Thursday, 25 August 2011

Badeel (Low calorie Snack/Appetizer)

My daughter's would be in laws were to visit our house for the first time so I wanted to make something Authentic Kumauni. And what did I make in snacks?? oh yes Badeel!!! They were an instant hit with all of them specially my daughter's would be Mom in law as she is fitness and weight conscious, hence calorie conscious. Now 5 yrs. after my daughter's marriage, she makes it when ever her in laws are at her house, and it is totally relished.
Ingredients required
  • 250gm. Chana dal washed and soaked for 3-4 hrs.
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilly powder to taste.
  • Cooking oil 100 ml (for frying)
  • 2-3 Green chilies finely cut.
  • 1/2 tea spoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin seeds(1/2Teaspoon for seasoning , 1/2 Teaspoon for garnishing)
  • 1 Tea spoon Mustard seeds ( 1/2 Teaspoon for seasoning, 1/2 Teaspoon for garnishing)
Directions to prepare Badeel
  • Grind the soaked dal to smooth paste .
Dal paste
  • Take oil in a kadhai and heat.
  • When the oil is hot add , mustard seeds, cumin seeds,green chilies into it.

Green chillies, cumin mustard seed in hot oil
  • When the seeds start spluttering and the green chilies turn slightly darker, or slight change in their color is observed, add the following and mix thoroughly:
    • Dal paste
    • Turmeric powder
    • Salt
    • Chilli powder
    • Dal paste with salt, turmeric powder, and seasoning 
    • If the mixture sticks to the kadai then sprinkle some water occasionally.
    •  When the mixture changes the color and starts leaving the sides of kadhai then sprinkle 1/2 cup of water to it.
    • Cover and cook on low flame for 5 min.

    Cooked mixture ready to be taken on a plate 
    • Grease a plate, take the mixture in it and flatten the mixture nicely by patting .
    Cooked dal mixture on a plate ready to be patted flat
      Cooked dal mixture flattened on a plate
      • When the mixture is cooled cut it to required size pieces.
      •  Shallow fry them will little amount of oil place on a serving dish.
      • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil, add the following and let them splutter (tadka) : 
        • Mustard seeds
        • 2-3 red dry chilies 
      • Spread the hot oil with spluttered mustard seeds and chilly pieces on to the pieces in the plate.
      • As they have no starch, or fatty substance, they are low in calories and high in protein.
      Enjoy Badeel as hot snacks  with Dhaniya/ Pudina ( mint leaves) chutney /
       Hariyali chutney
      or red Chili sauce
      • Do not add too much water while grinding.Lentil
      • Take non-stick wok to reduce the amount of oil. 
      Suggested Variation:  
      •  The flavor can be changed by adding fresh coriander/ methi/ mint/ powder of dry methi leaves/finely cut onions to the dal paste. 
      • Chana dal can be replaced by lentil , Tur dal ( Arahar dal ) or moong dal .

      1 comment:

      1. Thanks for sharing this delicious Kumauni dish. Please add some more.



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