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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Kadala Curry Or Black Chickpea Curry

Kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine.
A very flavourful and spicy curry. Freshly ground Kerala garam masala and coconut made the curry lip-smacking.
Beautiful state Kerala known as ‘God’s own Country’ or land of spices.
According to Wikipedia The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.

I have shared two more black chickpea recipes here.

Black chickpea kabab

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

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

http://sujithaeasycooking.com.
Sujitha Ruban gave me two flavourful ingredients Mace and fennel seeds and I gave her banana and ginger powder. Check out her blog for the recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I made this kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine with those aromatic ingredients.
Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

Aids in Weight Loss: …
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Lowers Cholesterol: …
Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Low Glycemic Index (GI): …
Prevention of Diabetes: …
Great Source of Iron: …
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Now coming to the recipe. You will love this flavourful curry. And all the flavour comes from aromatic Kerala garam masala. If you have Kerala garam masala ready in your pantry then you can use 1 teaspoon of it. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder to bring some colour in the curry.

Recipe

Kala chana or black chickpeas – 1 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Curry leaves – 12 – 13

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 small

Coconut – 1/2 cup heaped, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon

Mace – 2 blades

Cloves – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Star anise – a small piece

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Nutmeg – a pinch

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 7 – 8 whistle or till chickpeas becomes soft.

3. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Roast lightly till fragrant. Don’t overdo.

4. Let the spices cool down. And grind into fine powder.

5. Grind the coconut. Add water as require to make a smooth paste.

6. Grind tomato and ginger. You can use chopped tomato and grated ginger. But I like smooth paste so ground altogether.

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

8. Now add curry leaves, chopped onion and green chilli.

9. Fry till onions becomes light brown.
Add tomato and ginger paste or grated ginger and chopped tomato.
Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

10. Add coconut paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, black pepper powder and dry roasted and ground fennel seeds, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg.

11. Saute till everything dried up.
Add boiled black chickpea or kala chana and salt. Mix well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add 1 cup water. Or you can add 1/2 cup more water if you want more gravy.

13. Let it boil. Now cook on simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

14. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

15. Take out 3 – 4 tablespoon chickpeas and mash well with a spoon and add in the gravy if you want your gravy thick.

16. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.

Note

If you want you can also add garlic to the curry. Grind garlic cloves with tomato and ginger.

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Beetroot Dal Or Lentil Curry

Beetroot dal or lentil curry.
A delicious protein rich dal with all the goodness of beetroot.
Its a superbly delicious dal. Perfect accompany with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.
I did not use onion garlic in it but you can use if you want.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas is a most favourite dal of my son. So I always try to make it in some different ways.
I have shared three more dal recipes here.
Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach

Egg dal tadka

To get beetroot recipes click on the name below.

Beetroot shot

Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

Beetroot rice

Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

Beetroot appe

Beetroot cutlets

Pigeon peas or arhar dal or toor dal is very delicious and easy to make lentil. And not only it taste great but it is also good for our health.
There is a wide range of impressive health benefits associated with pigeon peas, including their ability to stimulate growth, manage blood pressure, prevent anemia, and boost heart health. It also aids in weight loss, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, and eliminates inflammation.
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Added beetroot in it. Which is low in fat. Full of vitamins, potassium, iron, nitrate and packed with powerful antioxidants. Its known as super food.
And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

Inspired by the recipe from a blog post of my fellow blogger and friend Amrita Iyer. She made this dal with beetroot greens. Loved her recipe
Beetroot greens dal fry. Thanks Amrita for the idea of adding beetroot in toor dal.

We love the taste of beetroot so made this dal with beetroot but you can also use beetroot green as Amrita’s recipe.

Recipe

Toor/arhar dal or split pigeon peas – 1/2 cup

Beetroot – 1 medium

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Ginger – 1 inch piece,
grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Asafetida or hing – 1/4 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the dal or lentil and soak for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grate or finely chop the beetroot. Chop green chilli, cilantro and tomatoes.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.

5. Now add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing, bay leaf and dry red chilli.
See notes if you are using onion garlic.

6. Add beetroot, tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.

7. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till dried up and tomato becomes mushy.

9. Add the lentil or dal. Mix well.

10. Add water and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Close the lid. Cook for 3 – 4 whistle or until the dal becomes soft.

12. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

13. Take out the dal in a serving bowl.

14. Heat 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a small pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter, remove the pan from heat.

15. Add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing and dry red chilli. Stir well.

16. Pour this tempering over the dal.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

17. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use any dal or lentil if you don’t have split pigeon peas or toor dal.

2. You can use onion garlic if you want. Add finely chopped 1 onion and minced garlic with bay leaf and fry till onion becomes light brown. Then add tomatoes and beetroot.

