Welcome to the Siamese twins in the mouth watering breakfast recipes; Xanadu of spice and sweet in equal measure called as Chow Chow Bath, no it is not a bathed dog breed from the land of the dragons, but from namma Karnataka. This exotic cuisine consists of two dishes made from Semolina – the sweet part is called “kesari bath” and its spicy counterpart is “khara bath” or “uppittu”. I also assume that “bath” has something to do with cooking two items together such as rice and dal, a pair off!!!
Let us start with the nectarous toothsome kesari, a dish that makes all of us drool for more.
Semolina – 1 cup
Water – 3 cups
Milk – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 cup
Saffron – a small pinch
Colour – orange, a small pinch
Ghee – ½ cup
Cashew nuts – 5 nos
Raisins – 5 nos
Cardamom – 1 tsp powdered
In a non stick kadai or fry pan fry the cashews and raisins in a small quantity of ghee to a golden brown colour and keep it aside
Next fry the semolina on low flame till you get an aromatic flavour, this should take only couple of minutes and set aside.
Boil the water and milk together, add the sugar and ensure that it dissolves completely.
Add the semolina slowly by continuously stirring so as to avoid lumps
Keep stirring till the mixture thickens, add the melted ghee and stir till it starts leaving the sides of the pan.
Turn off the gas, add the fried cashews and raisins and powdered cardamom.
The Eldorado of sweets is ready to be relished and savoured!
Now for the savoury spicy twin khara bath
Semolina – 1 cup
Tomato – 1 number finely chopped
Onion – 1 number finely chopped
Green chillies – 2 to 3 finely chopped
Ginger – small piece cut finely
Mustard seeds – for seasoning – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Bengal gram – 1 tsp
Cashew nuts – few numbers
Water – 3 ½ cups
Salt to taste
Oil for seasoning
Ghee – 2 tbsps
Add oil to a pan or kadai and fry the semolina to a light brown colour. Remove from fire
Allow the mustard seeds to splutter along with urad dal, Bengal gram, ginger, chillies and curry leaves.
Add the chopped onion and sauté in the oil, then add the tomato.
Ensure that the raw smell goes and the ingredients become soft
Now add the water and then the salt.
Bring it to boil, slowly add the semolina and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed.
Add the ghee and stir till it becomes thick.
Have coconut chutney to go with the khara bath
Revel in the aromatic uppittu and luxuriate in the deadly combination of spice and sweet to your heart’s content.
This platter will tantalize your taste buds and make the mouths of your envious neighbours to water!