No onion No garlic Spicy Masoor Dal Wada ki Kadi or Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt Gravy

No onion No garlic Spicy Masoor Dal Wada ki Kadi or Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt Gravy

No onion No garlic Spicy Masoor Dal Wada ki Kadi or Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt Gravy– This is a healthy protein-rich deviation from the normal besan pakora kadis, as crisp and fresh fried lentil dumplings instead of besan pakoras are used in yogurt gravy. Though there is no onion or no garlic, yet the kadhi is flavorful and delicious because of the addition of whole spices.

The step-by-step procedure is as follows :

Step 1 : For making masoor dal wadi

  • Grind masoor dal, green chilli, ginger and salt into a coarse paste without adding water. Add cumin seeds, turmeric and salt. Mix well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Make small flat balls from wadi batter and deep fry. 
  • Drain the excess oil by placing them on a paper towel or any absorbent material. Keep them aside.
  • Add water into the left over little wadi batter. Scrap the remaining batter from the sides of the bowl and mix well. Keep it aside.

Step 2 : For making Kadhi (yogurt gravy)

  • Combine yogurt, chickpea flour, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt in a bowl. Whisk it so as to form a smooth mixture without any lumps.
  • Add the the wadi batter- water mixture into the yogurt mixture. Whisk well so that there are no lumps.
  • Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and saute for a minute. 
  • Add asafoetida, chopped ginger, black pepper, red chilli and saute for a minute.
  • Add the yogurt mixture. Let it cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes and increase the heat to low medium and bring the yogurt mixture to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. At this point, taste the curry and add salt if needed. Turn off the heat. Add the masoor dal wadis as well and let them soak in the kadhi liquid for some time. Garnish with cilantro/ coriander leaves and serve it with hot steamed rice.

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No onion No garlic Spicy Masoor Dal Wada ki Kadi ( Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt Gravy)
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3 people
Ingredients
  • For kadhi :
  • 1 cup curd
  • 2 tablespoons besan (chickpea flour)
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder (adjust as per your spice taste)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander (for garnishing)
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds (or any vegetable oil)
  • For masoor dal wadi -
  • ½ cup masoor dal (also known as red lentil) soaked for 2 hours
  • 2 green chillies
  • ½ knob ginger peeled, smashed and finely chopped or ground
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • oil for deep frying
  • For tempering :
  • ¼ tsp nigella seeds
  • ⅛ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp carom seeds
  • half a knob of ginger peeled, smashed and finely chopped or ground
  • 2 green chillies cut and slit
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. For making masoor dal wadi-Grind masoor dal, green chilli, ginger and salt into a coarse paste without adding water. Add cumin seeds, turmeric and salt. Mix well.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Make small flat balls from wadi batter and deep fry.
  3. Drain the excess oil by placing them on a paper towel or any absorbent material. Keep them aside.
  4. Add water into the left over little wadi batter. Scrap the remaining batter from the sides of the bowl and mix well. Keep it aside.
  5. For making Kadhi-Combine yogurt, chickpea flour, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt in a bowl. Whisk it so as to form a smooth mixture without any lumps.
  6. Add the the wadi batter- water mixture into the yogurt mixture. Whisk well so that there are no lumps.
  7. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and saute for a minute.
  8. Add asafoetida, chopped ginger, black pepper, red chilli and saute for a minute.
  9. Add the yogurt mixture. Let it cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Increase the heat to low medium and bring the yogurt mixture to a boil.
  11. Simmer for 5 minutes. At this point, taste the curry and add salt if needed.Turn off the heat.
  12. Add the masoor dal wadis as well and let them soak in the kadhi liquid for some time. Garnish with cilantro/ coriander leaves.
  13. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve it hot with steaming rice.

 

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