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Beetroot Shot With Mint Lemon And Black Salt

Beetroot shot with mint, lemon and black salt.
Chilled beetroot shot is a perfect drink to beat the heat. And we all know that beetroot is a very nutritious vegetable.

Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

I recently joined a facebook group A to Z recipe challenge. Created by Jolly and Vidya. Every alternate month we have to make a post. I have missed first theme challenge. Alphabet of this month is B. And I am sharing this chilled beetroot shot for this theme.

I have used raw beetroot to make it. Because I love the sweetness of raw beetroot. Not only that.
Beet juice is known as a blood purifier due to its antioxidant and detoxification properties. Consuming beets increase your body’s production of glutathione, which
helps your body detoxify by grabbing numerous toxins and pulling them into the colon, where they are evacuated. Beet juice might also improve the composition of blood by stimulating red blood cell production, improve stamina, dissolve kidney stones and reduce blood pressure, according to “Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet.”
Betalains and some other nutrients are reduced in cooked beets because they are sensitive to heat, according to “Nutritional Sciences for Human Health.” As cooking time and temperature increase, betalains and vitamin C content steadily decreases.
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I have used mint, ginger, lemon, black salt and pepper in it. These ingredients made this juice delicious. Add some ice cubes and enjoy the healthy and delicious beetroot shot chilled.

Recipe

Beetroot – 1 medium

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Ice cube – as require

Method

1. Blend grated or finely chopped beetroot with water, mint leaves, lemon zest and ginger in a mixer grinder or food processor.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer or sieve.

3. Add lemon juice, black salt and pepper.

4. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

5. Place some ice cube in the shot glass. Pour the juice over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.

Enjoy….
Stay healthy stay happy 😊

Notes

1. Use black pepper powder according to your taste. If you don’t like pepper you can omit it.

2. If you don’t have black salt then you can use rock salt or any other salt but black salt tastes better.

3. If you don’t like raw beetroot then you can boil the beetroot with skin and then peel chop and blend as mentioned above.

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Sukto / Bengali Mixed Vegetables

Sukto
Sukto or shuktoni is a Bengali traditional dish.
Mixed vegetables with less spices. Its taste mildly bitter and lightly sweet. In Bengali platter traditionally people start eating with a bitter dish, then main course in lunch. And the last course is sweet. Elderly people say that if you start your meal with a bitter dish then you feel other dishes more tasty 😀

 

Usually bitter gourd is used in sukto. But I heard from my mom that if it is preparing for marriage or any such auspicious occasion bitter gourd shouldn’t be used in it. That called misti sukto or sweet sukto. All the ingredients are same but it will be without bitter gourd.

Generally sukto is served with steamed rice.
Never thought of sharing sukto recipe on my blog. Because I thought its a very common recipe in Bengali household. But recently I was browsing through some Bengali traditional recipes. And noticed that every sukto recipe is different. So decided to share my both mother’s recipe. Yes my mother and mother in law both used to follow same recipe.

In Bengal radhuni is must in sukto. According to Wikipedia radhuni is known as wild celery in English. And known as ajmod in Hindi.

 

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In Bengal radhuni in used in panch phoran or five spices mix. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.
But outside Bengal its not available so we (প্রবাসী বাঙালি) don’t use it.
But this time I have a packet of radhuni which I have bought from Kolkata. So I have used it. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it. I have used whatever vegetables I have. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.
I like very mild bitter taste in sukto so used only 1/4 of bitter gourd but if you like you can use 1 small bitter gourd.

Recipe

Potato – 2

Raw banana – 2

Flat beans – 4 – 5

Radish or muli – 1 small

Eggplant or aubergine – 1 small

Bitter gourd or karela – 1/4

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Panch phoran ( mixture of fenugreek, nigella, mustard, cumin and fennel seeds) – 2 teaspoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Aniseed or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Bari or dried lentil dumplings – 1/4 cup

Radhuni – 1/4 teaspoon

Flour or atta – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoon water, mix and keep aside.

2. Soak aniseed or sounf in water.

3. Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

4. Peel and chop the potatoes and raw banana lengthwise.

5. Chop the radish, flat beans and eggplant or aubergine lengthwise.

6. Cut the bitter gourd in thin round pieces.

 

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7. Wash and drain all the vegetables.
Keep the bitter gourd aside.

8. Grind the poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger with the help of little water. Make a smooth paste.

