Dal Kanda Or Dry Chana Dal Fry

Dal kanda or dry chana dal/Bengal gram fry from Maharashtrian cuisine.
A delicious dal with a twist. Yes you can serve this delicious dal instead of vegetable curry. Best accompany with roti, paratha, puri, naan or any bread. Taste is spicy and lip-smacking.

You can make it in open pot but I have used pressure cooker for quick cooking. Generally we make dal or lentil a semi thick consistency. But this dal is dry. You will love the taste and flavour.

You may like some different kinds of dal recipes on this blog.
Whole Masoor dal

Dal palak

Egg dal tadka

Beetroot dal or lentil curry

Sending this post to Facebook group Recipe swap challenge, created by Jolly and Vidya. This month my partner is Ashima Goyal who blog at My Weekend Kitchen.
I have selected her delicious dal kanda or dry chana dal fry. And I am very happy with the taste and flavour.
Thanks Ashima for this wonderful recipe.
According to Ashima she learned this as a Bohri cuisine in her in laws home.

Recipe

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1 cup

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Dry red chilli – 2

Green chilli – 1-2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 minced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Onion – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Dry roast kasuri methi or dry fenugreek leaves till crisp and keep aside.

2. Wash the dal or lentil and soak in water for 30 minutes.

3. Pressure cook with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 5 – 6 whistle or till the lentils becomes soft. Dal should be soft not mushy.

4. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
Add hing and dry red chilli.

5. Add chopped onions, green chilli, minced garlic and grated ginger.

6. Fry till onions becomes translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

7. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

8. Now add boiled Bengal gram or chana dal with its water. Mix well.
Cook on low flame till dried up. Switch off the flame.

9. Crush the dry roasted kasuri methi between your palm and sprinkle over the dal.
Add lemon juice and mix well.

10. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Garnish with onion rings, lemon wedges and cilantro.

11. Serve hot with puri, paratha, naan or any bread.

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Hayagriva Or Hayagreeva Maddi Or Chana Dal Halwa

Hayagriva or Hayagreeva maddi or chana dal/Bengal gram halwa.
A very easy to make and delicious traditional sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine. No sugar added, its made of jaggery . Its usually made to offer to God as naivedya and served as prasad.

This delicious sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine is made of chana dal or Bengal gram, jaggery, ghee or clarified butter and dry fruits.

 

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Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, timelessness and heart stopping beauty. It’s a place where vibrant worlds seamlessly meld into one another every few hundred kilometers. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white-watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether. And cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world; cities that sometimes escape into the deep quietude of thick forests and sometimes, stretches their arms wide open to embrace the sea. Host to some of India’s largest and most powerful dynasties, the state has across the centuries, carried a legacy of art and culture.

Karnataka is a gracious host and offers a spread that appeals to every palate. Traditional Kannadiga cuisine is typically South Indian with a little bit of sweetness for added measure. But that doesn’t begin to sum it all. The feast of the land includes Udupi, Mangalorean, Kodava and yes, Kannadiga, which again is a journey in itself – it varies with the geographical features. Even cereals vary and consumed in every imaginable and unimaginable form. To the uninitiated, some of the preparations might come across as bewildering, but no less delicious. Add to this, a highly evolved sweet tooth, and you get the deliriously wonderful concoctions, which are like nothing else in the world. With Karnataka, the pudding is the proof itself, and you see where the state gets its signature gusto from.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Karnataka cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Anu Kollon Who blog at http://entethattukada.blogspot.com
Anu gave me two interesting ingredients chana dal or Bengal gram and jaggery. And I gave her rice and coconut. Check out her Vegetable palav recipe she shared with these ingredients.

We loved its taste and now its a regular sweet dish for us. Usually it shouldn’t be dried up. But sometimes I have made laddu with leftover chana dal halwa and its also taste great. If you have some leftover you can try this. Make laddu and keep in refrigerator for later use.

Recipe

Chana dal – 1 cup

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Ghee – 2 – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash and cook the chana dal or Bengal gram for 4 – 5 whistle or till dal becomes soft. Check by pressing between your two fingers.

2. Let the dal cool down. Drain the water and mash roughly with a spoon or masher.

3. Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Fry cashew nuts till light brown and transfer them on a plate.

