Lentil/Dal Appams

Khara appam 3

Hi friends! In all, five assorted husked dals / lentils are used for making these appams.  On fermenting this batter provides very soft appams. Makes a very nutritious and delicious breakfast or healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal /chanadal
  • 1/4 Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup Raw rice or rice flour
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 2-3 Green chili
  • 4 tbsp curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp level salt / or as per taste salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (use a minimum quantity ), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), and salt in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the moulds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook till golden on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mold.

Step 6.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Health benefits of Lentils / Dals :

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Chana Dal Vada

Vada chana Dal 2

Hi friends!Channa dal vada is a very popular snack of South India, served with a cup of hot tea. Here is a very easy recipe which can be prepared easily.

Preparation time: 30 Minutes

Cooking time : 15 Minutes

Level: Easy

Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chana Dal / Bengal gram Dal
  • 2 Green Chilies finely chopped
  • 2 large size Onions finely chopped
  • 1 ” Ginger piece grated
  • 6-8 Curry Leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • Oil for deep frying

• 2/3 tsp Salt / or Salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Soak Chana dal overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.

Step 2.

Grind the dal coarsely, without or very adding little water. Make sure it doesn’t become smooth paste. Remove from the grinder into a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Finely chop green chilies, chopped onions, grated ginger, chopped curry leaves, cumin seed and salt to the ground dal. Mix well, keep aside.

Step 4.

Take about two table spoon of ground dal, make small balls with the dal mix on the left palm. Pat it flat with the right hand , not too thick or not too thin.

Step 5.

Take oil for deep frying in a kadhi / pan, heat the oil.

Step 6.

Gently slide the flattened dal mix into the hot oil. Deep fry the vadas on a medium flame till golden. Drain the vadas on paper kitchen towel. Serve hot with coconut chutney / coriander chutney.

Note: It is better to fry vadas on a medium flame, so that vadas get cooked well and there is no uncooked core.

 Health Benefits of Chana Dal:

  • Chana dal is high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.
  • It also has a very low hypoglycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.
  • Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
  • It is low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.
  • Chana dal is extremely delicious in taste, full of nutritious and can be digested easily.

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

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