Gundu in kannada means Round and so is the name for this small round shaped indian bread. Idly / Dosa / gund pongal (yerappe/mulka – in konkani) are one of the best soft foods that can be given to kids. The ingredients used to prepare this batter is almost the same. One should only take care of the proportion and the batter consistency. Can be given for both breakfast and as evening snacks. My mom always says, ‘Growing kids need a little extra calories for all those gymnastics they do. So don’t just get done with rusk/biscuits for snacks, give him something more solid.’
You will need a special tava to make this little yerappes/ gund pongal.
Rice : An excellent source of carbohydrates, low in fat, cholesterol, gluten free.Rice is also rich in essential amino acids and some of them are needed in times of stress.
Urad dal : A rich protein source .The best benefit of urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. It boasts of two kinds of dietary fiber including insoluble and soluble fiber. The soluble fiber normally quickens digestion while the insoluble fiber aids in preventing constipation and increasing stool bulk.
Methi seeds/fenugreek seeds : Fenugreek seeds aid in improving digestion and curing constipation. They are rich in protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and sodium.
Channa dal : Contains high fiber and a lower glycemic index.
- 1.5 cup Rice
- 1 cup Urad dal
- 3-4 methi seeds
- 2 tspn channa dal
- salt to taste
Add water little by little , and grind everything together to a fine batter. The consistency of the batter should be little thinner than that of idly batter. Add salt to the batter and mix well. Leave the batter to ferment for an other 10- 12 hours
Heat the gund-pongal tava, Sprinkle a few drops of water ,the water should sizzle and evaporate away . This means the pan is hot enough to pour the batter.Grease a little oil on tava .Pour a small ladle of batter on each of those pits, spray a few drops of vegetable oil all over the gund pongal.Cover it with a lid. Cook on medium-high heat till the bottom side of the pongal becomes lightly brown, flip over and cook again till the other side is done too
Note : I soak the ingredients @ 9:00 A.M and grind it @ 9:00 P.M and then use the batter the next day @ 9:00 A.M.So its worth the wait, this 24 hr process will give your kid those nice soft gund pongal.