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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Godhuma Annam

I am posting something, which does not appear in any restaurant menu or for that matter, it is not commonly prepared one, even at our homes. It is not one of those fancy food items or mouth watering or lip smacking delicacies. Godhuma annam is healthy and probably people (from Andhra) might have heard it and may even prepare it if they have a diabetic at home. I have some one who is dear to me who is diabetic and personally know how hard and significant it is to maintain a diabetic diet regime. So, I had to post this.
South Indians' staple food is rice, since it is grown there. Their main source of carbohydrates is rice (primarily white rice) and they eat rice in almost all of their meals. But the same white rice remains no longer a friend, once you turn diabetic. Sometimes diabetics are advised by doctors to completely stop eating rice. Then the poor souls have to look out for other options. The next preferable, common choices are wheat and ragi. Among the wheat products, apart from the wheat flour (for rotis), semolina & vermicelli (for upmas), people have been using cracked wheat in place of rice from a long time. Cracked wheat is cooked and eaten just as rice.
Cracked wheat – 1 cup
Water – 2 cups
Salt – ¼ tsp

Cooking: It tastes bland compared to rice when cooked. So, add salt. Cook in a pressure cooker (or as you wish) as you do with rice. This can be eaten (like rice) with pickles, sambhar, curries and rasam. A really healthy option for diabetics.

By the way, godhuma is the telugu (a south Indian language) word for wheat. Annam is the cooked rice.Wheat is cooked as rice and hence the name.

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Lakshmik said...

Hi Suma

I eat cracked wheat annam almost regularly as I have eliminated white rice from my diet completely. I hope this post will be useful for many people looking for healthy options to rice. Thanks for posting it here.

Sangeeta said...

Hi Suma,

Nice post. This is a regular part of our meals. Like you said, it is very healthy. You can also make Upma out of this. Tastes good.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

hey i used to wonder what we could do out of it when i used to se thid in my indian grosery stores.Think now can get them and give a try.Thanks for sharing.Im a new one to your blog.Thanks for sharing


Seema said...

Suma, this is a very healthy recipe. I am gonna pass it on to my MIL as she is diabetic.

Suma Gandlur said...

Lakshmi & Seema,
Both of you are giving me a boost with your comments. Thanks a lot!!!

I also prepare upma with cracked wheat. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your comments.

Thank you for adding me to your bloglist and your comments. Please keep visiting.

Swetha said...

Thanks for this recipe. I've been looking for this from ages. Its nice to eat this once in a way. Its also healthier than white rice. I'll try this as soon as I get cracked wheat on my next Indian Shopping trip.