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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French Bean With Rosemary Oregano Lemon And Corn

French beans with rosemary, oregano, lemon and corn.
A delicious and aromatic side dish but its also taste great as a snack. You can serve it with toasted bread in breakfast or serve bowl full as a healthy and yummy snack.
Its very easy to make. If you have boiled French beans and sweet corn ready then you can make this in few minutes.

Our this week’s 164 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #beanpower. My humble contribution is this aromatic and delicious French beans with rosemary, oregano, lemon and sweat corn.

French beans are low calorie, nutritious and fiber rich vegetable.
The fiber content is very high, and it also provides some of your daily protein requirements. They also act as an easy source for acquiring vitamins like vitamin A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. In terms of minerals, green beans are a good source of calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper.
The health benefits of green beans include a reduced risk of heart diseases and colon cancer, as well as controlled diabetes. They provide a boost to the immune system and contribute to the elimination of harmful free radicals.
Source

And aromatic herbs like rosemary and oregano have many health benefits.
Rosemary and oregano contain diabetes-fighting compounds.
The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait.
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You can serve it in breakfast with toasted bread or serve as a side dish with any bread. Or enjoy as a snack. Sweet corn is optional you can also make it without sweat corn. If you are making it for kids reduce the amount of chilli flakes or skip the chillies.

Photo credit – Suchismita Roy

Recipe

French bean – 200 gram

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced

Tomato – 1, small

Rosemary – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil or butter – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and wash the French beans. Cut and discard both ends and cut into half.

2. Boil the beans in water for 5 minutes or till the beans becomes dark green in colour. Beans shouldn’t be mushy. I have microwave on high power for 5 minutes.

3. Boil the tomato till it’s peel slit. Let it cool down.
Peel and chop finely.

4. Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add minced garlic and fry until garlic becomes light brown.

5. Add chopped tomato. Fry till tomato becomes mushy.

6. Now add French beans, boiled sweet corn and salt.

7. Saute and add rosemary, oregano, black pepper powder and chilli flakes.

8. Mix well. Saute and cook till dried up.

9. Add lemon juice and remove from heat.

10. Serve hot with toasted bread or enjoy bowl full as a snack.

Photo credit – Suchismita Roy

Notes
1. You can also make it without sweet corn but sweet corn enhance the taste.
2. You can add one more boiled tomato if you like.
3. Adjust the chilli according to your taste.

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Whole Masoor Dal Or Red Lentils

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils. You can call it powerhouse of nutrients.
A protein rich very delicious, flavourful and spicy dal. Best accompany with your steamed rice or any bread.

Whole Masoor (Red Lentils) is one of the small and good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber from a list of Indian dals. Masoor dal is a very important part of vegetarian diet in Indian cuisine. They are a powerhouse of protein and rich in vitamin B1 and folic acid. Ayurveda states that red lentils help in balancing the vata. Here are 7 amazing health benefits of Masoor Dal.
1. Prevents Rapid Aging
2. Helps Weight Loss
3. Boosts Immunity
4. Improves Digestion
5. Protects Your Heart
6. Reduces Inflammation
7. Healthy for Eyes
Source

One nice evening my neighbor Anju Arora came to my house. We were talking about some different types of dal or lentil. And I remember this whole masoor dal that I didn’t cook at all this year. Thanks Anju for reminding me of this nutritious dal.
Sending this post to 160 #Foodiemonday bloghop #DalsOfIndia theme.

If you don’t like onion garlic then you can skip these. Dal will be delicious without onion garlic too. Follow rest of the recipe, just omit onion and garlic.
You can add 1 teaspoon dry roasted and crushed kasoori methi at the end. I didn’t. I have made it in pressure cooker. You don’t need to boil it and then add tempering. Just fry all the spices in pressure cooker and add the dal. This dal takes longer time to cook than other dal.

Recipe

Whole masoor dal – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Tomato – 2 large chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 4 cup or as require

Oil or ghee – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the whole masoor dal or brown lentils well and soak in water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Crush green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

3. Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter in a pressure cooker. I have used half oil half ghee.

4. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and dry red chilli.

5. When cumin starts to splutter add chopped onion and green chilli.

6. Fry til the onions becomes translucent. Add minced garlic and fry until onion and garlic becomes brown.

7. Add chopped tomatoes and grated ginger. Add cumin powder, turmeric powder garam masala powder and salt. You can also add red chilli powder if you want your dal more spicy.

