Saturday, June 22, 2013

SPICY METHI LEAVES AND GRAM FLOUR CAKE

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
It was long time that I posted something from my place, North Karnataka recipes. This recipe is an extension of Gram flour vadi :-), Are you laughing at my word "extension". I have added methi leaves to the basic recipe. Gram flour vadi is very common food in North Karnataka and there are many versions of this and this is prepared even using green gram flour which is healthier than this one.


Coming to the recipe now,
Adding methi leaves definitely is an advantage for the mothers like me who wants their kid to have green monster(according to kids :-) ). Make these vadas or small cakes and serve it with chapati. I again crumbled it and spread it on the chapati to make it roll and gave it to my younger one.

Ingredients:
Gram flour - 1 cup
Fresh Methi leaves - 3 small bunches or 2 big one
Onion - 2 big
Green chilly - 2 or as per the taste
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp


Method :
Clean and wash the methi leaves. Keep it in a colander to remove the water.
Finely chop the onion. (I used food processor)
Finely chop the methi leaves, green chilly and curry leaves(again I used food processor, its a boon for me )
Using food processor will help you to get the fine texture.
If you don't have the processor, chop it finely with a sharp knife.


Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
Add cumin seeds and onion together. Fry till it turns golden color. Add the gram flour and fry till the aroma comes. Don't leave in the middle. It may take 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the chopped methi and green chilly. Mix and fry till both the gram flour and methi leaves blends well. 

Cover with a lid and cook for few minutes. Open, add salt and haldi.
Mix well and keep frying for few minutes more. Add the tamarind paste, mix well, cover and cook it starts leaving the edge. 
Transfer it on a wide plate. Spread it on the plate to get the round or rectangular shape with little thickness. Allow it to cool. Cut into desired shape(square, rectangle, triangle or diamond). Usually its cut into diamond shape, but here I cut it into triangles. Anyways, the taste won't differ with shape :-)
As there is no water added to it, you can take it while travelling for a day or two. 
Enjoy it with hot chapati or Jowar roti. 

Keep Smiling,

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