Superfast, Super quick , Super delish and uses ingredients most often found in your pantry . The best part about this is the fact that it is so versatile and has a burst of flavors all in one. You can keep the consistency thick enough to make it into a sandwich spread, or add a dollop on your burger when grilling. Or thin it out a bit and it become the most awesome chutney for Idli, Dosa(i), Adai, Upma .. You name it! Slightly vary the flavor and you have a super hit dip on your hands for those multi grain chips.. Oh! you can let your imagination run wild. But trust me, this is one chutney you will not regret to add to your list of must- do’s or repertoire.
Channa Dal or skinned peanuts : 1 Tbsp
tamarind paste : 1/2 tsp
Onion : 1 big , Chopped fine
Tomato: 1 big Chopped fine
Carrots: 1 big, peeled, Chopped fine
Cilantro : 1/4 cup, Chopped fine
Mint: 1/4 cup ,Chopped fine
Oil: 2 tsp
Green chilies : 2
Red Bydagi chilies : 2
Salt : 1 tsp
In a skillet, heat one tsp of oil and fry the channa dal or peanuts if using to golden brown.
Also add in the red Bydagi chilies and fry them. Next add in the green chilies to fry it a bit more.
Scoop it all out in a plate to cool it down a bit.
Add in one more tsp of oil in the same skillet and fry the onions, tomatoes and carrots in the sequential order. Take care to ensure these are nicely cooked/sautéed.
Turn off the flame and add in the chopped cilantro and mint and stir it in. The residential heat in the pan is enough to slightly wither the greens and take the edge of the raw nature of it.
Scoop this out on a second plate to cool the contents.
In a blender, dry grind the channa dal or peanuts with the red chilies initially into a dry rough grind. Next add in the green chilies, tamarind paste, sautéed veggies and salt and blend very well without water.
Add in a few tablespoons of water to thin out according to need , but ensure it is given a final whirl in the blender before use.
That’s it! Simple and ready for a multitude of uses.
Don’t’ have channa dal or peanuts? Try using split urad dal or almonds. Works like a charm and don’t be shy to experiment a bit.
Don’t have red Bydagi chiles?Add in a tsp of kashmiri mirch powder or simply exclude it from the recipe.
Mint and cilantro can be mutually exclusive in this recipe or added with a bit of sweet basil and you have a completely different flavor.
Add in sautéed ginger and introduce a new variation to this.Want to add garlic? Yes yes you may do so, but ensure again it is sautéed very well.
Uses: sandwich spread, relish, topping, accompaniment to dosas, idli, rotis, upma and more, dip for multi grain chips and crackers, veggie dips.
This post has been languishing in the drafts for a fair bit of time. In all fairness there are other posts that have to take precedence, but I seems to channel the bit of ADCD.. The attention deficient cleaning disorder ! Only in this case it seems to be on the case of cleaning up my drafts folder.
My little(st) imp turned all of 6 a few weeks back ! And since we have 2 May born in the family, I try to keep the birthday celebrations menu a bit diverse, this one was created for A3 ..This child has sweet teeth.. No seriously, he can dig into anything sweet, but he also loves these Vadai or Urad dal doughnuts or fried dumplings for lack of a better term.
And I try and create, inculcate, mix and match a few of the flavors to keep it diverse for him as much as possible ..
So here goes..
Urad dal split or whole : 1.25 cups
Brown basmati rice : a handful
Whole Black peppercorns: 1/2 tsp
Onion: Chopped finely, 1/2 cup
Fresh Cilantro: Chopped finely ,1/4 cup
Fresh Mint : Chopped finely , 1/4 cup
Green Cabbage: Chopped finely, 1/4 cup
Fresh Ginger: 1 inch, peeled grated finely
Salt : 1 tsp and adjusted to taste
Soak the Urad Dal, rice and pepper corns in a 3 cups of water for a couple of hours.
Once it is soaked very well and has completely hydrated itself, drain the water and reserve if required for grinding.
Grind it to a thick dough consistency in a blender . Use as little water as possible . Using the south indian style wet grinder would yield the fluffy dough very well, but a blender works very well too.
The batter would resemble a very thick pancake batter. Add salt and fluff it up with a fork or whisk. Air incorporated this way would actually yield the airy and puffy vadai kind. Plus the addition of rice, would give you the crispier outer texture.
Add in all the chopped ingredients and stir in gently.
Fry these dumplings your style – doughnut style or simple blobs in hot oil.Just ensure they are fried until golden brown in medium hot oil!
That’s it ! Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with a relish of your choice !
This is seriously a very forgiving recipe. Add in grated carrots, chopped spinach, onions for another flavor. Can take up more heat? Add in fine diced Jalapeños!
Day 4 dawns with a sunny and bright disposition.. Hitting 90’s weather and it is still officially spring in NC. Unofficially though it’s like we rolled out of winter with bare cursory knock into spring and right into summer! It’s time for chilled salads, popsicles and fruit treats!
A trip to the grocery yielded much of the bounty but I was so tempted to bring in these sweet white corn. Oh, they looked just perfect !
And todays lunch called for cold, crunchy nutritious salad.