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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.

Sweet and sour Brinjal Pickle recipe / Kathirikai Urugai Recipe / Eggplant Pickle Recipe – Pickle recipe

Sweet and sour Brinjal Pickle recipe / Kathirikai Urugai Recipe / Eggplant Pickle Recipe – Pickle recipe

Usually pickles come with little spicy and tangy flavor, and goes out well with curd rice or any rice and sometimes with idli also. But this Brinjal pickle is completely different, as it has sweet, tangy and spicy flavor in it. Also, this pickle goes out well with any variety rice, briyani, chapathi, tortillas and so on. This sweet and sour brinjal pickle can be prepared in bulks and as it stays fresh for more than 5 months in room temperature. But store in an air tight container, use dry spoon to remove pickle.

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Sweet and Sour Brinjal Pickle recipe / Eggplant Pickle recipe / Kathirikai Urugai Recipe

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Sweet and sour Brinjal pickle or Kathirikai Urugai is easy and simple to prepare with very ingredients, which has tangy, sweet and spicy taste in it. This pickle is a multipurpose, as it can be served with chapathi and rice. Also, the main advantage in this urugai is, because of its unique taste, this would be like by everyone right from the kids till the elder people. Let me share the recipe…

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Sweet and Sour Brinjal Pickle recipe / Eggplant Pickle recipe / Kathirikai Urugai Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Brinjal / Kathirikai / Eggplant – ½ kg
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Dry Red chillies – 7 nos (byadgi or Kashmiri – 3 nos and regular ones – 4 nos)
  • Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – ¾ tsp
  • Mustard seeds / Kadugu – ¾ tsp
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Fenugreek / Vendayam / Methi seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • White vinegar – 1 cup
  • Sugar – ¼ cup
  • Sesame oil (gingelly) / Any cooking oil – 1 ½ cup
  • Salt – 2 tbsp + ¼ tsp

Preparation:

  • Wash the brinjals/eggplant, wipe it with a dry cloth, slice them into thin pieces.
  • Take the sliced brinjals in a large plate, sprinkle 2 tbsp of salt, mix it well and let it rest for 30 mins.
  • Dry roast red chillies for 2 mins and make sure not to burn it. Remove it from fire and transfer it to a plate
  • Dry roast cumin seeds, fenugreek, garlic and mustard all together for few mins or until they turn the color.
  • Remove it from fire and transfer it to a plate.
  • Take all the roasted ingredients in a mixer jar, add 2 to 4 tbsp of vinegar little by little and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, roast the brinjal or kathirikai, until it turns golden brown.  Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Heat the leftover oil along with the roasted oil, add ginger-garlic paste, cook for few mins or until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add curry leaves and pour in the ground spice paste, followed by turmeric powder and pour the leftover vinegar.
  • Cook for few mins or until the raw smell goes off and the oil starts floating on the top.
  • Add sugar and cook until it dissolves.
  • Add the roasted brinjal, cook for few mins or until the brinjal becomes soft.
  • Remove it from fire, let it rest for 30 mins or until it comes to room temperature.
  • Transfer it to a bowl or bottle, make sure to cover it only when it room temperature.

Serve at room temperature.

Note: Stays for more than 5 months, when stored in room temperature. Use only dry spoon to remove pickle from the jar, cover the lid only when it room temperature, keep away from water else the pickle will be spoilt.

Masala Prawns

Masala Prawns

Masala Prawns is a dry dish, where the prawns get coated in masala. The masala used here is with the fresh ingredients, which I dry roasted and grounded to a coarse powder. The freshness, color, aroma and flavor of the dish would finger licking. Not only elder people even kids would like to have this dish. Let us move on to the recipe…

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Prawn Masala

Prawn Masala

Ingredients:

  • Prawns – ½ kg
  • Ginger – 1″ inch stick
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium sized)
  • For masala:
    • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
    • Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp
    • Red chilies – 4 nos
    • Black pepper – 1 tsp
    • Fennel seeds – 1 ½ tsp
    • Cinnamon – 1” inch stick (1 no)
    • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
    • Cloves – 5 nos
    • Star anise – 1 no
    • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp

Preparation:

  • Clean the prawns and keep it aside.
  • Peel, chop the onions and crush it or grind it coarsely and keep it aside.
  • Peel and crush ginger and garlic, keep it aside.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients given under for masala (cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chilies, black pepper, fennel seeds, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, star anise and a sprig of curry leaves), until it turns golden brown or a perfect aroma fills the room.
  • Transfer it to a plate, keep it aside and wait until it comes to room temperature.
  • Grind it to a coarse or fine powder, spread it in a plate, bring it to room temperature and store it in an air-tight container.
  • Heat a tbsp. of oil in a kadai, add in the mustard seeds along with a sprig of curry leaves. Cook until it starts crackling.
  • Add in the coarsely grounded onions along with ginger-garlic paste and cook until they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the turmeric powder and a tsp of grounded of grounded masala, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the prawns along with 2 tsp of grounded masala and salt. Cook for 5 mins, sprinkle little water, cover with the lid and wait until it gets cooked.
  • Remove the lid once in 2 mins, give a stir and continue cooking until the prawn becomes dry.
  • Cook on low flame, until the masala becomes dry and gets coated to the prawns.
  • Garnish with little and finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot. Goes out well with steamed rice and veg curry or with variety rice. Excellent with sambar sadam/rice and curd rice/thayir sadam.