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

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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Ingredients:

  • 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 –

Preparation:

  • 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.

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Sheera is a Marathi word for Halwa. Sheera is a must to have dish during festivals in North India. It is a rich dessert that is prepared by cooking sooji and banana along with toasted nuts and ghee / clarified butter. Banana sheera can be prepared by using both milk or water.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

I have infused coconut palm sugar instead of sugar, which gives more flavor and being a best natural sweetener. I have used Coconut Palm Sugar (mingles with A Quartet of Brown spices) from sprig, CLICK HERE for the product. Coconut Palm Sugar from sprig gives good flavor with beautiful color to the dish and delicious taste.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

Also, I have infused more banana for the perfect halwa texture and taste of banana. You can use variant of banana, but use only the ripen once. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Banana – 3 nos
  • Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup (1 cup=160 ml)
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coconut palm sugar – ½ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 5 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 10 nos
  • Saffron – few strands

Preparation:

  • Thinly slice cashew nuts and almonds/badam, keep it aside.
  • Peel the banana’s and mash them well as no lumps are left.
  • Heat ½ tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add rava/semolina and toast it until it turns turn golden brown in color.
  • Transfer it to plate, spread it well and let it rest until it reaches room temperature.
  • Pour 1 ½ tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add thinly sliced cashew nuts and almonds, roast it until it turns golden brown in color.
  • Pour 3 cups of water in a kadai/long bottomed vessel, wait until it boils.
  • Once it starts boiling, add the roasted rava/sooji little by little and stir it well, make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Wait until gets cooked well, add the mashed banana mix it well.
  • Pour a tbsp of ghee/clairifed butter, mix it well.
  • Cook in low flame for almost 10 mins, pour in the leftover ghee/clarified butter along with the roasted nuts.
  • Mix it well and stir it, until it reaches rolling consistency and remove it from fire, once the ghee/clarified butter starts oozing out.
  • Sprinkle saffron strands, give a mix and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot.

Instant Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe / How to make Gulab Jamun with Bread / Gulab Jamun Recipe

Instant Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe / How to make Gulab Jamun with Bread / Gulab Jamun Recipe

Gulab Jamun and Rasgulla being my all-time favorite sweet right from childhood, recently when I came across this Bread Gulab Jamun from my friend, wanted to try it immediately. Luckily had 7 to 8 bread slices leftover from our breakfast, so tried out immediately.

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Instant Bread Jamun recipe / How to make Gulab jamun with Bread / Gulab Jamun recipe

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Bread Gulab Jamun is an easy, simple and instant sweet recipe that can be prepared easily and perfect by beginners. I have also shared out a video recipe for Instant Bread Gulab Jamun in my you tube, refer video for perfect texture. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Instant Bread Gulab Jamun / Bread Gulab Jamun Video –

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices – 7 nos
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Water for sugar syrup – ¾ cup
  • Rose white essence – 2 drops
  • Milk powder – 4 tbsp
  • Milk – 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Full cream – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee / Oil – 1 cup (for frying)

Preparation:

  • Cut the corners of the bread, chop them into medium pieces, grind them to coarse powder.
  • Add milk powder, full cream, crumble it well.
  • Sprinkle milk little by little, and knead it gently and roll it to a dough.
  • Divide the dough into small portions, roll it to small balls and keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile add sugar, pour water in a heavy bottomed vessel, cook in medium flame until it reaches slight syrup consistency.
  • Crush the cardamom, add it to the sugar syrup along with the lemon juice (to avoid the syrup from crystallizing).
  • Heat oil / ghee in a vessel, gently drop the rolled-out bread balls and deep fry it in medium flame until it turns golden brown.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Transfer it to the sugar syrup, once its ready, let it rest for 3 hours.

Serve it. You can serve it along with ice cream.