Dried bola guli
Makes – 50-60 of the above size
Time taken in all: 2-3 days (5-6 days to dry)
Ready to serve Bolu
Ragi/finger millet/nanchano/in kannada, english and konakni respectively. Ragi being the staple food of karnataka, Andhra and Tamil nadu, where in people relish it in the form of Ragi mudhe, roti and also dosa, idli etc . It is a source of protein, fiber, iron and calcium.
Wheat is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, but now cultivated worldwide. We use wheat flour to make roti, chapati and the wheat sujee is used in upma and also the broken wheat is used in the preparation of payasam and also sugar patients use it for their diet.
Today i would like to put up a sun dried balls recipe, an infant food (we call it Bola guli in konkani) with wheat and Ragi in a required proportion in addition to ajwain, Dry dates and Almonds and the serving food is Bolu in konkani.
This is a great konkani infant recipe which i learnt it from my mom.(thanks amma) I wanted to share it with you all since it has many advantages. It is portable.- It can be stored in air tight containers. The combination of Ragi and Wheat is highly nutritious and kids thrive for it. The only disadvantage seems to be it is laborious. Here goes the recipe:
What you need to have:
1. Whole wheat – 500 grams
2. Ragi – 200 grams
3. Dry dates – 3-4
4. Almonds – 3-4
Ingredients of Bola guli
What you do with what you have:
1. Soak both Wheat and Ragi along with deseeded Dates, Almonds and Ajwain in water separately so that there is enough water to cover above it for about 10 hours.
2. In the evening grind wheat in a grinder to a coarse consistency some what like sand adding water in steps. (if you squeeze you should be able to to get the husk in hand) You should do it in batches. I used my normal conventional hand grinder. Transfer the grind dough to a wide container. Soaked wheat being grind in the hand grinder Grind wheat dough
3. Grind Ragi in the mixer along with deseeded dates, ajwain and pealed almonds to a fine consistency as shown in the picture and pour it in the same vessel and add as much water as you feel necessary.
4. Now take a large and wide vessel and tie a muslin cloth around it using a rope. Take 3-4 scoops of mixture and pour on cloth and add water. Move the mixture around vigorously on the cloth with your hands or a spoon however convenient. The fine particles and water will pass through the cloth and husk will remain on top. One can use as much of water as you want till you feel that the husk is free of cream. Once the whole grind mix is done remove the cloth and keep it aside for cream to settle for about 8-10 hours.
The grind Ragi-wheat mixture before straining
5. Close it with a lid and keep it in a corner for the whole night. The strained mix will be as below the next morning. Do not keep it for more 10 hours as there are chances of getting fermented.
The strained mix of Ragi and wheat
6. Just drain the water slowly with out distracting and you can find that the cream mix of both ragi and wheat in liquid form is settled at the bottom. Keep the vessel slanting for a while for the clear liquid if any to settle . By then keep a large thin muslin cloth ready to be poured with 4-5 layers fold and unfold it to wring off water. Cover with its upper layer for a while (say 10-20 minutes).
Cream mix being poured on muslin cloth
7. After a while an elastic paste is formed on the towel.
Elastic dough of the mix
8. Just pinch out a part of the dough knead it well with your hands shape it and make impression in the middle to dry fast. Dry it in hot sun covering it with a muslin cloth for about 5-6 days till crisp.
Ready to dry Bola guli
9. When fully fry , cool it and store it in air tight containers!!!!
Dried Bola guli
Makes around : 50-60
Time taken in all : 2-3 days(5-6 days to dry)
To prepare the serving bolu to infant:
1. Soak one dried ball in 2-3 tablespoons of milk for about 5 minutes. It fluffs up and you can just stir it with your hands so that it is dissolved well. Add some more milk and cook it on low gas stiring continuously till you get a soft and semi solid mass.
Ready to serve bolu
Good to remember:
1. Use cleaned wheat and ragi for the dish.
2. Adding more water to the dough and using a bigger/wide vessel is easier for us to move the mixture vigorously with our hands.
3. while making the balls it should not have cracks. Some times there are some mild like cracks. But if the cracks is strong, there is every chance of it being be powdered while drying and it will be a mess. Hence make sure to try making the balls when it is easier to knead and shape them.
4. Dry it for at-least 5-6 days in strong sun , else it may catch fungus. It can be stored in air tight containers for about 5-6 months. Close the lid of the container daily after using.
5. One can try to grind Wheat in a big electric grinder but not in the mixy, as wheat is very hard even after soaking for hours together to grind in the mixy. Please do not even give a try.