Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spinach Vada

Spinach Vada
Now here's a scrumptious vada for those who hate spinach and have vowed never to eat it. Before you argue with me about why you should eat spinach at all, let's run through some health benefits of spinach
-          Helps in weight loss
-          helps to stabilize blood glucose levels
-          great for your eyes and brains
-          rich in folic acid, a B class vitamin, essential for making red blood cells, synthesising and repairing DNA, and regulating cell metabolism

Pic Courtesy: Sanjana Kodical

Spinach               - 1 cup
Green Chilies      - 2
Channa Dal         - 1/2 cup
Tuvar dal            - 2 tbsp
Urad dal              - 2 tbsp
Ginger                 - 1”
Hing                   - a pinch
Salt                      - to taste

Soak the dals in water for 4 hours.  Keep half the dal aside and grind the remaining with ginger, chili, hing and salt
Add the rest of the dal to the dal mixture and coarse grind for half a minute  
Add finely chopped spinach to the dal mixture and mix well
Heat a non-stick pan and spread 1 tbsp oil all over
Make small balls out of the dal mixture and flatten them
Place them on the non-stick pan
Cover the pan with a lid and let the vadas cook on slow flame till they turn crispy and golden brown
Flip them and cook on the other side
Serve hot

Don't forget, chana dal too has its health benefits:
-          is one of the richest source of proteins

-          is rich in copper and manganese

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