KEERAI ULUNDHU VADA


Is it a rule that keerai should be added to

masala vada ( split gram dal).?

Today,I tried adding keerai to ulundhu vada

mixture and it was very tasty.

I make this vada with variations like adding

flour,rice flour or only the lentil itself.

This time I made with the inclusion of a roasted

gram dal and ponnanganni keerai (dwarf

copper leaf ). As I liked the taste ,I immersed

some in curd (thayir vada,curd vada). You can

make sambhar vada or rasam vada with this

recipe.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal ( ulundhu) soaked for minimum

20-25 minutes.

a handful of roasted gram dal

2 green chillies

Few peppercorns

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of baking soda

a small piece of ginger

Curry leaves

1 onion chopped

A handful of keerai (spinach, or your favourite

keerai can be addded)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the dal and grind to a paste with all the

ingredients except the onions and curryleaves.

Add the onions and curry leaves after you have

ground the dal.

Divide into portions, deep fry, or shallow fry to

a golden brown color.

Curd vada variation

Add the fried vadas to a bowl of hot water

for 5 minutes.Squeeze out the water lightly

and add to prepared curd.

To prepare curd

Beat the thick curd with salt, a little ginger-

garlic paste,a little sugar.

Garnish with sliced green chillies and

coriander leaves.

Sambhar vada ,and rasam vada can be made

with the same method.

TENDER JAK FALAFEL


Tender jak kebab ! Meaty vegan dish …I have

posted tender jak cutlets, and tender jak kebab and here’s the link to it

https://calinskitchen.com/2017/03/11/tender-jackfruit-kebab/

Today is another version of tender jak kebab

In fact it was a reconstructed from the fried

jak fruit I made seeni sambol with. (Recipe to

be posted).

This is more of a falafel as I have, used the

ingredients to make falafel . Any dish,east ,west

south,or north can be fusioned to one’s own

taste. I don’t believe in dictating authenticity in

any dish.Yes… if authentic dishes are needed in

a competion I agree you have to prove your

skills . Present lifestyle scenario in fusioned

food is not always a delight or healthy. When it

comes to reconstructing a dish, I believe it

should be more of a healthy view.

Now to the recipe today

Ingredients

1 cup soaked chick peas

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 tblsp chilli flakes

1 tblsp saunf

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 cup of thinly sliced fried / raw jak pieces

1 egg

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 onion

A handful of roasted gram dal

Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying.

Method

First grind the first 5 ingredients to a coarse

mixture.

Next,add the jak pieces and blend coarsely

Transfer the contents to a bowl.

Next grind the coconut , roasted gram dal and

onion also coarsely.

Mix all the ingredients together and make into

kebab (shallow fry ) or falafel shaped(deep fry)

Serve with mint raita.

Mint raita – few mint leaves,1 green chilli

ground with black salt to taste and lightly

mixed into beaten yoghurt.

BEETROOT TIKKIS


This is the quickest ever tikkis I have made.While the rice was in the cooker ,I placed the

beetroot and potato on the upper tray.

Next i put ,green chilli,ginger,spices,roasted gram dal,  then one grind in the mixer.

Next added the boiled beetroot, potato , and breadcrumbs . Another mix in the blender.

Added onions and that’s it .Shallow fried ..Done! Healthy ,nutrious tikkis within minutes.

Good for folks who have less time on their platter!

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big beetroot

2-3 potatoes

3 green chillies

1 inch piece ginger

1-2 tsp. pepper powder

1-2 tsp.cummin powder

1 tsp .garam masala powder

1/2 cup roasted gram dal (pottukadalai)

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 chopped onion/spring onions

1 tsp. Saunf

Mint leaves/ coriander leaves/ methi / curry ( your choice)

Juice of 1 lime or 1 tsp amchur powder

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Boil / steam beetroot and potatoes.

Blend all the spices and roasted gramdal coarsely . Add the rest of the ingredients except

onions ,saunf ,and blend to a coarse mixture.

Mix in the remaining ingredients with salt.

Bind and shape into tikkis and shallow fry .

You could shape like Kola urundai and deep fry too.

The same can be made into balls, fried and tossed in chilli sauce for a variation.

Anyway do try ,and post in your comments and suggestions, and your innovations too!

CABBAGE’N’PANEER TIKKIS


This is a quick and easy recipe.

I wanted to make something crunchy

to be served with sambhar rice,and

having in mind,to create a new

recipe,I mixed in paneer with the

cabbage to make this tasty tikkis.

So,as usual I would like to share this

simple recipe with you all.

INGREDIENTS (12 tikkis)

1/4 cabbage chopped or grated fine.

150 gm paneer/cottage cheese grated

1 cup wheat flour

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 -2 tsp chilli flakes

1 onion chopped fine

2-3 green chillies chopped fine.

1 tsp cummin powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

Few chopped curry leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and bind well .

Take portions and flatten it if you are

shallow frying.This can be deep fried too.

Variations :

1.You can add minced meat to the same recipe.

2. Add leeks /spring onions instead of onions.

3.Kofta curries,Korma,or Manchurian preparations can be tried with the fried tikkis.

