Pounded Palmyra Sprout

Idicha panang kizhangu (pounded Palmyra sprout) is a traditional gluten-free fiber-rich snack that we relished during our childhood days. I still remember those sprouts pounded by my paternal grand mother; she used to pound them with great finesse that each & every bits were of same size!

In those days our house was filled with wonderful aroma of steaming palmyra sprouts. They were kept on the terrace for a day or two until dried completely and later pounded using ural & ulakkai, a large mortar (2-3 feet high) & pestle (about 5 feet length). If you are interested to know more about traditional hand-driven appliances, please click here: https://simplemomentsoflife.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/my-grandmothers-gym/

Our maternal grandma preferred to serve the sprouts steamed rather than pounded as we, a dozen and odd grand children, did not have patience till getting them pounded! But my maternal uncle took interest in monitoring the whole process not being disturbed by us! Finally we were served this flavorful delicious snack to our heart’s content and it was worth the wait for all of us!

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Preparing Sprouts:  

  • First we need to remove the skin, chop off their heads and wash them.
  • Pressure cook them (simmer for 20 min after bringing to high pressure) after adding turmeric powder & salt (each one teaspoon); Alternately you can apply turmeric & salt paste on each sprout and steam them.
  • Let the cooked tubers dried under sun for a day or two.
  • Slit open along the groove and remove the hard white spine.
  • Remove fibers on surface while breaking them into small pieces.
  • Discard the spine & fibers.

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Ingredients:

  1. Palmyra sprouts – 10 Nos.
  2. Coconut – 1/4
  3. Green chillies – 3 Nos
  4. Garlic – 2 pods
  5. Salt – 3/4 tsp

Method:

  • Grind palmyra sprouts and other ingredients into a coarse powder using food processor or mixer-grinder; you may have to grind them in 2 or 3 batches because of its volume.
  • Serve as an evening snack with hot cup of coffee or tea.

Please Note:

You can also cook Palmyra sprouts using charcoal grill or BBQ grill that enhances its flavor.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. InspiresN says:

    interesting recipe!

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  2. Oh I love this dish! Tastes so good!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thanks!!

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  3. Never Heard of this…Very interesting recipe..

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  4. Lavs Raj says:

    Interesting!! Never heard of this.. thanks for sharing Megala.. 😀

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    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure! Thank you!!

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  5. Hey Megala, this is totally new to me. Had never heard of this before. Interesting recipe !! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! Yes, pounded sprouts may sound unfamiliar, but I had seen hawkers selling steamed sprouts at the school gates when I was in school.

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  6. Interesting and absolutely unheard of for me.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! Yes, this is popular where palm trees are grown, especially in southern Tamilnadu.

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  7. Chelvi S says:

    Wow, My mother in law made this when I went back home last year. I took photos and the recipe but never got to post it. She made it a bit different. So delighted to see this recipe since these traditional recipes are slowly vanishing. Now a days people are not focusing since its a lot of work to get the panang kilangu – make the pathi and let them mature, peeling the kilangu etc. Thanks for posting

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for reading my post! I am so happy that you enjoy this recipe as much I do!

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  8. annika says:

    So interesting! I have never heard of this food before!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it is a traditional preparation mostly in southern tip of India!

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  9. Nancy says:

    I wonder where I can these in the uk … sounds wonderful!

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    1. Megala says:

      Hi, thanks for visiting! You may check with an Indian or Asian grocer there, it is really worth trying!!

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      1. Nancy says:

        We do have small Asian grocer here .. I will go and ask!

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  10. This one s a must try I will be making this soon 😍

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    1. Megala says:

      Glad that you like it!

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  11. Sumith says:

    Absolutely delicious!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Amazing recipe which is really new for me … Thanks for sharing !

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  13. Eva@L.E.EBakers says:

    That sounds interesting but delicious!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I didn’t know that the palmyra was edible!

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