Serves 8

For the methi ghatta

1 cup rice 1/2 tsp. soda bicarb
1 cup urad dal 2 tbsp. oil
1 cup yellow moong dal 2-3 pinches red chilli powder
3 cups sour buttermilk 1/2 tbsp. coriander finely chopped
2 green chillies crushed fine salt to taste
1/4 tsp. ginger grated fine


  1. Mix the rice and dal, wash, drain and dry on a clean cloth for a few hours. The grain should be completely. Grind to a coarse flour in dry grinder or at the flour mill. This flour should be like very fine soji in texture. Store in airtight container and use as required. Will keep good upto 2 months.
  2. To make khaman, take 1 cup flour in a bowl. Add buttermilk, and mix well. Keep- aside for 4-5 hours. Dissolve sodabicarb in the oil.
  3. Add to batter. Mix all ingredients except red chilli powder and coriander. Pour immediately in a 6" diam. greased plate. Steam over water either in a cooker or steamer. Pierce knife, and check, should come out clean if done.
  4. Sprinkle the chilli powder and coriander, steam again for 2-3 minutes. Cut into squares or diamonds and serve hot with coconut chutney.
Nutrient Composition Per Serving
Energy (Kcal) 173 Carotene( µg ) 153.34
Protein (g) 7.45 Vitamin C (mg) 0.38
Carbohydrate (g) 25.33 Mg (mg) 46.15
Fat (g) 4.64 Na (mg) 8.6
Fibre (g) 0.7 K (mg) 250.4
Minerals (g) 1.04 Mn (mg) 0.34
Calcium (mg) 43.5 Zn (mg) 0.92
Phosphorus (mg) 135.63 Cr (mg) 0.006
Iron (mg) 1.17