Urad Dal Pinni

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Urad Dal Pinnies

Different names of Urad Dal
 Black Gram- English
Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal -Hindi
Ulundu Paruppu – Tamil
Minappappu – Telugu
Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam

Hi Friends! Urad Dal Pinnies are winter treats. Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean from Indian dals and mostly used in Southern part of Asia. Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Cuisine: India, North Indian

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  45 minutes

Makes: 20 pinnies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea cup Urad dal / black gram husked
  • 50 gms. Semolina
  • 1 1/4 tea cup Sugar
  • 200 gms Khoa/Mawa
  • 1 Tea cup clarified butter/Ghee
  • 6 Cardamom s, powder ed
  • 2 tbsp Tragacanth gum or Gond katira
  • 15 Cashew nuts, slivered
  • 15 Almonds , slivered

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the Urad dal / black gram husked well. Soak the dal /lentil in water over night or at least 3-4 hours.

Step 2.         

 In a blender take the soaked dal ,with very little water grind it into a fine paste. Remove the ground dal to a bowl.

Step 3.

In a bowl cut the cashews, almonds into tiny pieces. Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat some clarified butter /ghee, add semolina and fry it for a minute. Add ground urad dal to the pan and fry the mixture, stirring constantly on medium flame until it gets golden brown in color, clarified butter /ghee starts separating from it. Remove the fried Dal mix in a bowl.

Step 5.

using a grater , grate the khoya / mawa.  Take a pan and on medium flame, stirring constantly cook it till it gets light golden brown in color. Remove into a bowl and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a pan heat two table spoons clarified butter/ ghee and when the ghee is hot, add the Tragacanth gum or Gond katira into it and fry on low flame stirring constantly. Fry until Tragacanth gum or Gond katira, puffs up and gets little brown in color. Take out the fried Tragacanth gum or Gond katira in a bowl. Allow it to cool to room temperature and powder it coarsely in a mortar. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Now fry the cut cashew and almonds in rest of the ghee until they get little golden brown in color. Allow it to cool and keep aside.

Step 8.

In a pan take sugar and add 2/3 cup of water , cook sugar will dissolve. Cook  the syrup to a thick consistency for 3-4 minutes. To check if syrup is ready, take a drop of syrup in a bowl, take it between your thumb and finger and stretch apart. It should 1 long thread and is thick in texture. The syrup is ready. Switch off the stove, sugar syrup is ready.

 Step 9.

 When the syrup is slightly cool, add fried dal , roasted cashews, almonds and Tragacanth gum or Gond katira podered and then fried khoa/ mawa, powdered cardamom and mix all the ingredients well.

 Step 10.

When he mixture cools down a little, or when it can be handle with hands, for making pinnies . Take a small portion of the mixture, and roll into round shape one by one and  start placing  the pinnies on a tray prepare pinnies from rest of the mixture. Now press these ladoos in a rectangular or any other desired shape. Garnish each pinnie with slivered almonds .Serve this delicious urad dal pinni this winter after dinner!

Note:

Cool and store pinnies in an airtight container for up to a month.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

1.Energy Booster
Black gram is a healthy pulse as it is rich in iron content. This helps boost the energy levels in the body and keeps you active.
 2.Protein rich
 Urad Dal is good source of protein in vegetarian diet. This makes these beans an inexpensive, economical and tasty protein source. 3.Anti inflammatory properties
 Urad dal  has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain.
4.Anti-Aging
 Urad dal also has various beauty benefits. Applying urad dal face packs is good for the skin as it prevents the formation of fine lines. Moreover, black gram also helps get a fair and flawless skin.
5.Improves Digestion
 The best benefit of ingesting urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. Urad dal benefits the health as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for digestion and also prevents constipation.
6.Boosts Heart Health
Aside from reducing cholesterol, black lentils also boost health. This advantage is linked to the rich magnesium and folate levels that prevent damage to the arterial walls. In addition, magnesium boosts cardiovascular health through increasing blood circulation.

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  • 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.
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Urad Dal/Husked Black Gram Vada

Husked Black Gram lentil-Hindi Name: Dhuli Urad:

Husked Black gram is popularly sold as white lentil in the market. It is obtained by removing the skin of black gram. They are small black and narrow lentils somewhat cylindrical in shape. Since it is made from black gram it is only cultivated in India and is commonly used in Indian cooking. Also called as urad, it is also very popular in Punjabi cuisine of India.

Hi friends!Urad dal Vada is a popular breakfast or snack dish in south India. The delicious vadas are served with sambar and coconut chutney.

Soaking the dal :  45-50 minutes

Cook time: 45 mins

Recipe type: breakfast, snacks

Cuisine: south Indian/ North Indian

Gives: 8-10 vadas

Ingredients :

  • 1 cups urad dal/ husked black gram (soaked for 45 minutes)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup water if needed to make the batter

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the urad dal for at least 4o -50 minutes .(can soak dal overnight also). Drain and grind the urad dal to a smooth batter.

Step 2.

In the grinder jar, some water needs to be added. Try and add very little water. The batter should become fluffy, thick.

Step 3.

Add salt, cumin seed. Mix well.

Step 4.

Heat oil for frying the vadas. Take a empty bowl cover it with a hanky size muslin cloth. Gather and hold the cloth tightly under the bowl such as the cloth is stretched tightly on the bowl. Keep a small bowl of water next to you. Apply some water from the bowl the stretched cloth as well as your hand.

Step 5.

Since you are holding the stretched cloth bowl in your left hand, take some batter in your right hand from the bowl put it on the stretched cloth and pat the batter gently to give it a round shape, making a hole in the center with your index finger ( with the hole in the center, vadas will be cooked well from inside and not leave a wet core! you can also use polythene zip lock bags to give the vada shape).

Step 6.

Gently slid the vada in to the oil. The oil should be not very hot, frying is done on medium flame.(very hot oil will quickly make the vadas brown from outside but they will remain uncooked from inside. )

Step 7.

Fry all the vadas this way till they are fried evenly brown and crisp. Drain vadas on paper kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

Step 8.

Serve the vadas, hot with coconut chutney/ sambar.

Note: A tip to add a few drops of batter in a bowl of water. The batter drop should float, if they float and do not get dissolved, then that’s the right consistency. If the batter becomes watery, then quick control measure will be to add some semolina to the batter.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal/ Black gram lentil:

  • It is highly valued due to its numerous health benefits. For example, Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. If you are looking for a protein-friendly diet, then opt for urad dal.
  • This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B. Urad dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.
  • For those who do not eat meat or fish, have black gram as it is rich in protein which is much required by the body. For strong bones and a healthy body, have urad dal.
  • Urad dal is also rich in fibre which makes it easy to digest.
  • Some types of dals are good for the heart as well. For example, urad dal benefits the health as it is good for the heart. Consuming urad dal helps to reduce cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health.

Ref.http://www.ipga.co.in/health-benefits-of-urad-daal

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.