Kadala Thel Dala | Stir fried Chickpeas

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The second dish for the Sri Lankan cuisine theme is a popular snack called Kadala Thel Dala which is quite similar to the sundal prepared in Tamil cuisine. One main difference is the addition of onion to this dish which is not usually added to sundal but which makes this a simple yet delicious bowl of snack.

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Serves 2

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

1 cup boiled chickpeas
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp vegetable oil

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin.
  • Once the mustard seeds pop, add the curry leaves and onion and fry for 3-4 minutes or till the onion turns golden brown
  • Add the chickpeas, salt and chilly powder
  • Fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

NOTES

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in sufficient water and pressure cook for 3 whistles and then use in this recipe
  2. The onion will cook faster if sliced very thinly

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This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Sri Lankan Cuisine’.

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Roasted Chana Dal

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Today is the final day of lentil and bean based protein dishes for this mega marathon. I have recipes for 8 different lentils and beans and varied dishes like a soup, breakfast and main course. Today’s recipe is a simple and quick snack – roasted chana dal / bengal gram. You can have it as is or mix it with some puffed rice and chutneys and eat it like a bhel puri. I have a super quick bhel puri recipe that you can check out. If you do not have the chutneys you can still fix yourself a ‘sookha bhel’ (dry bhel).

I don’t use chana dal very often. Its use is mostly restricted to being part of all mixed rice varieties I make or in the ‘dosa chilly podi’. So in my effort to use it more, I picked this crunchy recipe for this marathon.

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The seasoning for this roasted chana dal can be anything of your choice depending on your palate. I had some ‘desi tadka’ spice mix that I needed to use up and so I used that. You can use red chilly powder, chaat masala, etc.

Protein – Bengal gram / chana dal

Recipe adapted from here

Makes 1 cup

WHAT WE NEED

Bengal gram                                  1 cup

Oil                                                    2 tsp

Spice powder mix                        1 tsp

Salt

Water

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the chana dal in water for an hour
  • Drain it and place it in a vessel with enough water to fully cover the chana dal
  • Heat the vessel and bring to boil
  • Simmer for a minute and turn off the gas
  • The chana dal should be cooked but retain its bite and not become mushy
  • Spread it on an absorbent towel for around 15 minutes to dry
  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Line a baking tray with 2 layers of aluminium foil
  • Toss the chana dal with the oil, spice mix and salt in a bowl
  • Place the chana dal on the baking tray in a single layer
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes
  • Remove the tray every 10-12 minutes and give it a shake
  • The chana dal will be crisp and will become crisper on cooling
  • Allow it to cool and store in an airtight container
  • Enjoy!

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This is my post for the Mega Marathon under the theme, ‘Protein Dishes’.

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Sweet Potato Bread

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Sweet potato bread has been on my to-do list for over a year now. We got amazing sweet potatoes in abundance in Malaysia which made me try and include it more in our diet. I tried quite a few recipes with it and the daughter was too pleased with most results. But somehow I missed making the bread even though I read a lot about it. We used to get a different variety of sweet potatoes in Malaysia which was dark pink outside and a pretty orange colour inside which is different from a much lighter shade of those we get here in Bangalore.

So finally I ticked off this item and made the sweet potato bread and can now understand why so many people rave so much about it. It is definitely a must try and since it is sweet potato, it is a total guilt free indulgence not to mention its popularity with kids. Don’t know why I waited this long. So here goes –

Recipe from here

Makes one 7″ loaf

WHAT WE NEED

Sweet potato purée                   1/2 cup

Canola / sunflower oil              1/4 cup

Light brown sugar                      1/4 cup

Water                                              3 tbsp

Egg                                                   1

Vanilla essence                             1/2 tsp

All purpose flour                          1 cup plus 2 tbsp

Granulated sugar                          6 tbsp

Baking powder                               1 tsp

Salt                                                     1/4 tsp

Walnuts, chopped                         15-18

Ground cinnamon                         1/2 tsp
WHAT TO DO                           

  • To make sweet potato purée, steam a medium sized sweet potato for 15 minutes till it is of mashable consistency. Peel it and mash with a fork and mix it with 1 tbsp water in a blender for a smooth purée.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • In a large bowl, mix together the purée, oil, light brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla
  • In another bowl mix the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt
  • Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients
  • Coat the walnuts with a little flour and stir it into the mixture
  • Grease the loaf pan and line it with parchment paper
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or till the tester comes out clean
  • Take it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes
  • Unmould it and let it cool completely on a wire rack
  • Enjoy!

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This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016