CHANNA ‘N’ RAJMA KEERAI VADA KORMA


This is a new addition into the vegetarian list ,and of course a new create.I have posted a

keerai vada before ,but this is a combination of another lentil the kidney bean or rajma.

The dish is protein rich and good to serve with Iddli,Dosai,Pongal,(savoury ) or even pulaos.

This vada is first fried with the keerai in it,and dropped into the korma.You can use any type

of greens ,but this recipe was made with ponnaganni keerai.So let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Channa dal(Kadala parippu) soaked for minimum 1/2 an hour

1/4 cup rajma soaked overnight

3-4 green chillies

1 tsp.cummin powder

1 inch piece ginger

1/2 tsp.pepper powder/chilli powder

1/2 tsp.coriander powder

1/2 cup keerai

1 -2 tblsp rice flour

1 tsp.garam masala powder

Chopped red onions/small finely chopped

Salt to taste

Oil for frying(deep /shallow)

METHOD

First coarsely grind the bold listed ingredients .Then add both the lentils and coarsely grind

with minimal water,or no water.Add the keerai and the rest of the ingredients except the

onions and blend for a minute or two.Add the finely cut onions and bind into vadas and fry

in oil till golden brown.Drop into korma.

For the korma

INGREDIENTS

2 tblsp white khus khus

1/4 cup roasted gram dal/10-12 cashewnuts

1/2 cup grated coconut

3-4 green chillies

2 tsp.ginger garlic paste

1/2 cup curd

A few kasuri methi leaves

1 tsp.garam masala

1/2 tsp.saunf

Salt to taste

1 -2 tblsp oil ( remaining fried oil also can be used )*

1 onion chopped

METHOD

Grind green chillies,khus khus,coconut and the roasted gram dal/cashewnuts to a paste and

set aside.

Heat oil ,add the saunf and onions and sauté till brown.Add the ground pastes with salt,and

sauté for a minute.Add curd and then 1 cup water and allow it to only reach a boil.Add kasuri

methi leaves .Remove from fire .Drop the fried balls.and serve.

*Never reuse the oil you have once fried with.In preparation of dishes like this you can use only if you going to do immediately.Storing oil used to fry other items,even papadam fried oil is not healthy for reuse which is to be noted .

GREEN GRAM ‘N’LEEK CUTLETS


Green gram needs no introduction or explanation to health benefits,so I would like to directly 

get into this easy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1cup cooked green gram dal(moong dal)

1 leeks chopped finely/spring onions

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp garam masala powder

Salt to taste

1 egg

1 cup breadcrumbs or enough to bind .

Oil to fry.

METHOD

Mix all together in a bowl and bind .Make into shapes you like and fry (deep or shallow)in oil till golden brown.

Variations :You could use vegetables of your choice .

                     You can add 1/4 cup minced mutton or any minced seafood.

                     Grated paneer can be added as another variation

                     Grated boiled egg also can be added.

Anyway try all your innovations too and send me your comments and suggestions !

PANEER KOFTA IN SPINACH


This recipe is a healthy dish,and eyecatching dish ,which can be served with rotis or

pulaos.Summer calls for inclusion of fruits and veggies,and this one undoubtedly is the

best dish to serve for lunch or dinner.(vegan lovers)

So,now let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

For the kofta

1 packet paneer(200gm)

2-3 potatoes boiled and mashed lightly

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1 tsp.pepper powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/4 cup cashew ground coarse(optional)

1 tsp.ginger paste.

1 tblsp.flour

salt to taste

oil to fry

METHOD

Grate the paneer and mix the rest of the ingredients ,and bind well.Make koftas and deep

fry in oil till golden brown and set aside.

 

For the spinach or palak gravy.

INGREDIENTS

100-150 gm palak or spinach leaves

2 green chillies

2 dry chillies

1-2 onions chopped fine

7-8 cloves peeled garlic

1/2 tsp.grated nutmeg

1 tsp.garam masala powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 piece cinammon

1 tsp.honey

1 small tomato (for the color)

1/2 red/yellow capsicum (julienned)

1/2 tsp.red chilli powder /flakes.

juice of 1 lime.

salt to taste

2 tbsp.oil/butter

METHOD

There are two methods you could prepare the spinach puree.

1.Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 5 mins,then immedietely plunge into cold water

and drain , blend into puree and use.

2.Saute the leaves directly in oil with garlic,green chillies,cummin seeds ,blend well and use

If you have opted for the no.1. method grind the garlic,green chillies,and cummin seed

with the palak,and set aside.

Heat 2 tblsp.oil ,add the onions with the cinnamon ,and dry chillies and saute till brown.

Next add the rest of the ingredients with the puree and cook on a low flame ,till partially

thick.Add the fried balls and simmer for 2-3 minutes.You could add fresh cream if you

like while serving

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRAWN VADA


Prawn vada is an excellent snack for those who love a crunchy snack.These vada can be

served with rice and a simple curry .This has a nice taste and aroma ,if the prawns

are made with the shell on .This type of vada with an onion sambol is sold widely in

Srilankan beaches,and you see people flocking at these stalls.Today i’m going to give you

my version of prawn vada.If you are using small prawns you could top the vada with 2-3

prawns,but if it’s a big one,one would be fine.

