Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chana Puri

Chana Puri
1/2 cup chana dal( boil in salted water with 3 peeled potatoes)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp gharum masala
2 tblsp chopped coriander leaves
1 large onion
1 tsp ginger/garlic

Boil dal with peeled potato and when done, drain off water. Fry finely sliced onion in 2 tblsp of oil. Add the ginger and garlic paste and the gharum masala. Add the potato and dal and braise till the spices are well mixed with the potato and dal. When cold add the chopped coriander leaves. Gently mould in palms and form in small ping pong sized balls. Leave these on a plate in fridge till required.

The drained off dal water and the mashed potato
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 tsp butter
1 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp yoghurt

Run butter and yoghurt in flour till it ressembles bread crumbs. Add half of the baking powder and the salt. Add the dal water to make a batter( gluey paste), and leave for a few hours in a sunny position. Just before frying, add the rest of baking powder and mix well. Heat oil in deep pan and over medium heat fry the balls as follows:Grease palm of the left hand with a little oil, put a tblsp of paste in it, then place a ball of potato inside and quickly spread the paste to cover the ball completely.

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