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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kele Ke Dahi Bare / Spicy Plantain Dumplings in Yogurt

I was worried about the Delhi post since the recipes I was interested in either involved tedious work or were popular in other northern regions as well. I had prepared aloo chaat in case I wouldn't get a chance to prepare anything at the last moment but was not happy to post the simple dish for the marathon. Luckily yesterday, I found "kele ke dahi bare" while going through Pushpesh Pant's "India Cookbook". This book contains 1000 recipes ranging from the basic spice mixtures, dishes from Nawabi kitchens to exotic desserts. It covers both vegetarian and non vegetarian recipes but in spite of that it definitely catches the attention of a vegetarian because of the huge, impressive collection of mouthwatering vegetarian recipes.
This recipe uses plantain vadas unlike the urad dal ones as in the case of classic dahi vada. The spicy vadas and the sweet yogurt compliment each other very well and the balance creates a fabulous snack to savor. A great dish to entertain the guests.

Ingredients:
2 cups yogurt (Full fat preferably)
1/2 tsp sugar (Optional)
2 small plantains
1 tsp cumin powder
2 green chillies
2 tbsp minced cilantro
1 tbsp cornstarch (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil / Ghee to fry

Method:
* Add 1/4 tsp salt and sugar if using to the yogurt and whisk well. Keep it aside.
* Peel and cube the plantains. Add a cup of water and cook in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles or in a sauce pan until they are cooked but not mushy. Transfer the cooked plantain cubes to a colander, drain and cool them slightly.
* Add drained plantain cubes, cumin powder, salt and green chillies to a food processor and mash them roughly. Transfer the contents to a mixing bowl. Add cornstarch if using and cilantro to the mixture and mix together.
* Divide the mixture into equal portions and roll them into balls. Grease your hands if the mixture is sticky and flatten the balls slightly between your palms.
* Heat the oil in a kadai or deep pan. Working in batches, add the flattened plaintain discs and fry until golden, flipping once. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent kitchen towels.
* When ready to serve, add the plantain dumplings to the yogurt and combine so that they are covered in yogurt.




23 comments:

Varadas Kitchen said...

Interesting vadas, never heard of them before. Turned out great.

Usha said...

This is indeed an unique recipe. I am loving all your posts during this marathon.

nandoos Kitchen said...

Nice post dear..

Priya Suresh said...

Very different and interesting kele ke dahi bare, wonderful dish to enjoy anytime of the day.

vaishali sabnani said...

We do make plantain tikkis but dunking them in curd is new..should be yum.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

totally new.. plaintain dumplings in yogurt. the fried dumplings look super tasty

Hari Chandana said...

that's a wonderful recipe.. interesting!!

Sapana Behl said...

Would love to grab them as it is ...lovely !

Pavani N said...

That dish looks so yummy.

Harini-Jaya R said...

This a very unique Dahi vada, Suma. Shall have to try it for sure!

Kalyani said...

Lovely ! And a welcome change from the usual dahi wadas.. I too bought that book, and it's truly a treasure trove !!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Veru unique dish. THis is very new to me. The plantain vadas look so delicious...

Srivalli said...

That's a new one Suma..so glad you got a new one for me to know..:)..pictures are amazing as always!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

very new recipe for me. The plaintain vada looks really good!

Chef Mireille said...

I am really not one for things swimming in yogurt but I love these vadas and I just bought some green plantain at the supermarket yesterday so I might make these today

Archana Potdar said...

So deliciously new. Thanks to you I have a new dhai wada that does not involve soaking and grinding and most importantly deep frying. This is bookmarked.

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Interesting and new recipe dear..Your clicks makes it more irresistible

Pavani N said...

That is such an interesting dish with plantains. Those vadas look so crispy and delicious. I've to try this one :-)

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Such an interesting recipe,sounds new to me..absolutely delicious looking recipe...

Priya Srinivasan said...

Very interesting recipe suma!!! Love that the vada is totally a veggie based. I might as well try pan-frying them! Bookmarked!!! :)

Sreevalli E said...

Interesting dish.. Yummy .

Padmajha PJ said...

Nice alternative to dahi wada.Looks perfect!

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