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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Corn Salad

Corn salad.
Delicious refreshing filling and healthy salad. Perfect for this hot weather.
Just mix sweet corn, parsley, tomato, cucumber and onion with a tangy delicious dressing. Topped with roasted almond and sesame seeds. And your salad will be ready in a jiffy.
Roasted crunchy almond and sesame seeds will make this salad delish.

You can get some more salad recipe here.
Peas chickpea low calorie salad

Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

Its my 300 post on the blog. Sharing this healthy salad and coming soon with one more interesting recipe for you.
Sending this post to the 151 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Corn theme.

I have mentioned above that recipe is very easy and simple. I have used 1 tablespoon almond in it but if you like more crunch then you can use 2 tablespoon sliced roasted almond. If you don’t like parsley then you can use cilantro or coriander leaves, mint, basil or any other herb of your choice.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, chopped

Onion – 1, sliced

Parsley – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Mustard powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Olive oil – 2 teaspoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. For dressing, in a bowl mix olive oil, salt, mustard powder, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and black pepper powder. Whisk well and keep aside.

2. Dry roast the almonds and sesame seeds.
Let the almonds cool down and slice them.

3. In a bowl mix sweet corn, cubed cucumber, chopped tomatoes, sliced onion and parsley leaves.

4. Mix the dressing in it. Combine everything well.

5. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.
Sprinkle roasted sliced almonds and roasted sesame seeds over it.

6. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Serve chilled

Enjoy……

Notes

1. If you don’t have parsley then you can use cilantro, mint, basil or any herb of your choice.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon more roasted and sliced almond if you like the crunchiness in your salad.

3. You can use broccoli, capsicum, bell peppers, carrot, radish or whatever vegetable you like.

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Spicy Pineapple Virgin Margarita

Spicy pineapple virgin margarita.
A chilled delicious refreshing alcohol free drink.
Sweetness of pineapple, flavour of cumin and mint, hint of chilli and pink salt and tanginess of lemon makes the drink super yummy 😋

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.
Source

So you can call it a healthy drink. Diet conscious people can enjoy this guilt free delicious drink.

I made it with or without sparkling water. Both are superbly delicious. You can serve it as a party drink. I didn’t add sugar in it. But if you like you can add sugar or sugar syrup according to your taste. I love this drink with the natural sweetness of pineapple.

Recipe

Pineapple – 1 heaped cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 7 – 8

Water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Blend pineapple and mint leaves with water in a blender.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.
Add pink or black salt, chilli flakes or powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend again. You can add some ice cube with it.

3. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Rub lemon on the rim of the glass. Now dip the rim in pink salt.

5. Place some ice cube in the glass. Pour pineapple mixture over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
Enjoy…….

Notes

1. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you like.

2. I didn’t use sparkling water but if you want add it just before serving.

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Fruity Salad With Corn Cucumber And Parsley

Fruity salad with corn, cucumber, and Parsley.
A perfect dish for this scorching summer. And a great way to feed kids fruit. A chilled bowl of this fruit salad is filling, delicious and easy to make.

You can use any fruit of your choice. I have used watermelon, pineapple and mango with sweet corn, cucumber, tomato and Parsley.

You can use grapes, banana, apples, kiwi, pomegranate, orange or any fruits you have. If you don’t like Parsley then you can use mint, basil, cilantro or coriander leaves or any herb of your choice. Mix salt and pepper. Drizzle lemon juice and serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Enjoy a bowl full of chilled fruity salad.
You can get two more salad recipes here.

Pea chickpea low calorie salad

Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

Our this week’s 149th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #salad.
When all the members vote for salad, I thought of my favourite fruit salad. Yes I love it as lunch in this hot weather. You can adjust the pepper powder according to your taste. Use any fruit available in your pantry. Lemon juice, black salt and pepper powder will make your salad delicious.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1 cup, diced

Watermelon – 1 cup, scooped or cubed

Pineapple – 1 cup, diced

Mango – 1 cup, scooped or cubed

Tomato – 2, small

Black salt or rock salt – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Chop the tomatoes in small pieces. Take only outer part. Remove the pulp or seed. Don’t discard, you can use it in the curries.

2. In a bowl add all the ingredients and chopped tomatoes. You can use halved cherry tomatoes if you want.

3. Add salt, pepper powder and lemon juice.

4. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt, pepper and lemon juice if require.

5. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes –

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. If you don’t have Parsley then you can use chopped mint leaves, basil, cilantro or any herb of your choice.

3. You can also use finely sliced 1 onion in it.

4. You can add chopped green chilli if you like your salad spicy.

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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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Eggless Lemon Chocolate Marble Cake 


Eggless lemon chocolate marble cake.

Soft and delicious cake made with two different batter. You will love the chocolate and lemon mixed taste. If you like you can also make two different cakes.

You can get the lemon cake recipe here

Posting this recipe for  Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have paired with Poornima Porchelvan for baking theme. Poornima is a wonderful blogger who blog at Poornima Cook book. Check out delicious recipes on her blog.

Poornima has gave me two of my favourite ingredients, lemon and chocolate. Thanks Poornima for these lovely ingredients.

I have made this marble cake with these two ingredients. Lemon and chocolate mixed flavour makes it superbly delicious.

Really happy with the texture, it is super soft.

I have made two completely different batter for this cake.

I have used refined flour in it but you can make with whole wheat flour or you can use half whole wheat flour and half refined flour.

Recipe 


For lemon batter 


Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Milk  – 1 cup room temperature

All purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cup

Baking powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda  – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice  – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest  – 1 teaspoon

 

 

For chocolate batter 

 

Refined flour – 1&1/2 cup

Powdered sugar- 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Cocoa powder- 2 tbsp

Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder- 1/2 tsp

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

 

 

 

 

Method 



Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a cake tin and dust with flour. Remove the excess flour.
Lemon batter 

Sieve flour, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl mix sugar and milk. Milk should be at room temperature.

When sugar dissolves add 3 tablespoon oil and beat well.

Add flour mixture gradually in it. Mix and make a smooth batter.

Now add lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well.

Keep it aside.

Chocolate batter – 

Mix vinegar with milk. Keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

In a large bowl whisk oil and sugar. I have used rice bran oil you can use olive oil or any flavourless oil.

Add vinegar mixed milk and whisk again.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Now add the dry ingredients gradually in it. Mix everything and make a smooth lump free batter.

Take 2 separate spoons for both the batter.

In greased and flour dusted cake tin pour a spoon full chocolate and lemon cake mixture alternately.

When all the both cake mixture used up, tap the bottom of the tin gently to remove the air bubbles. Fill the cake tin 3/4 because cake will rises well.

With a knife or skewer swirl the mixture in the tin few times to give the cake a marble effect.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool down completely.

Slice and serve the beautiful and delicious cake with your tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Enjoy……

Happy baking 😊
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Peanut Potatoes / Fasting recipe 

Peanut potatoes or potatoes for fasting days.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. Many people observe fast on every Monday during this month. Fast to learn self-control and detoxify the body. So fasting is not to torture ourselves. A proper diet is important to keep ourselves healthy and energetic.

Generally people eat potatoes, sabudana/sago or tapioca, buckwheat flour or kuttu atta, water chestnut flour or singhara atta, barnyard millet or vrat ka chawal/sama rice, fried food, sweets etc.

I have shared some more fasting recipes here.

Water chestnut and coconut cake

Barnyard millet fried idli 

Potato and barnyard millet cutlets

Singhara atta or water chestnut laddu

I am sharing a simple potato recipe today. Simple and easy yet lip-smacking taste.



Recipe 


Boiled potatoes – 8-10 small

Roasted or fried peanut – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Rai or black mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10-15

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Grated ginger – 1-2 teaspoon

Chopped green chilli – 2-3 chopped

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Rock salt or sendha namak to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon, optional



Method 


Peel the boiled potatoes. Make half. If potatoes are too small use whole.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

Add curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped green chilli and grated ginger. You can add 1-2 dry red chilli with these.

Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes, rock salt, cumin powder,  black pepper powder. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

Add fried or roasted peanut. If you like also add some fried cashew nuts.

You can use crushed peanut too.

Mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes more.

Add lemon juice and mix well.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more rock salt and lemon juice if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. If you have fresh grated coconut spread over it.

Serve hot.

Note –

You can use fried cashew nuts instead of peanuts, or use both. Add a fistful grated fresh coconut to make it more yummy.

You can use oil instead of ghee or clarified butter.

If you are not making it for fasting then add 1-2 teaspoon chaat masala too.

In place of lemon juice you can use dry mango powder or amchur or anardana powder/dry pomegranate powder.

If you want it hot add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder in it.

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