This is a very healthy dish.The cleaning and cutting is time consuming but it’s worth the time.I will come to the healthy benefits at the end.Now for the recipe
1 plantain flower
10-12 small onions/bunch of spring onions chopped fine.
2 green chillies chopped fine
2 pips of garlic
2 pinches of asafoetida
2 tblsp raw rice
1+1/2 cups gram dal soaked for 20-25 minutes.
4-5 dry chillies(if you like more you can add about 7-8)
1 tblsp.cummin seeds or powder
1 tsp.garam masala powder
1/2 tsp pepper
Oil for frying
Salt to taste
Method to clean. Remove the thick purple layers till you see the white part of the flower.The removed parts will have plantain shape flowers.Remove each,discard the stamen and the polythene like piece.Remove all this,and cut finely along with the white part and soak in buttermilk and turmeric.
NOTE:If you don’t have time use only the white part.
After the vegetable has soaked for 15 minutes. Wash and strain it.
Next grind the dal,rice,dry chillies,garlic and the spices to a coarse paste. Add half of the cut vegetable and just spin the blender for a click (do not grind).Add the rest of the ingredients,salt to taste. Bind well.Make balls and flatten like kebabs.Fry in oil to a golden color.
Believe me when I made this for the first time,all thought it was made with minced meat.
Health benefits :Wards off infections,antioxidants,good for nursing mothers,and many more.
Variations:You can use 2-3 type od dals if you like.
Horse gram+gram dal+green gram
Gram dal and green gram dal and toor/tuvar dal.
Brown/white chick peas/white peas .
Whatever dals you like can be used with the rest of the ingredients.It really gives you the
taste of minced meat kababs.!Nutritious and tasty!
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