Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Low fat Channa dal(Bengal Gram) Fritters

Know what you Eat : Channa Dal(Bengal gram) is very high in protein and very low in glycemic index. This bean looks just like yellow split peas, but is quite different because it doesn't readily boil down to mush. It's more closely related to garbanzo beans, or chickpeas. The differences are that chana dal is younger, smaller, split, sweeter, and has a much lower glycemic index. You can substitute chana dal for garbanzo beans in just about any recipe.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : Around 15 fritters


Channa dal - 1 cup
Chopped cabbage - 1/2 cup
Chopped mint leaves - 1/4 cup
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Green chilli - 1 or to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

I am using the appam pan for years. I use different batters to make sweet and veggie appams. But have never tried out with vada batter. I found this interesting recipe in Uma's blog and tried it out immediately.


1) Soak channa dal in warm water for four hours.
2) Add green chilli,salt, little bit of water and grind to get a thick batter.
3) Add the chopped cabbage, onion and mint leaves to the batter.
4) Heat the appam pan and put a drop of oil in each of groove and pour the batter.
5) Cover the appam pan for few minutes and once one side is cooked and golden in color flip over.
6) Once the other side is cooked, remove and serve it with ketchup, chutney or sambar of your choice.
Vadai is a South Indian deep fried snack and instead of deep frying i made it in appam pan to get a low fat version.


Uma said...

Wow, your fritters have come out so crunchy and yummy. Adding mint and cabbage is a great idea. Made the fritters more healthy. Thank you so much for trying out my method. So nice of you :) I am so glad you liked them.

Suparna said...

Wow, this looks and sounds very different than the usual. Good health benifit too :) nice click.

rekhas kitchen said...

looks so crunchy and yum nice color too like your lofat version

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

Thanks Uma and Suparna for your comments.

Renu said...

want to give a try to it...what is appam pan???

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

This appam pan comes in different material like iron, non stick etc. Comes with seven small holes in which you can make ball shaped sweet or savoury treats. This dish and the pan originated from kerala.I will try to take a photo of this pan and email you in a day or two.

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