9. Dry roast 1 teaspoon panch phoran and grind. I have used my mortal pestle to make powder of these roasted spices.

9. Heat oil in a pan. Fry all the vegetables separately.

10. Fry the bari or dried lentil dumplings.

11. At last fry the bitter gourd pieces and keep aside.

12. Add 1 teaspoon Pancho phoran,1/4 teaspoon radhuni and bay leaf in hot oil. Let the panch phoran splutter.

13. Add all the fried vegetables except bitter gourd.
Add poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger paste. Saute till it dried up.

14. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder and soaked mustard powder.
Mix well.

15. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes. Add water and cover. Cook till the vegetables become tender.

16. Mix flour in milk. Mix well to make it lump free.

17. Add dried lentil dumplings and flour milk mixture. Mix well and cook till you get your desired consistency.

18. At last add fried bitter gourd pieces and 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter.

19. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Remove from heat. Add roasted and powdered panch phoran and mix.

20. Your sukto is ready to serve.
Serve with hot steamed rice.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.

2. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it.

3. If you want to make it in less oil fry the bitter gourd pieces first. And then saute all the vegetables altogether. But traditionally vegetables should be fried separately.

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Green Tea Grape Mocktail

Green tea grape mocktail.
Summer time again. And here is a chilled and refreshing drink for you.
A perfect drink to beat the heat. This non alcoholic drink is perfect for your party. A delicious mocktail for kids and non drinkers.

You can make the drink and store in refrigerator. Mix soda water and ice just before serving.

This week’s 137th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is mocktail.
And I am sharing this green tea grape mocktail.

You can get some more drink recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Virgin watermelon mojito

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Thandai flavoured fruit punch

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Virgin mojito with watermelon and Fanta

Refreshing flavour of green tea, mint, ginger and lemon, sweetness of grapes and cooling properties of cucumber makes this drink superbly delicious.
I have added little ginger in it but if you don’t like you can omit. Or you can increase the amount of ginger if you like.

Recipe

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 cup

Grape – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Sparkling water or soda water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon wedge, mint and thin lengthwise slice of cucumber to garnish

Method

Make one cup green tea and let it cool down.
Wash the grapes. Peel and chop the half cucumber. Taste the cucumber before using. It shouldn’t be bitter.

In a blender blend grapes, cucumber, mint leaves, black salt, grated ginger, lemon juice and green tea.
Blend till smooth and frothy.

Strain the mixture. Press with a spoon on strainer to get all the juice.
Slice thin lengthwise piece of cucumber.
Place the slice in a glass. Press on the inner wall of the glass.

Place some crushed ice in the glass.
Pour the strained juice over it. Top with sparkling water or soda water.
Garnish with lemon wedge, mint and grape.
Serve chilled.
Enjoy……

Notes

1. I like natural Sweetness so I didn’t add any sweetener. You can add honey or sugar if you want.

2. You can add little more black salt if require.

3. You can increase or decrease the amount of mint and ginger as per your taste.

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Handvo

Handvo.
A delicious Gujarati dish made of rice and lentils.
You can call it a savoury cake loaded with the goodness of vegetables and lentils.
A baked dish with soaked and ground rice, different types of lentils or dal, spices, carrot and bottle gourd. Any other vegetables can be added in it.

This month in facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
we are sharing different dishes from Gujarati cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients.

This month my partner is a very talented blogger Amrita Ayer. Who blog at
http://thefoodsamaritan.com
Please visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Amrita gives me carrot and sesame seeds as secret ingredients. Thanks dear for these delicious ingredients.

In this recipe I have used 4 type of lentils or dal, rice, carrot, bottle gourd and some spices. You can serve it as a snack.

Recipe

Ingredients

Rice – 1 cup

Pigeon peas or tuar dal – 1/4 cup

Whole green gram or moong dal – 1/4 cup

Split chickpeas or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Split black gram or urad dal – 1/4 cup

Grated bottle gourd – 1 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Curd – 1/2 cup

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno fruit salt – 1 teaspoon

For tempering

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Curry leaves – 8 – 10, chopped

Method

Soak rice and lentils for 4 – 5 hours.
Grind into a coarse paste. Add very little water if require.

Take out the ground mixture in a big bowl. Add curd and mix well. Cover and keep aside for fermentation. I have kept overnight.

Mix salt, turmeric powder, asafetida, grated carrot, bottle gourd, ginger, chopped green chillies, cilantro or coriander leaves, sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix everything well.

Grease a baking pan generously.
Preheat the oven at 200°for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add curry leaves and asafetida, stir and switch off the flame.

Add sesame seeds. Mix and add half of the tempering in the batter and mix well.

Add Eno fruit salt just before baking. Give a good stir and pour the batter in the oil greased baking pan.

Tap gently.
Pour the remaining tempering over it. Spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top becomes brown.

Let it cool down. Cut into square pieces. Serve warm or cold with any chutney or sauce.

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