Khara Manda (semolina Dumplings With Soya Stuffing)
Manda is a traditional Odia sweet dish. This is a savory variation of the same. A manda is a steamed rice-flour dumpling stuffed with grated coconut or boiled moong dal, jaggery and green cardamom. Usually children don’t enjoy eating homemade sweets. By giving traditional sweets a savory twist one can create something that is tasty and healthy.
Such food makeover can play an integral role in preserving the traditional cooking processes. Making Khara Manda also opens up a wide range of opportunities to get creative with the stuffing. Different savory variations of the stuffing could be paneer, moong sprouts, keema of prawn/chicken/mutton etc. The following recipe is based on soya stuffing.