8. Stir continuously and cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

9. Drain the water from soaked whole masoor dal or red lentils and add in the pressure cooker.

10. Mix well and fry till it dried up completely.
Add 4 cup water. Mix and close the lid.

11.Whole lentils take time to cook. So let it cook for 7 – 8 whistle or after 1 whistle cook on simmer for 30 minutes.

12. Let the pressure cooker cool down.
Check the dal by pressing between your finger tips. If its not soft enough cook for 2 – 3 whistles more.

13. Your dal is ready. If you are not on a restricted diet, add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter.

14. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, sliced ginger and tomato.
You can garnish with chopped onions or fried onion slices. Or you can sprinkle 1 teaspoon dry roasted and crushed kasoori methi if you like.
Serve hot with steamed rice, roti naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Add chilli according to your taste.

2. Add water as you like the consistency thin or thick. Best keep the consistency semi thick.

3. You can mash 2 – 3 tablespoon dal to get creamy texture.

4. If you don’t like onion garlic then you can skip these. Follow the rest of the recipe and just omit onion and garlic.

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Mint Paneer Kofta Or Cottage Cheese Balls In Mint Gravy

Mint paneer kofta or cottage cheese balls in mint gravy. Or you can name it hariyali/green kofta in hariyali/green gravy. Whatever you name it taste is lip-smacking.

Mint is not only nutritious its also a great appetizer. A refreshing herb of summer. Mint, coriander, lemon and spices makes this curry delicious.
A perfect party side dish.
You can serve it with any bread, pulao or steamed rice.

You will love the taste of this delicious aromatic curry.
If you have green chutney then you can make it in a jiffy. I have made kofta in appe pan with very little oil. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint kofta in mint gravy.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves or pudina – 1 cup

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5 cloves

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Soak cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, green chilli, tomato and soaked cashew nuts. Make a smooth paste.

3. In a bowl mix crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala powder, 2 tablespoon ground mixture and 2 tablespoon cornflour.

4. Mix well and make small balls. If require you can add little more cornflour. But don’t add much.

5. Heat an appe pan. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry.
Drop few drops oil in the holes. Place the balls over it. Cook on low flame till the balls become golden brown. Flip and cook other side. Kofta is ready. Keep them aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Now add the ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

8. Add water as much require for the gravy. Don’t make it runny. I like thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add paneer balls in it. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

10. Switch off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, Steamed rice, pulao or any type of bread.

Notes –

1. You can increase or decrease the green chilli as per your spice tolerance.

2. If you like your gravy tangy, add little more lemon juice at the end.

3. Add water as per your desired consistency. If you like light gravy you can add little more water.

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Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce.
An easy to make and delicious pasta sauce.

Marinara sauce is an Italian tomato sauce that originated in Naples, usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions. Its many variations can include the addition of capers, olives, spices, and a dash of wine. Source – Wikipedia

Not only pasta but you can use it as sandwich spread, with lasagna, noodles etc. Or simply serve with any snack.
After making pasta I have served remaining sauce with my homemade focaccia with cheese.

Our this week’s 134th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is pasta sauce.

I am sharing my favourite, easy and yummy marinara sauce.
You need only few flavourful ingredients and herbs to make this sauce. I have oregano in my pantry so I have used it, you can use basil, oregano, parsley or thyme whatever you want.

Recipe

Tomato – 6 medium

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Onion 1 small, finely chopped

Garlic – 2 cloves, minced

Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Cheese to garnish

Method

Drop the tomatoes in boiling water. Boil until the skin starts to wrinkle and split.

Let the tomatoes cool down. You can drop them in chilled water.
Now peel off the skin and make paste with your food processor or mixer grinder.

If you want tomato chunks in your sauce then chop them. I like my sauce smooth.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and minced garlic. Saute till the onion become translucent.

Add tomato paste, salt, sugar, black pepper powder, chilli flakes, bay leaf and oregano. Mix well. When the mixture starts to boil simmer the flame.

Let it cook on simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until it becomes thick. Stir occasionally.

Add vinegar and mix. Taste and adjust the salt and seasoning.
Remove from heat. Garnish with grated cheese and serve with your pasta.

You can store it in refrigerator for later use. Heat before serving.

Notes

1. You can use basil, thyme, parsley or any herbs.

2. You can serve it with lasagna, noodles or sandwiches. Or serve with any snacks.

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Tomato Coconut Chickpea Curry 

Tomato coconut chickpea curry.

