533. Kodri Pulao

November 27, 2015mayurisjikoni
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Papa Francis in Kenya
The Pope’s visit to Kenya had all Kenyans excited. Slum area Kangemi was cleaned up as the Pope was going to visit it. The Pope’s message to Kenya couldn’t have come at a better time. In the past few years, the gap between the rich and poor has widened, corruption has reached a critical level and the non existence of basic services and infrastructure. It seems we live in a society where the people in charge of the Government have their heads buried in the sand, oblivious of what problems the rest of Kenya is facing. He spoke out against corruption, criticized the lack of roads, sewers, drinking water, electricity,refuse collection, schools, hospitals, proper housing and security for children. He talked of new colonialism taking place in Kenya, where the rich are depriving the poor of their basic rights to basic amenities.He urged the people of Kenya to value family traditions and more respect for women. More than 300,000 people turned up for the Holy Mass in spite of the heavy rains and cold.We can only hope that the Government will heed the Pope’s advise and bring about positive change for the people and country of Kenya.
Coming to today’s post, for the November Shhh Cooking Secretly, my partner Nirmala Gurunathan of Nirmala’s Kitchen gave me millet and pepper as the two ingredients to work with. I had just bought a packet of Kodo millet (kodri, arikelu, harka, varagu,kodra). So when Nirmala suggested millet, I was excited. I remember my mother in law would make kodri as we call it in Gujarati, for my diabetic father in law instead of rice.The it disappeared from the market here till I saw it again in a small pack at Nakumatt. Easy to prepare and healthy, I made kodri pulao and served it with yogurt. It’s ideal as a light meal.










Serves 4

1 cup kodo millet (kodri, arikelu, harka, kodra, varagu)
2-2½ cups water
1½ cups mixed vegetables (peas, carrot, corn, french beans,cauliflower, potato, etc)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee (optional)
2-3 whole elachi (cardamom)
4-6 cloves
8-10 peppercorns
1″ cinnamon stick
1¼ -1½ tsp salt
8-10 cashew nuts, cut into big pieces
8-10 raisins
½ tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp green chilli paste
½ cup chopped onion
6-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  1. Chop/dice the vegetables.
  2. Wash kodo millet under running water for a few seconds.
  3. Let it soak in the measured water for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Heat oil and ghee in a saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the onion.
  7. Stir fry till it becomes soft. Add garlic and stir fry till its light pink in colour.
  8. Add cashew nuts and raisins.
  9. Add chilli and ginger paste.
  10. Add the vegetables and salt and mix well.
  11. Finally add the kodo millet. Mix well and then add the water in which the millet was soaked.
  12. Lower the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook till done. The kodri pulao will take about 15-18 minutes to cook.
  13. Serve with yogurt and your favourite pickle.
Tips :
  • Its best to chop/dice the vegetables about the same size as the corn or peas.
  • You can make it without the onion and garlic if you want to.
  • Add vegetables of your choice.
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  • Nayna Kanabar

    November 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I have never cooked with this ingredient.It sounds interesting and looks like bulgar wheat.

  • Amrita Roy

    November 28, 2015 at 3:25 am

    millet is a healthy option and this pulao looks delicious

  • Shobha

    November 28, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I have never used kodri .. will try when I go to India.

  • Mayuri Patel

    December 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Nayna it can replace rice. Cooks quickly. As I mentioned, its a popular rice replacement for diabetics.

  • Mayuri Patel

    December 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks Amrita.

  • Mayuri Patel

    December 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    long time ago kodri was usually used by the poor. Now its become a health food for many.

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  • Swati

    February 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Looks so inviting.. never cooked with Kodo millets.. seems a good replacement for rice especially for those who want to avoid rice in their diet

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Swati, try it as its so much lighter on the stomach and filling too. We also have it plain with dals and kadhi.

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