Huggi is a very popular, semi solid dessert of North Karnataka and each house has its own method. It is a sort of homely recipe and you would not find in any restaurant. Broken wheat is known as Godhi nucchu in Kannada language. I learnt Some of my favourite North Karnataka recipes from my previous neighbour aunty, who hails from Solapur near Gulbarga. I used to enjoy whatever she used to offer, starting from simple triangle chapati, obbattu, obbattu saru, chapparadavarekai palya, chavlikai palya and khara byale saru to Godhi nucchina Huggi, which she used to offer to God, every Friday evening and used to offer as a prasadam to us.
Aunty used to use hardly 3 ingredients and it used to taste divine. It is no coconut dessert and you can feel the texture of wheat as well as flavour. Preparation is very quick and simple and needs hardly any pre-preparation.
Recipe goes like this-
Broken wheat – 1 cup
Jaggery – ¾ cup
Salt – ¼ tsp
Ghee – ¼ cup
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Cashew pieces – Roasted (Optional)
-Wash broken wheat twice. Cook with 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt for 2 to 3 whistles.
-Mean time, heat jaggery by adding ½ cup of water. Strain the liquid and remove the impurities.
-Add strained jaggery syrup to cooked wheat and cook further at a very low temperature.
-When raw smell of jaggery vanishes, add ghee and cook further by mixing in between.
-Lastly when mixture becomes like a mass, add cardamom powder, garnish with roasted cashew and serve.