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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Gudanna / Jaggery Rice from Karnataka Cuisine


Gudanna / Bella da Anna is a traditional rice dessert from the Karnataka Cuisine. "Guda"or "Bella" means jaggery in Kannada and "Anna" means rice , so basically this is a sweetened rice where jaggery acts as a sweetener and the flavor comes from ghee, cardamom and coconut. Gudanna is a festive dish made on special occasions and festivals, like Varalakshmi Puja and Navratri and offered as a Naivedhyam to the deity. It is one of the quickest and easiest dessert to put together without compromising on the taste.


Gudanna is made by adding pre-cooked rice to the melted jaggery coconut ghee mixture and blended well. Green cardamom is used as a flavorant in this recipe. The taste is somewhat similar to the Narali Bhat we make in Maharashtra , but for Narali Bhat, the rice is cooked in coconut milk and then sweetened with jaggery. While making Gudanna is very easy and simple. You cannot really mess up with this dessert. I have followed this recipe from here.


#KarnatakaCuisine was the theme for August month on the Facebook food group , Shhhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenege. My partner for the challenge was Prathima Shivraj who blogs at Prathu's Food. Do check out her blog for some wonderful recipes. Prathima gave me jaggery and coconut as the secret ingredients and i made this utterly delicious Gudanna from Karnataka Cuisine using the two ingredients. In return i gave rice and chilies and she made a flavorful khara bath using the ingredients. So lets get started.

                                         

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup powdered / grated jaggery
  • 1/2 fresh scrapped coconut
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nut, split
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 2 Green cardamom


  Method:
  1. Rinse the rice and add it to a pressure cooker with 1 1/4 cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistles or until the rice is soft and cooked well but not mushy. 



2. Now in a non stick wok heat 1 tablespoon ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins until golden brown. Once done remove and keep it in a plate. Now to the same pan add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup jaggery. Let it boil.



3. To this add the scrapped coconut followed by the cooked rice. Mix well and allow the rice to cook on low flame until the excess water is evaporated. Next add in the fried cashew nuts and raisins followed by cardamom powder . Give a quick stir and put off the flame. Lastly add the reserved 1 tablespoon ghee to the rice and serve it warm.





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34 comments :

  1. Droll worthy simple yet heavenly sweet.. Very very smartly used ingredients

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    1. Thank you Prathima for thoughtfully giving me the secret ingredients. The Gudanna turned out utterly delicious and my family just loved every morsel of this dessert.

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  2. Seriously hard to resist to this gudanna, lovely jaggery rice. Just prefect to please my sweet tooth.

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    1. Absolutely Priya..this jaggery rice is just irresistible , especially for those who have sweet tooth ..thank you

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  3. Loved this Jaggery Rice and the fact that each state / region has its own version. Maharashtra has Narali bhaat and Tamil Nadu has Pongal but every version is delicious and makes you crave for more. Glad I could guess the ingredients. ha ha.

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    1. Thank you Vidya..I just love every version of this sweet rice. You always make a point to guess my ingredients rightly ..cheers to you !

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  4. Easy no-fuss sweet dish with just a handful of ingredients, but it looks mouth waveringly delicious. Thanks for the share

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  5. Superb... can I say "Good anna"looks perfect!!

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  6. Looking at all your sweet rice dishes, I'm tempted to try out at least one of them. Gudanna sounds easy and delicious.

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    1. Yes di Gudanna is very easy to make but is very delectable . Do give a try.

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  7. Gudanna-Jaggery rice looks tempting, though not a fan of sweet rice, after seeing your pics, I am willing to try. Delicious.

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  8. This looks and sounds so yummylicious, Poonam! Want to grab a bite from that plate right away! :)

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  9. Such a delicious looking rice.

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  10. This so like the rice jaggery payasam we make in Andhra, and one which is a great favourite with my father. Will make this as a variaion the next time.

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  11. Such a heavenly sweet... Yummy share !

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  12. This looks so delicious Poonam! A wow share for the theme and lovely photography!

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  13. Ahha. This is new to me though i lived most of my life in karnataka. I will be making this for chaturthi. thanks for sharing this poonam

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  14. Such a lovely one and nice click. I need to make this one sometime, you reminded me now Poonam

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  15. Very similar to our sweet pongal. Nice share :)

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  16. Belladanna made so well ! perfect proportion and looks very tempting ... THis is like Chakkara pongal without the moong dal !

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  17. WOW, jaggery flavored rice looks so yum dear Poonam !! Not tried though before still can imagine the flavor :)

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    1. Thank you Sasmita..you should try this..i am sure you would love it

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