Sunday 2 November 2014

Non Fried Bengal Gram dal dumplings in spinach gravy

Chana dal Dumplings in Spinach Gravy

For Dumplings/kofta:

  • 1 bowl bengal gram/ chana dal soaked for minimum 4 hours.
  • 2 tbsp green chilly and ginger paste.
  • 1 tsp coriander powder.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 tsp garam masala.
  • Salt as per taste.
  • Water.
  • 1/2 tbsp oil.

For Spinach Gravy:

  • 2 chopped onions.
  • 3 tomatoes pureed.
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste.
  • 1/2 cup khoya/ mava.
  • 1 tsp coriander powder.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 8-10 black peppercorns.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon.
  • 1 black cardamom.
  • 2 bowls spinach puree.
  • 1/4 cup fresh cream.
  • 3 tbsp oil.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • Salt to taste

Kitchen Equipments required:

  • Appe Pan.
  • Food Processor /Blender.

For Dumplings:

  • Grind gram daal with ginger, green chilly paste, adding all the spices with little water into a thick batter.

  • Whisk the batter till light and fluffy.
  • Heat appe pan with one drop oil in each indent.
  • Lightly grease palms of your hands and make small balls of batter, drop one in each indent.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes and turn to other side adding a drop of oil again.
  • Take out when cooked from both sides.

For Spinach Gravy:

  • Heat oil in a wok, in the hot oil drop cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, bay leaves and crushed black cardamom.
  • After the whole spices release their aroma add ginger garlic paste and fry till the colour changes.
  • Add chopped onions and cook till translucent.
  • Add pureed tomatoes and cook till the oil leaves sides stirring occasionally and put all the dry spices.

  • Add crumbled khoya, keep mixing continuously till the khoya melts.

  • Next add pureed spinach and water and cook on medium flame for 10-15 mins or till you get desired consistency.

  • Add fresh cream, mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Drop dumplings just before serving.

If you want to have a low calorie meal skip the khoya and cream part and enjoy the light and healthy version.

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