish but is easy to put  together and submits to several variations according to one's fancy! This recipe goes to Deb's Souper Sunday's.
Am already past the deadline for sending this; will update with better photos and link to Adzuki-beans upperi too!
Serves 6
1 small head of Raddicchio
2 Cups Puffed Sorghum
1 Cup cooked adzuki beans
1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
2 green chillies [ hot or not, according to preference], finely chopped
1/2 cup grated carrots
Juice of one lime/lemon
Pinch or two of red chilli powder for heat/spice [ optional]
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander [ optional]
Separate the Raddicchio leaves into bowls
Toss all the ingredients together and season with salt.
Add the red chilli powder to lemon juice and sprinkle over the spiced sorghum. Serve.


  1. Woww that salad bowl looks adorable, fabulous dish..

  2. I have been wondering how to use popped sorghum and I know now! shall try this out soon! thanx for the idea..

  3. looks yummy and delicious...

  4. This looks like a very interesting and delicious salad and it's so pretty in the radicchio bowls. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. ;-)

  5. Delicious and colorful radicchio bowls.

  6. That is such a great looking bowl made out of radichhio, very healthy and delicious.

  7. Thanks Chitra, Priya and Swathi!

  8. Have`nt tried the Malar pori. Looks like a nice combination and loved the colorful clicks as well.

  9. Raddicchio leaves is very new for me ...gosh they look so pretty! and colour oooh! very beautifully presented and captured! Thank you much for the note on posting comments, have included a new posting way...may it took time for it come into action :)


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