Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dahi Bhalla/Bhalle (White Lentil dumplings in yogurt sauce – not deep fried)

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Which do you think is the challenging meal of the day? I think it is snacks that too when you have to make a different snack every day for hungry kids back from school and at the same time not to indulge on sinful ones. In my quest to make not so sinful snacks, I modify some of the recipes and try to make it little guilt free and this is one such one. If you are familiar with Indian cuisine, this bhalla/bhalle is a slightly jazzed up version of the South Indian Thayir vadai. If you are not familiar with Indian cuisine Soaked and ground white lentil dumplings are deep fried and soaked in yogurt pepped up with red chili powder, tangy and sweet chutneys. Even though I seriously don’t have anything against fried snacks, I normally stay away from fried food because I either use coconut oil or organic clarified butter(for sweets) for deep frying. These are slightly calorie dense and are also pretty expensive, so I try to find alternate methods like pan frying or baking. I used the Aebleskiver pan/ appam pam/ appe pan the magic utensil I love the most to pan fry this instead of deep frying. Very easy to put together if you have the basic ingredients in hand and serves as a quick snack or even as a gluten free party appetizer. If you haven’t tried this out before do try it and let me know how you liked it.

Preparation Time – 20 to 30 Minutes

Cooking Time – 20 to 30 Minutes

Serves – Makes around 24

Ingredients

Urad Dal – 1 Cups

Salt – 1 Tsp or to taste

Raisins – 48

Cashews – 24(Toasted and split into half)

Oil – 2 Tbsp

Water – 3 to 4 Cups

For the yogurt sauce

Yogurt – Around 3 to 4 Cups

Black salt  - 1/2 Tsp or to taste

Mint chutney  - 2 Tbsp or to taste

Sweet date and tamarind chutney – 2 Tbsp or to taste

Kashmiri chili powder – 2 Tsp or to taste

Roasted cumin powder - 2 teaspoons

Chat masala powder – 1/2 Tsp

Fresh coriander leaves,chopped - 2 tablespoons

Ginger,cut into thin strips 1 inch piece – 1 Tbsp

Method

1) Rinse and drain urad dal and soak it in water just covering an inch over  the surface for 2-3 hours. Now drain the water and reserve the excess water. Add little by little of the reserved water and grind into a smooth paste adding salt and keep it aside.

2) Heat the appam pan and once it is hot add few drops of oil in each of the groove and pour batter till 3/4 of the groove and insert two raisins and  the half piece cashew and cover and cook on one side.

3) Now flip and cook the other side. Take this out of the pan and repeat the steps for the rest of the batter. Once all the vadas/appam/bhallas what ever you call is done. Heat another wide mouthed pan and boil the water. Once the water comes to rolling boil. Put the bhallas in hot water and leave it for 2 minutes.

4) Remove the bhallas and set it aside to cool as they will be little hot to touch. Once they are cool enough to handle, squeeze out the excess water and set the bhallas aside.

5) Now add the salt, chat masala to the yogurt and whisk it without any lumps. Place the bhallas in individual serving bowls or in a place and pour the yogurt mixture over it. Top it with red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, ginger pieces, chopped cilantro and the sweet & spicy chutney and serve.

Note – You can also substitute half of the urad dal with mung dal as mung is a superior lentil than urad as far as nutrition is concerned.

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32 comments:

Gracey said...

Oh my, this looks really hard, but good!

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

My favorite chaat item...Almost always have only this when eating chaats...
Nice recipe.

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Srimathi said...

Oh God! can you believe this, I just posted the baked version that I have been working on. But I made the south indian version. Your dhai vadai in appam pan will be awesome.

Reva said...

I love this... my absolute favourite..:)) Yummy..
Reva

Lavanya said...

Nice recipe. looks great
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Prathibha said...

my most fav chaat in this summer..looks perfect

jeyashrisuresh said...

Loved these low fat dahi ballas. nicely done

Prathima Rao said...

Looks so good that i just want to grab that bowl off the screen!!!
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Priya said...

Totally agree with u, even i break my head to make some guilt free snacks, dahi lentil dumplings looks super yummy Sadhana.

radha said...

This is the second non-deep fried dahi vada recipe. Love the chutney dribbled over the vadas.

Shobha said...

Nice oil free bhallas.. I usually do it in the sandwich toaster.

Hema said...

Very tempting, and I agree, the evening snack is the tough one..

Ramya said...

i too use paniyaram pans these days instead of deep frying..nice and healthy snack idea

Archana said...

These are our favourites. I do not make them as I avoid frying this is a great way to make them .Thanks.

purevegetarianbites said...

mouth watering! i love your pictures….. gonna try ur version soon

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Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious , it is double healthy as it is not deep fried. I will try your version.

Julie said...

Superb tempting pics dear,loved it!!
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notyet100 said...

Platter looks so inviting,,,,:)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

This looks very tempting...

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

how smart! cant wait to try out this healthier alternative

Daksha said...

I love Dahi wadas,looks tempting and healthy too.....

faseela said...

wow...yummy n tempting....

hemalata said...

Very yummy n tempting dish.

Miriam said...

It looks absolutely amazing!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Jay said...

sounds interesting ..wonderful presentation ..;)
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Spice up the Curry said...

dahi bhalle looks awesome. super delicious recipe

Vidhya said...

Love this guilt free snack which is perfect for coming hot days.

Uma@Trendy Relish said...

lovely dish. looks so delicious.

Sowmya said...

Wow....that is a very innovative and healthy approach to the lip-smacking dahi bhalla! Awesome :)

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Divya Pramil said...

Lovely pics and delicious snack too!! Happy to be your follower :)
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Turmeric n Spice said...

Love your version !! Looks perfect

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran said...

Fabulous. Love these type of chaat items.

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