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December 06, 2012

Ridge Gourd Moong Dal & Potato Spinach Vada

Ridge Gourd Moong Dal :
Ridge Gourd is  low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in dietary fiber , vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamine,  iron, magnesium and manganese & in  Moong Dal  we get s considerable amount of fiber carbohydrates and protein but have no minerals which  we can get  from ridge gourd. So ,when we fast we need  to supplement our body with necessary  vitamins and minerals with one meal , so  try this combination. .This goes well with rice as well as rotis .


Ridge Gourd  1 large
Moong Dal nearly 1/2 cup
Curry leaves 10
Green chilies 5
Red chilies 2
Cumin Seeds 3/4  teaspoon
Mustard Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Black Gram 1/4 teaspoon
Hing a pinch
Salt for taste
Ghee 1/4 teaspoon
Oil 1 teaspoon
Turmeric a pinch

Cooking Time:

Preparing Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Step 1: Peel ridge gourd and dice it into small cubes,rinse moong dal and add sufficient amount of  water 
Step 2: Slice green chilies into half and add  them along with 1/2 tea spoon of cumin seeds, curry leaves  to the moong dal and bring it into boil .This may take 5 minutes
Step 3: Now add the ridge gourd pieces and cover with lid or cook it in a cooker for four or five whistles 
Step 4: When cools temper with remaining  cumin seeds,mustard seeds,hing,turmeric  and black gram in ghee and oil.Add salt for taste.DON'T ADD SALT WHILE BOILING MOONG DAL.
Step 5: This same recipe can be cooked with Bottle Gourd or Cabbage .So cook accordingly to your taste  

Potato Spinach Vada :

This is a simple and easy recipe with great taste


Potato 1 large
Spinach 1 /2 cup chopped
Green chilies 5
Pepper Powder 1 pinch
Salt for taste
Oil for Deep Fry
Curry leaves 10
Cilantro 1/ cup chopped
Coriander Powder 1/4 teaspoon
Corn Flour 1 tablespoon
Chick Pea Flour 1 tablespoon
Coriander Seeds 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
Ginger a small piece

Cooking Time:

Preparing Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Step 1: Boil potato ,cool it and mash it, roughly chop spinach ,cilantro and add it to the mashed potato
Step 2: Crush green chilies,ginger into a smooth paste  add it to potato and spinach 
Step 3: Add the taken flours ,a tablespoon of oil, salt,pepper,coriander powder ,curry leaves  and mix it evenly ,if  needed add some water 
Step 4: Bring it into  an exact  consistency so that you can make a vada with breaking  or loosing the shape .Make  into a  small flattened  round  shape or any shape  you desire .
Step 5: Heat oil for deep frying and fry vada until they reach golden brown .

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