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Nei Kadalai recipe / Roasted Channa Dal / How to make nei kadalai


Nei Kadalai is a crunchy and spicy snack popular among south Indians, this can be prepared in bulks and stored in an air-tight container once it reaches room temperature. It stays fresh for a week time. Not only as a snack, this goes out well with a cup of coffee or tea and also a perfect side dish for curd rice and lemon rice.

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Nei Kadalai / How to make Nei kadalai / Roasted Channa dal – Indian snack

Nei Kadalai is prepared by soaking split chick pea or kadalai paruppu in water for few hrs, later deep fried in oil and mixed with spice powders. You can adjust the level of spice powder as per your taste. Let me share the recipe…

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  • Split Chick peas / Kadala Paruppu / Channa dal – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Oil – 2 cups (for deep frying)

Making of Nei Kadalai recipe –


  • Soak channa dal / kadala paruppu / split chick pea in a bowl of water, for almost 6 hrs.
  • Drain the water completely, pat it well with a cloth, spread it over a cloth and let it dry for 30 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add in a spoonful of channa dal / kadala paruppu to it, fry them until the turn golden brown or ooze sound goes off.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire. Let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Meanwhile deep fry the curry leaves in the oil, drain the oil, remove it from fire.
  • Add it to the roasted channa dal, wait until it reaches room temperature (else if the masala powders are added, it would become soggy)
  • Sprinkle chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafetida, salt and Mix it well, only when it reaches room temperature.
  • Store it in an air-tight container, it stays fresh for a week.

Note: Fry the soaked channa dal, once when the whole water is drained, else it would splatter when it’s getting fried in oil. Cook in medium flame, otherwise it would get burnt easily.

Chicken 65 / Chicken 65 with Homemade Masala


Chicken 65 being one of the most common food among Indians, that can be prepared in minutes but only the masala matters here. Chicken 65 is can be consumed any time may be as a starter, side dish or a tea time snack. Also, chicken 65 goes out well with variety rice, meals may be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian and also with parotta salna for dinner, I to have this combo which is deadly – Parotta, Salna and Chicken 65 served with thinly sliced onions.

Usually most of use store bought masalas, which has food color and preservative, this resulted me in preparing the masala at homemade with one more benefit as it has no ginger-garlic, you can also flavor them with vegetables or paneer.

I have already shared Chicken 65 Masala recipe, which has no ginger-garlic, no added color and no preservative. Hence this masala can be used in times of vrat to fry vegetables like plantain, gobi as gobi 65, paneer as paneer 65.

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Chicken 65 / Chicken 65 with Homemade masala / How to make chicken 65 at home

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If you prefer you could add food color and ginger-garlic paste and marinate the ingredient before you deep fry them. Let me share the Chicken 65 recipe…

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Chicken 65 / Chicken 65 with Homemade masala / How to make chicken 65 at home


  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Homemade Chicken 65 Masala – 3 ½ tbsp
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 4 sprigs
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Making of Chicken 65 using Home-made masala –


  • Clean and roughly the chop the chicken to medium pieces.
  • Separate the curry leaves from the sprig.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl, add the home-made chicken 65 masala, curry leaves, curd / yogurt, gin-garlic paste, lemon juice and required amount of salt.
  • Mix well using your hands, so that the masala blends well with the chicken.
  • Let it marinate for an hour.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, gently drop in the chicken pieces and fry them on both sides.
  • Once the chicken is fried, drain the oil and remove the chicken pieces to a plate.
  • Serve hot with thinly sliced onions and lemon wedges.

Note: Make sure that the oil should be medium hot, so that the chicken remains juicy even after it’s fried. Once the oil is hot, chicken would be burnt and won’t be cooked inside. Adjust the level salt, as the masala itself has salt in it.


Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda


Pakoda is a deep fried snack which is most popular street food all over Tamil Nadu. My hubby loves pakoda to the core, when we were abroad we use to get pakoda from VelayudhaNadar Shop, sivakasi and would hold it almost for 2 to 3 weeks. Not only in while abroad but also whenever we go to our hometown, we never miss to get this pakoda. Not only my hubby even my dad, grandpa and the whole family till my son loves to have Milk rice and pakoda for dinner. I would say that this one of the staple dinner among all sivakasi and virudhunagar people.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Thought of trying it the pakoda with bittergourd and something different than the usual recipe, besan/gram flour is used in pakoda and I have substituted corn meal/maize flour instead of besan/gram flour.

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Bittergourd pakoda was slightly bitter in taste, but as it was crispy and crunchy my kids (9 year and 5 year) loved it to the core. This can be served in various forms as tea-time snack, side dish for lunch, side dish for dinner along with rice. I would say try this combination – Steamed rice (mashing consistency), boiled milk with a tsp of sugar (optional) and this pakoda would taste heavenly for dinner. Give a try…

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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda


  • Bitter gourd – 2 nos
  • Onions – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 strands
  • Corn meal / Maize flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Perungayam / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and thinly slice the bitter gourd to pieces. Thinly slice the onions (lengthwise), keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add corn meal, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and sprinkle ¼ cup of water, mix it well.
  • Add the sliced bitter gourd and mix it well, so that the flour should get coated well bittergourd.
  • Let it rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, now add the thinly sliced onions and curry leaves to the bittergourd and mix it well.
  • Once the oil is hot, take a small portion of the bittergourd mixture and add it to the oil, swap and fry on the both sides until they turn brown in color or crispy.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Continue the same process with all the bittergourd.

Serve hot.

Note: Bring it room temperature and store it in an air-tight container, stays fresh for almost a week.