Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Boiled Peanut snack (Sundal)

This is quite a common road side food/snack in south india.   Boiled peanuts are very healthy compared to the toasted ones.  Shelled peanuts are best but we dont get it all the seasons so you can go with the dried ones.  I had made it as prashad on one of the navarathiri evenings and one of our friend asked me to post the recipe here.

What you need?

Dried peanuts - 1 cup
salt -about 2 tsp
Turmeric-1/4 tsp

Tadka

Coconut oil-1 Tbsp
Mustard, hing, green chillies, coconut/mango optional

How to make?

Wash and boil peanuts in a pressure cooker with sufficient water, add salt and turmeric powder.  I leave it for 5 whistles since we all like to be well cooked.

Allow the pressure cooker to cool.  Drain the water just before using them, or they tend to become very dry.

Drain most of the water leaving about 1/4 cup on it.

Tadka

Shred green chillies, coconut and mango if using and keep it ready.

Heat oil, add mustard and allow it to pop, add hing, curry leaves and the boiled peanuts.

Add the shredded green chillies/mango and coconut and mix well.

It is ready to be served.   This is one of my kids favorite snacks after school.  Infact all of us like it.


Kale Avocado Tepla (Quick lunch)

Kale is one high fibre green which is very good for health.  It is little hard to incorporate into indian cooking. It has a stringent smell when cooked.  I have been looking for ways and means to use it.  This recipe turned out to be very good.

What you need?

To Fry:

     Kale - 1 bunch (choose tender leaves which look fresh)
     gr chillies-2 +
     ginger 1 inch
     hing 1/4 tsp
     salt
      turmeric

To make tepla  dough

   whole wheat flour - 1.5 cup
   barley flour-1 cup
   oats - 1/2 cup
   salt
   Avocado - 1 medium sized
 
Prep work:

Remove the thick stems from kale, wash and chop them.

How to make?

Heat 1 Tbsp oil, hing, shredded gr chillies and ginger

Add the chopped Kale leaves,turmeric and salt.  Fry it till the volume reduces and sauted.

Allow it to cool for a bit.  In the mean time, mash the avocado and set aside

Mix all the flour in a bowl, add salt, avocado and kale mixture.  Make dough, adjust liquid or flour to get the dough consistency.

Divide the dough into equal sized balls

Heat griddle and  make 6 " round circles using flour as required and cook both sides.

I just brushed with little ghee once cooked since I was packing it as kids lunch.  My kids liked it and that made my day.