Simple Steps To make Famous Khaman
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As a vegetarian I am often asked about the protein values in my food. I personally believe in protein derived from a plant source. Channa Dal is also called Bengal Dal. Today I am going to share a recipe which is very nutritious, low in fat, low in carbohydrates and high in protein. It is very low in the Glycemic Index. It does not raise your blood sugar. In research, a scientist has found that these beans are excellent for diabetic patients. This recipe requires some practice and may be a little hard to make for new cooks. This recipe also requires a special steamer with a rack and Thali or round aluminum pan approximately 7″ or 8″ so that it fits in the steamer.
|Chana Dal or Bengal Dal|
Cooking Difficulty Level: Difficult
Cooking Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
Recipe Type: Vegan (omit Yogurt & use Lemon Juice) & Jain (omit Ginger) & Gluten Free
|1 & 1/2||Tsp||Salt|
|3 or 4||Cups||Water|
|1||Tsp||Baking Soda or ENO available|
|at Indian grocery store|
|1||Tsp||Fresh Lemon Juic|
|1||Tst||Fresh Chopped Hot Chillies|
|1||Tsp||Black Mustard Seeds|
|4||TBsp||Chopped Coriander Leaves|
How to Prepare:
- Wash & soak the Dal for 5 hours in warm water.
- Drain and grind coarsely.
- Add yogurt and little water to make a batter.
- Take care not overgrind and do not make it watery. Grind enough to make the batter pour almost like pancake batter.
- Add salt, ginger, astofedia, sugar and mix well. Set aside.
- Now bring to a boil approximately 3-4 cups of water in a steamer. The water level has to be below the rack.
- Lightly oil the round pan.
- Pour the batter in the pan.
- (This is the trick for puffy dhokla:) On top of the pan of batter, add 1/2 Tsp of baking soda. And then on top of that, add the lemon juice.
- Watch for it to bubble. Save the bubbles in the batter. Mix the batter in a pan in a circular motion.
- Place the pan on the rack above the boiling water in the steamer. Allow it to steam for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, open the steamer (care should be taken not to scald yourself) and insert a knife or flat spatula.
- If the batter sticks to the knife, leave it to steam five more minutes.
- Take the pan out of steamer and let it cool down for five minutes.
- In a small pan heat the oil on medium heat.
- Add sesame seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped jalapeño pepper and chopped cilantro to garnish.
- Spread over the pan.
- Cut pieces into desired shape.
- Transfer to a serving plate with a flat spatula.