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.
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.
Diwali / Deepavali is one of the most important festivals of India, which is commonly celebrated by most of the Indians. Diwali or Deepavali means festival of lights, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness. Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali is celebrated in different ways all over India. In TamilNadu, Diwali is known as Deepavali – means lamp lights, it signifies the death of Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna. Narakasura a demon, tortured people and then Lord Krishna defeated him. Then people celebrate the Narakasura’s defeat by taking oil bath, wearing clothes, preparing variety of sweets, wearing new dress, bursting crackers and then visiting temples. They also exchange sweets with neighbors and friends.
Diwali Sweets and Snacks
Usually I am fond of Deepavali right from the childhood as my name “DEEPA” relates with the Festival, moreover we get three to four new dress, the first one is a traditional dress may be a silk saree or silk pavadai (long skirt) for women and silk dhoti for men, the second one is a compulsory party wear and then the others may be of what is new in store or what is hot in trend. My mom and grand ma prepares sweets and savories for almost a week time. On the deepavali night we start bursting crackers, with care and safe. Not miss this but nowadays this had become the most essential – Television Programs with lots of live shows, recently released movies and so on. Also there will at least 4 to 5 new movies of top stars getting released and we use go for the movies on the next day.
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As a food blogger now, let me share few of the Diwali sweets and savories with you and also stay tuned for few more upcoming recipes…
Milk Poli / Paal Poli
Beetroot Halwa / Beet Halwa
Bottlegourd / Surakkai / Lauki Halwa
Rava Laddu/Semolina Laddu/Sooji Laddu
Sweet Diamond cuts with wheat flour
Oats Dryfruit Burfi (Sugar Free)
Badam (Almond) Halwa
Mung Bean Laddu / Paasipayaru Laddu
Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits
Corn Flour Halwa / Bombay Halwa / Karachi Halwa
Karupatti Mittai / PalmJaggery Candy
Thaen Mittai / Honey Candy
Sweet Somas recipe / somas recipe / Karanji Recipe
Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe
Instant Bread Jamun recipe / How to make Gulab jamun with Bread / Gulab Jamun recipe
Coconut Milk Murukku Recipe / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe / Murukku Recipe – Diwali recipe
Ribbon pakkoda / Nada Thenkuzhal
Rava Murukku / Semolina Chakli
Savory Diamond cuts with Maida
Ulunda vadai / Fritters
Mullu murukku / how to make mullu murukku at home / Easy Murkku recipe for Diwali
Paruppu vadai / Masala Vadai / Lentil Fritters
Aval Mixture / Flattened rice Mixture
Butter Murkku recipe / Benne Chakli / How to make vennai murukku / Easy Murkku recipe
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