Sunday, July 18, 2010


Mangana is chana dal kheer with coconut milk. It was the first time ever I had heard this name at Valaval.
We make Chana dal puran but this was new to me. The coconut milk lends it a very delicate flavor and how it brings out the savoriness in a Sol Kadhi and the mellow sweetness in a Mangana is amazing.


1 cup Chana dal
Milk of 1 coconut
1/2 cup jaggery
1 tablespoon ghee
4-5 cardamom pods
1/8 cup cashews and raisins

Put the chana dal in a small pressure cooker. Wash it several times. Cover the dal with enough water, I used about 2.5 glasses and keep on heat for cooking. Allow 4-5 whistles. It should make the dal a mush.Put of the heat. After letting the cooker cool open the cooker. Mash the dal with the back of the spoon. It is ok to leave some dal whole. This rough mashing gives the kheer the desired texture.

Now heat a deep vessel. To it add the ghee. Add the dal and give it a stir. Add the jaggery and keep stirring till the jaggery is cooked. Take care the raw smell of the jaggery does not remain. Once that is done fry the nuts and raisin in very little ghee and add to vessel of chal dal and jaggery. Put of the heat and mix in coconut milk. Mix well when still warm. One should not add coconut milk when on heat. It might curdle. Lastly add the cardamon powder made by peeling the cardamom pods and crushing the seeds.

Serve warm. Enjoy the very rustic Malvani kheer.


  1. never new that chana dal is used for payasam or payes. this looks so creamy and love that light red hue. must have tasted great.

  2. hi anjali,
    your mangana dessert looks yummy..its new to me...u have a wonderfull space with a unique collection of recipes...
    sweets are my weakness and everytime i see something new i want to try it..urs looks easy and delicious : )

    if u get time do visit my blog


  3. Wanted to thank you for the Sol kadhi recipe ... could not load the page.
    Love the idea of chana dal in payasam ... a must try for me. Looks so good Anjali. :-)

  4. lovely...very simple recipe....i love solkadhi

  5. Sayantani the chana dal has to be mushy and that combined with jaggery is divine.

    Satya this is not too sweet. Going over to you blog now...

    Sharmila you will repeat it if you try it once, I assure you.

    Chaitrali try it, can't get easier than this.

  6. Wow... very new to me ...will try it in this shravan:)

  7. this is one of the essential offerings during Ganesh Chaturthi for the saraswat konkani's (north Karnataka).My MIL for the last 10 years has been trying to get me to appreciate it.....just don't have a sweet tooth. Sorry.

    Having said that, it's a surefire hit for everyone eating it for the 1st time. So ahead and enjoy it during the upcoming festivities.

  8. Hey Shalaka! How are the babies? Will call you some time next week. Yeah I know you don't like desserts so not surprised but I guess you should give it to Teesta, she may like it.


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