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Tuesday, 15 September 2020


          This healthy steamed delicacy is from the State of Chhattisgarh. It is a lentil based snack recipe that is basically prepared with chana dal. However, I dished out this yummy appetizer with a mix of lentils. It turned out real yum. 

          It is a very easy and a quick recipe and can be relished with tomato sauce or green chutney. It is also a great tea time snack. You may stir fry it with some tempering too, as an alternative. Both ways it tastes simply awesome. 

          Not much is know about this particular dish. It is almost a lost recipe. I was lucky enough to come across this simple and easy to make dish in one of the face book groups and so decided to give it a try. This protein rich snack is a great alternative to any fried pakoras. Hence, it is a must try healthy snack recipe that can be turned into a curry too. 

  • 2 tbsp. chana dal (Bengal Gram Lentil)
  • 2 tbsp. urad dal (Split Black Gram Lentil)
  • 2 tbsp. tuvar dal (Pigeon Pea Lentil)
  • 2 tbsp. moong dal (Split Green Gram Lentil)
  • 2 tbsp. masoor dal (Split Red Gram Lentil)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. carom seeds
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds (opt)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander-cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander roots, chopped

Tempering - 
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped

          Soak the lentils for 4-5 hours. Then grind to a smooth paste by adding very little water.

          In a bowl, mix the dal paste and all the other ingredients (except oil). Drop spoonfuls of the batter on a greased plate and steam for 15-20 minutes.

          Set aside to cool before transferring to a serving dish. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy these zero oil healthy small bites with tomato sauce or green chutney. 

          Alternatively, it can be stir fried in a little bit of oil with a tempering of cumin seeds and sesame seeds. 

          For this you need to heat oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds and sesame seeds. Saute for a few seconds and then switch off the flame. 

          Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with tomato sauce or green chutney.

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