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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Mochar Chop Or Banana Blossom Croquettes

Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes. A deep fried delicious snack.
Vitamin and mineral rich banana blossom or flower called mocha in Bengal. Its not only nutritious but also delicious.
I have already shared a traditional Bengali recipe mochar ghono or banana blossom dry curry. Get the recipe here.

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Now here is a delicious deep fried snack banana blossom croquettes or mochar chop.
You have to oil your hands before cleaning and chopping to avoid stain on your hands due to high iron content.

Recipe

Mocha or banana blossom – 1 small

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon, get the recipe of bhaja moshla here

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut – handful, roasted

Breadcrumb – 2 tablespoon

For batter

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup

Breadcrumb and refined flour or maida for coating

Oil for deep fry

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Get the method of cleansing and chopping banana blossom here

2. Soak the chopped florets in the water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight.

3. Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 3 – 4 whistle or cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.
Squeeze all the water.

5. Peel and mash or grate the potatoes.

6. Dry roast and peel the peanuts. Break the peanut into half.

7. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add grated ginger and chopped green chili. Fry till the raw smell goes out.

9. Add squeezed banana blossom or mocha. Saute until dried up completely.

10. Add boiled and mashed potatoes salt, sugar, bhaja moshla or dry roasted and ground spices, chaat masala and cumin powder.

11. Mix well and saute till everything mixed nicely.

12. Add dry roasted peanut, mix and remove from heat and let it cool down.

13. In a bowl mix refined flour or maida and water. Mix water gradually and make a lump free batter.

14. In a plate spread breadcrumb and in another plate spread maida or refined flour.

15. Add 2 tablespoon breadcrumb in the banana blossom and potato mixture. Mix well with hand.

16. Make 7 – 8 balls. Make them round patties or give cylindrical shape.

17. Roll them on refined flour or maida then dip into the cornflour batter.

18. Roll on the breadcrumbs.

19. Make all the chop or croquettes like this.

20. Fry immediately or you can keep these in refrigerator and fry later.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Fry all the chop or croquettes. Stir gently with a slotted spatula. Fry evenly from all the sides.

22. Remove from oil and place on pepper towel.

Serve hot with kasundi or Bengali mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any sauce.
Enjoy…..

Notes

1. If you want you can add fried sliced onion in the croquettes. Or fry the onion slices with ginger and green chilli.

2. You can add raisins or chopped cashew nuts with peanut.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

4. You can add chopped and fried coconut pieces in the banana blossom potato mixture.

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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

Mildly Indian.co

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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Falafel

Falafel.
Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.
Usually served with hummus and pita bread.

I made it with chickpeas but you can use fava beans too. Recipe is very easy and simple yet delicious. You have to make a course paste of overnight soaked chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger and some spices. Add flour for binding, make balls and fry, easy isn’t it 😊

Jolly invited me to this wonderful group ‘Recipe swap challenge group,’ where members paired and try a recipe from each other’s blog. And share with due credit. Thanks Jolly.

Its my first post for the group. I have paired with a very talented blogger Aruna Panangipally who blog at Aahaaramonline.com
A blog full of delicious recipes. It was very difficult to choose only one recipe. I wanted to make falafel in breakfast so decided to make falafel this time from her blog
Aahaaramonline.com Falafel

I have used 1 teaspoon roasted spice powder in it to make it little spicy. Get the recipe of roasted spice powder in method.
I have used green chilli but you can use red chilli powder instead if you want. I like the taste of green chilli.

Recipe

Chickpea /kabuli chana or Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoon

Roasted spices powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon, optional

Oil for Frying

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.

2. Drain the water completely. And spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel for 15 – 30 minutes.

3. Grind the chickpeas with onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, parsley, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Make a course paste. Add very little water if require. I didn’t.

4. In a large bowl mix ground chickpea mixture, flour and roasted spices powder. Get the roasted spices powder recipe here.

5. Mix well. Make round balls with 1 & 1/2 tablespoon mixture. If you feel difficulty to bind then keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes and then make balls.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or pan.
Fry the balls evenly from all the sides.
Transfer the fried falafel on a paper towel.

7. Serve hot with hummus or tahini sauce.

Notes

1. I have used whole wheat flour for binding but you can use all purpose flour if you want.

2. I have fried the falafel in a pan with less oil but better to use a wok or kadhahi and sufficient oil to fry the falafel evenly.

3. If you don’t like tangy taste you can omit lemon juice.

4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like spicy or hot you can omit green chilli. Or you can use red chilli powder.

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Chhanar Jilipi Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Jalebi

Chhanar jilipi or paneer/cottage cheese jalebi. A sweet made of cottage cheese/paneer or chhena. Taste is almost similar to gulab jamun or pantua.
Get the pantua recipe here.