INGREDIENTS

Prawns according to the quantity you are going to make

200 gm gram dal (kadalai parippu)

1 tblsp raw rice

1 tsp.fennel seeds

1 cup coconut

curry leaves

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tblsp red chilli flakes.

2 green chillies finely chopped(optional)

few red onions chopped fine (optional)

A  pinch of asafoetida

salt to taste.

a little flour made to a thick paste(to stick the prawn on the vadai)

METHOD

Soak the dal,and the rice for half an hour.Grind coarsely with the bold listed

ingredients,without adding water.Mix in chilli flakes,ginger paste,green chillies,and

onions.Add salt .Make into shapes of vada,apply the flour paste ,press on the prawns ,and

fry carefully on a medium flame till golden brown.

To prepare prawns

Marinade the prawns with chilli paste,and use.

 

For the onion sambol (not in the photo)

INGREDIENTS

100 gm red onions

1 tblsp.chilli flakes

1 tsp.chilli powder

2 -3 cloves garlic crushed

Juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

1-2 tsp.sugar

2 tsp oil

METHOD

Heat oil,add the finely cut onions,and the rst of the ingredients and cook till thick.Apply

on vada and serve

Variations:Prawn vada curry ,or prawn vada korma could be made,with these fried

vadas.

 

TENDER JACKFRUIT KEBAB


Jackfruit was least known for its benefits as a superfood.Earlier considered to be a poor

man’s food,because  of its high fibre content,(satiating hunger) has now regained it’s

prominence  due to research ,and is widely sold all over the world.Jackfruit was mostly

consumed and grown in Asian countries before,but now the rest of the world are trying to

grow this jack of benefits tree.

I will just give you an outline of the benefits ,as i usually do.

It is good for diabetes,in reducing cholesterol,and is a bulk laxative which eliminates

cancer causing chemicals from the colon.Diabetic ,people under medication please do

consult your doctor if you are going to consume the ripe jak fruit.

So now let me get into the introduction of my new try of jakfruit kebab.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 small tender jak fruit (remove skin and cut as in picture)

1/2 cup gram dal (channa dal/kadala parippu)

1 inch piece cinnammon

3-4 cloves

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp.cummin seeds

1 tsp.fennel seeds (perumjeeragam,saunf)

1 inch piece ginger

5-6 cloves garlic

1 tblsp.whole coriander

1/4 cup breadcrumbs(optional)

2 eggs

salt to taste

1 cup water

1 big onion chopped fine/a bunch of spring onions

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

few curry leaves

oil for frying

METHOD

First soak the cut jak fruit pieces in mild buttermilk for 10 minutes.Wash and boil with the

ingredients bold listed till dry.

Allow to cool and coarsely grind .To the grounded mixture add the rest of the ingredients.

Mix well ,and bind into kebab shapes and shallow fry,till golden brown.These kebabs could

be grilled too.Serve with mint chutney if you like.

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STEAMED VADA KORMA


This is a very famous dish in india served mainly with iddli ,or dosa.

It can be served with chappathis or any rice you prefer.

This is similar to any meat ball curry,kofta curry .The authentic recipe has fried

vadas or pakoras (pakodas)  CRUNCHY PAKODAS OR PAKORAS  in the  spicy curry,but i

wanted to steam it in the shape of vada ,and  make this korma.

So let’s get into the recipe.(with variations)

Ingredients for the vada

2 cups bengal gram dal (kadala paruppu/channa dal)

2 pips garlic with peel on.

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp peppercorns.

few curry leaves

salt to taste.

Method

Soak the dal for 20 minutes.Grind dal coarsely with the rest of the ingredients.(without

adding water.Add salt to taste and form into vadas.

Steam for 10 minutes  and set aside.

For the korma

2 onions chopped

3 tomatoes chopped fine

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste.

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

few chopped mint leaves

2 tblsp.oil/ghee

1/2 tsp.aniseeds

1/2 coconut

3-4 ladies finger/drumstick cut into 2 inch pieces (optional)

salt to taste

Method

Heat oil and add onions and saute till light brown . Add tomatoes and mint leaves and

cook till the tomatoes look very soft and pulpy.If you are using ladies finger ,put it at this

stage.

Next add the rest of the spices and the ground coconut.

Add the required amount of water .

Add the steamed  vadas and cook for 5-10 minutes on a low fire.

Garnish with coriander leaves or curry leaves

Note:When you grind coconut ,grind in the same jar with a little leftover dal.This is done

to get a thick korma.

Keerai vada(lentil & greens ).You can transform this keerai vada recipe ,to this korma

recipe.Send me your comments and ideas.

Variation of lamb mince vada korma:After grinding dal you could add 150 gms mince to

the ground dal and steam.

For non vegetarian korma add 10-12 cashewnuts or almonds ground with the coconut.

This a basic korma recipe .You can innovate your ideas for the koftas .