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