4. Then fry the the raisins. When raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee and place on a plate.

5. Now fry the sliced almond, keep stirring and fry until light brown. Place the almonds with cashew and raisins.

6. In the same pan add jaggery powder and 4 tablespoon water.
Stir occasionally to melt the jaggery.

7. Add mashed dal and desiccated coconut.
Mix well.

8. Cook on low flame till the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Don’t let it dried up completely.

9. Add cardamom powder and fried dry fruits and 2 tablespoon ghee.

10. Mix well and remove from heat. Adding ghee is optional but it will enhance the taste and flavour.

11. Garnish with fried dry fruits and serve hot or cold.

Notes

1. You can use more ghee if you like. Ghee enhance the taste and flavour.

2. You can add very little clove and nutmeg powder in it for flavour.

3. Dal must be cooked properly.

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Parippu Vada Or Lentil fritters

Parippu vada or dal vada/lentil fritters.
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, flavourful and delicious snack from Kerala cuisine.
Very easy yet super yummy fried snack. Serve it as a snack with evening tea or enjoy as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice.
You can make delicious curry with this vada if you want.

This week our 157 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #OnamRecipes.
I was about to skip this week’s bloghop due to renovation of my house. I don’t like to miss these weekly bloghop. So sharing one of my favourite snack from Kerala cuisine. Easy and quick to make and delicious. You need only chana dal or split chickpeas/Bengal gram and some aromatic spices. A best accompany with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can use chilli according to your taste. If you want your vada more spicy, you can add 3 – 4 dry red chilli or green chilli or both. I have used both. I like my vada mildly spicy so used 1 green chilli and 1 red chilli.

Recipe

Chana dal or Bengal gram/split chickpea – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Dry red chilli – 1 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Asafoetida or hing – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. Soak the Bengal gram or chana dal for 2 – 3 hours.

2. Chop cilantro or coriander leaves and curry leaves.

3. Grind soaked dal into a coarse paste. Don’t add water and don’t make it smooth.

4. Take out the ground dal in a bowl.
Add chopped curry leaves, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, grated ginger, chopped green and red chillies, Asafoetida or hing and cumin powder.

5. Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them with your palm. Make small thin patties for crispy vada.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Oil should be enough hot.

7. Slide the patties into the hot oil.

8. Fry on low medium heat until the vada becomes dark golden brown.

9. Flip and fry the other side.
Remove from oil.

10. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce. Or serve as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can sprinkle little black salt or chaat masala before serving.
Enjoy….
Happy Onam.
Wishing everyone a blessed Onam in advance!

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion and minced garlic in the batter if you like.

2. Oil should be sufficient hot.

3. You can add little green peas in the batter.

4. If you like you can make curry with these vada. Make a gravy with onion garlic tomato or only ginger tomato whole spices gravy and dip the vadas in it.

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Dhuska

Dhuska.

A spicy and delicious gluten free breakfast dish.
Dhuska is a common food of Jharkhand. Which are deep fried rice flour and lentil pancakes that may be served with spicy potato curry or chickpea curry.

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Jharkhand cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner for Jharkhand cuisine is Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at

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visit her blog for more delicious recipes. Seema gave me rice and salt as secret ingredients. And I have made these decisions dhuska with these ingredients. Thanks Seema for these easy to use ingredients.
I gave her Bengal gram or chana dal and oil. Visit her blog for the brilliant recipe she shared.

 

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According to Wikipedia Jharkhand (lit. “Bushland” or The land of forest) is a state in eastern India, carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000. The state shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh to the northwest, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east.
The city of Ranchi is its capital and Dumka its sub capital.
Jharkhandis have a cuisine in which spices are rarely used and rice is the staple diet. They prepare different dishes of rice, different types of Rotis, Litti Chokha, Panipuri (Gupchup), Pittha, Dhuska, Dudhauri, kera-dudhauri and Jhalmudh.

Dhuska is a famous dish of Jharkhand cooked with ground rice and pulses and served with either aaloo dum or mutton curry; kera-dudhauri is a famous dish prepared with milk, rice, ghee and gur. In many parts of Jharkhand including Panch Pargana area (Bundu, Rahe, Sonahatu, Silli, Angara, Arki and Tamar Blocks of Ranchi & Khunti districts) a special food item “Charpa” is prepared by frying mashed rice mixed with spicy vegetable preparations; hence the name follows viz. Sembi Charpa, Egg Charpa and many more depending upon the ingredient vegetable source.

I am sharing dhuska recipe today. Serve it as breakfast with dum aloo, any chutney, pickle or any spicy potato curry or serve as a snack with tea or coffee. But believe me you don’t need anything with it. Its spicy and superbly delicious.

Recipe

Rice – 1 cup

Chana dal or split Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Udad dal or split black gram – 1/4 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Water as require

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. Wash and soak rice and both lentils or dal overnight.

2. Drain the water and grind the rice and lentils into a smooth paste.
Add little water to grind easily. Use very little water.
Batter should be thick but flowing just like idli batter.

3. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chaat masala, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.
Mix well.

4. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Pour a ladle full batter in the middle.

5. When it puffed up turn over and fry the other side on low heat. Fry till it becomes golden brown.

6. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

7. Increase the heat and add ladle full batter again. Let it puffed up, turn over and fry the other side on low heat. Fry all the dhuska in this method.

8. Serve hot with spicy potato curry or ghugni or chickpea curry.
Or serve as a snack with tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion and minced garlic in the batter if you want.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you want more spicy add 3 – 4 chillies.

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Chana Dal Or Bengal Gram And Steamed Egg Khichdi 

Chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi.

Delicious one pot meal. Its khichdi but taste like egg pulao. You will love the taste.

Now Khichdi has been selected the Brand India Food.

Over 800 kg khichdi, a traditional Indian dish relished by both rich and poor, will be prepared live on November 4 at the World Food India event here in a bid to create world record and popularise it as brand India food globally.
Khichdi — prepared using rice, pulses, coarse cereals and spices — has been selected as Brand India Food because it symbolises the country’s unity in diversity.

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So our this week’s 118th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is khichdi.

And my contribution is this superbly delicious chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi. Its not a simple khichdi. Taste is just like pulao or egg biryani. You can also serve it to your guests.

This khichdi is best served with tomato chutney and dum aloo. Today I have serve with fried potatoes, fried pointed gourd or parwal, fried aubergine or eggplant, papad and beetroot raita. Get the beetroot raita recipe here.


Recipe


Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Rice – 1/2 cup

Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1&1/2 cup

For eggs




Egg – 3

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon, chopped

Chilli flakes or black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Oil for greasing

For gravy


Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic –  5 cloves

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green cardamom – 2 – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 teaspoon, chopped

Water – 1/2 cup

For tomato chutney




Tomato – 2 large

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Method

Wash and soak the Bengal gram or chana dal in water for 4 – 5 hours.

Rinse the rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds. Let the seeds splutter.

Add hing or Asafetida, bay leaf and dry red chilli.

Now add the dal and 1&1/2 cup water.

Add salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Stir and close the lid.

After one whistle cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.

Dal should be soft not mussy.

 

Now add the rice. Stir well. You can add 1/2 cup green peas. Cook for 2 whistle. Remove from heat and keep aside.

 

Whisk the eggs with little salt, 2 tablespoon milk, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and chilli flakes or black pepper powder. I have used chilli flakes, you can use red chilli powder too.

Grease a covered container. Pour the whisked egg in it. Cover the lid tightly.

Heat a pan with 2 cup water. When water comes to rolling boil place the container in it. Cover and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Or grease a microwave proof container. Pour the egg mixture in it. Microwave on high power for 5 – 6 minutes or until set.

Check with a knife. If the knife comes out clean its done.

Run a knife around it and take out in a plate.

Make small pieces with a knife.

Fry the pieces till light golden brown.

You can make it without frying too.

Grind tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Make a smooth paste.

You can also use chopped tomatoes. See notes for other method.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and green chilli. Fry till the onions become brown.

Add ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Add salt carefully. We have already added salt in rice and eggs.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add steamed and fried egg pieces. Mix well.

Add 1/2 cup water.

Cook on simmer till the water dried up. You can serve it as a side dish. I have kept aside a little of it to serve with khichdi.

You can make rich gravy with adding 1 tablespoon poppy seeds and 1 tablespoon cashew nut paste. Add little cream. And your rich delicious steamed egg curry is ready. Serve with rice or any bread.

When the egg pieces about to dried up add cooked rice and dal mixture in it.

Mix well.

Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes. Add little water if require. You can add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter.

Serve hot with dum aloo and tomato chutney. Get the dum aloo recipe here.

And

Dum aloo or spicy potato


Method of tomato chutney


Boil water in a pan. Add the tomatoes.

Boil for 1 minutes.

Let it cool down.

Peel and chop the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

Add dry red chilli, tomatoes and grated ginger.

Saute and cook on low flame. Add salt and sugar.
Add raisins. Keep stirring. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon poppy seeds paste too.
Cook on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes.

Tomato chutney is ready to serve.
Notes –

1. If you don’t want to grind the tomatoes, chop the tomatoes, grate the ginger and crush or grate the garlic.

Crush green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and add them with sliced onions. Add grated ginger and garlic.

When the onion becomes brown add tomatoes and all the spices.

Saute till the tomatoes become mushy. Now add the egg pieces. Mix well and add water.

 

2. You can use boiled mutton or chicken instead of steamed eggs. Use the stock to boil rice and lentils instead of water.

 

3. Vegetarian people can make this with paneer or cottage cheese, tofu or mushroom.

 

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