A delicious dry curry without onion. Fresh coconut, tomato, garlic and some spices makes the curry flavourful and lip-smacking.

My mom used to make this curry with only tomato and garlic. She rarely used onions and the taste was awesome. Today I have followed her recipe but added fresh coconut too.

If you don’t have coconut you can omit it. Sometimes I also make it without coconut. With or without both are delicious. Or you can make it without garlic too. Use only tomato, ginger, coconut, green chilli and spices. You can use lemon juice instead of dry mango powder or use both if you like tangy curry.

 

Recipe


Chickpea – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon +1 tablespoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves 2 tablespoon + to garnish

Method


Soak the chickpea overnight.

Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortal pastel.

Boil the overnight soaked chickpeas with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and water.

Discard bay leaf and keep aside.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut. Make a smooth paste.

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

Now add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

Saute till oil leaves the side.

Add boiled chickpeas, 2 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Add salt carefully. We have added salt while boiling the chickpeas. Mix well.

Add remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Stir and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the water absorbed.

If you want thick gravy add little more water. I have made dry curry.
Add dry mango powder and mix well. If you don’t have dry mango powder you can use lemon juice. Or use both if you like tangy taste.

Taste and adjust salt. If you like you can add little more dry mango powder or lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Serve with paratha, puri, naan, roti or Indian flat bread or any bread.

Notes


1. Add chilli according to your taste. If you  like hot add more chilli.
2. You can add 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice if you like your curry tangy.
3. If you don’t like garlic you can omit it.

4. If you like the taste of coconut and want to make it without garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut.

 

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Flavoured American Biscuit 

Flavoured American biscuit.

First time tried these biscuits and love the texture and taste.  So tried again with lightly flavoured with Italian herbs. You can enjoy these savoury biscuits with jam or gravy.

A biscuit in the United States and parts of Canada, is a variety of small baked goods with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a chemical leavening agent rather than yeast. They are similar to British scones or the bannock from the Shetland Isles.

Biscuits, soda breads, and cornbread, among others, are often referred to collectively as “quick breads,” to indicate that they do not need time to rise before baking.

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First time I saw these biscuits in a food group. And tempted to try it. Thanks to Pat Clark Royalty, Nathalie Dupree and Rosie Dore for the great help. You introduced me to these delicious biscuits. Everyone in my family loved these.

Adopted the recipe from Geniuskitchen.com

Recipe is very easy and simple. Refined flour is used in it. But next time I will try with whole wheat flour. I have made these with lightly flavoured. If you like you can increase the amount of herbs for strong flavour. See notes for it.

Recipe


All purpose flour or maida – 2 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Unsalted butter – 6 tablespoon, chilled

Butter milk – 1 cup

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Origano – 2 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


1. Preheat your oven at 180°.
2. Combine all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, garlic powder, origano and red chilli flakes in a bowl.
3. Cut the butter into chunks and mix it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles course meal.

If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix just to combined.

If you feel the mixture dry add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
6. Pat very gently. (according to original recipe it should not be  rolled  with a rolling pin) but I have used rolling pin. Next time I will follow as directed in the original recipe. Pat or roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Better don’t use rolling pin.
7. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.

Don’t twist, cut the biscuits directly down.
9. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet, if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.

If you like crusty sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
11. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.

Do not overbake.

Notes –

1. Handle the dough gently. Don’t knead much.

If you have food processor you can use it.
2. If you want fresh biscuits you can cut the dough and place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Bake for 20 minutes when required.
3. Now I am copy pasting the words as Pat Clark Royalty directed to make these –

Remember: cut to pea like consistency. Pat to oblong. Fold into thirds. Pat again. Fold again. Cut biscuits directly down. Don’t twist the cutter. Done. Don’t make too thin.

Leftover: split, butter, cut side down in hot pan to brown.

Thanks again for these useful tips.
4. If you don’t have buttermilk mix 3/4 cup curd and 1/4 cup water or mix 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in 1 cup milk, keep aside for 5 – 10 minutes to get the perfect buttermilk.
5. If you want strong flavour use 2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon origano. Add chilli flakes according to your taste.

6. My Indian readers if you make the dough soft and smooth not wet and roll out thin then it will be just like khasta mathri like snack. You can try if you like.

Get the original recipe here.
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