Posting after a long time. Last time participated in 124th Foodiemonday bloghop on 25th December. And now bloghop time again. This week’s 133rd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi on my platter.
Sharing a delicious sweet of Bengal, chhanar jilipi.

I never forget to taste this delicacy in my Kolkata visit. But now I don’t have to wait for Kolkata visit. Tried to make it at home. And believe me its very easy.

Now coming to the recipe. You need only few ingredients and homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese made of full cream milk to make this delicious dish.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup

Curd – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Refined flour or maida – 2 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron or kesar – few strands

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for deep frying

Chopped pistachio to garnish

 

Method

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil add 4 tablespoon curd. Stir the milk. It will be curdle. If require add 1 tablespoon curd more.

When the greenish whey or water and paneer separated, strain the paneer or cottage cheese with a maslin cloth.
Hang for an hour.

When the water strain out completely take out the paneer on a plate. I have got 1 cup cottage cheese. You can use store bought crumbled cottage cheese or malai paneer. But better to use home made fresh cottage cheese.

Soak 2 tablespoon suji or semolina and few strands of Saffron in 3 tablespoon warm milk.

For sugar syrup mix sugar, water, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder and few strands of saffron in a pan and boil on low flame for 5 – 8 minutes or until the syrup becomes 1 string consistency.

Knead the paneer and make a lump free dough.

Add milk powder, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, maida or refined flour and soaked suji or semolina and saffron.

Knead till it becomes a smooth dough.
Make small balls out of the dough. I have made 18 small balls. You can make 15 – 16 bigger size balls.

Take a ball and make a long rope.
Now wind it like a coil.
Make all the balls like this.

Heat sufficient oil or ghee/clarified butter in a pan. Fry the jalebis on medium heat.

And dip them in the sugar syrup immediately.
Soak them in sugar syrup for 2 hours.

After 2 hours boil it again and let it soak for 1 hour more.

Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve hot or cold. It will be yummy in both ways.

Note

You can store these jalebi in refrigerator. Microwave before serving if you like hot paneer jalebi.

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Biscuit Roti / Kachori 



Biscuit Roti is a very popular udupi snack.

Enjoy hot or cold its delicious in both ways. Crisp, fluffy, spicy and slightly sweet biskuit roti can be serve in breakfast or pack it for tiffin. It will be fluffy and crispy when cool as well.

These are deep fried snacks just like North Indian kachodi. Outer layer is made of wheat flour and stuffed with spicy semolina or suji mixture. 



This post is going to be a part of #119 Udupi cuisine.






Udupi cuisine is a cuisine of South India.

I love these crispy fluffy spicy stuffed puri. 

I have made it half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. You can use only refined flour too.

You can make it as a party snack. You don’t need to make it after guest’s arrival like puri or kachori because it will perfect fluffy and crisp when cool. You can store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days.






Recipe


For the dough


Maida or refined flour – 1/2 cup



Atta or whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup



Salt – 1/2 teaspoon



Hot oil – 2 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Water – 1/3 cup



For stuffing


Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup



Oil – 2 tablespoon



Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon



Curry leaves – 8 – 10 , chopped



Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon



Green chilli – 1 chopped



Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 heaped tablespoon, chopped 



Salt to taste



Sugar – 1 – 2  teaspoon or to taste



Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Sambhar masala – 1 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon



Oil for frying






Method


In a bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida, salt, turmeric powder and hot oil. Mix well with hand. 


Add water and make a firm pliable dough. Hot oil will make your biscuit roti crispy.

Cover and keep aside.



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



Now add chopped curry leaves. I have used dried curry leaves so I have crushed the leaves.



Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for few seconds.



Add semolina or suji, cumin powder, coriander powder, sambhar masala, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder. If you like hot you can use normal red chilli powder.



 Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or until semolina and spices mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool down.



Take lemon size ball from the dough. Roll out the ball with rolling pin. Make circle of about 3 inches diameter. 



Place 1 tablespoon semolina stuffing in the middle.

Now bring the edges together with your fingers. Close the edges and make a ball again. Make sure that the stuffing completely sealed.

There should be no hole because holes will absorb oil. 



Roll it again. Make a flat circle of 3 inch diameter. Roll out gently. 



Heat enough oil for frying. Let the oil properly heat up.

Fry the biscuit roti on medium heat.



Slid the puri in hot oil. Gently press with a slotted spatula.

When the puri puffed up flip and fry other side. 

Fry till golden brown from both the sides. 



Serve fluffy, spicy and crispy puri with tea or coffee.

Or store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days to use as a snack.



Notes

1. If you want your biscuit roti sweeter, add 2 tablespoon sugar.

2. You can use grated coconut in the stuffing with semolina. If you are using coconut don’t store. 

Its too yummy so you don’t have to store 😀

3. You can also use only refined flour or maida instead of half refined flour half whole wheat flour. 
Enjoy……


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