Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lentil Steamed Fries

Lentil steamed Fries are great for kids, as appetizers or a side dish. These delicious fries make great healthier replacement for regular French fries. These fries are not deep fried and you can freeze them up to 15 days in a zipper bag.
I make this recipe inspired by Rajasthani kalmi bade. Actually Kalmi bade are double deep fried, but I did not fried them at all. I steamed them and Stir fry in 2-3 tablespoons of oil until golden brown and the fries came out of world in taste.

  • 3/4 cup Chana Dal (Split Bengal gram)
  • 2-3 Green Chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Ginger
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 tablespoon grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped capsicum 
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin seed) powder
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon oil(hot) for moyan 
  • 2 teaspoon besan or jwar flour
  • pinch of asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil for frying

1) Wash the chana dal and soak in water for 4-5 hours.
2) Then strain the water from soaked chana dal and grind it with ginger, garlic and green chili to a paste.
3) Now add chopped cabbage, cilantro, carrot, onion, capsicum, lemon juice, jeera powder, salt, baking soda, asafetida, jwar flour or besan and oil for moyan to dal mixture. Mix well.
4) Make half inch thick square Patties from the mixture. Put all patties in a greased steamer pot
and steam them 15-20 minutes.
5) After steaming take out patties and allow them to cool down.
6) After that cools off, cut them into 1/4" thick long pieces(like French fries) and Stir fry them with 2-3 tablespoon of oil and curry leaves till golden brown  and slightly crisp. OR you can deep fry them as per your choice.
7) Serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney and enjoy.

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