Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Baked Crispy Lentil Fingers

 

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Hi!

I am on a baking spree and trying to innovate healthy, tasty and at the same time low oil and low calorie preparations. As I mentioned in my Yellow Lentil Seekh Kabab, that for vegetarians like me, lentils are a big source of proteins. Continuing to experiment more with the lentils and especially the Yellow Lentils as these are quick to cook and easy to digest, I attempted making baked crispy fingers. I was a little apprehensive about how these would taste after baking but the fears disappeared quickly the minute I tasted them.

The fingers are just perfect, nicely crispy and well spiced, good enough to tease the taste buds. Perfect for people on diet and for those who do not mind eating high calorie food, these can be fried too. It can make a great starter as well as a finger food. Apt for growing children as it’s loaded with proteins as well as anyone who needs a high protein diet.

I am also happy to inform you that my Yellow Lentil Seekh Kabab won second prize at Neha’s Kids Menu Event and I have won the book Cooking with Pedatha, since I already have the book, she has very kindly changed it to a gift voucher. I will surely share what I buy with that in future, but for now the recipe..

Ingredients for Lentil Fingers

about 3/4 cup yellow lentils

3 green chilies

a small piece ginger

1 garlic pod

2 tbsp coriander leaves

salt to taste

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

a pinch of good quality asafetida

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander pwd

1 tsp cumin pwd

a large pinch garam masala

1/2 tsp dry mango (amchoor) pwd

1-1/2 tbsp oil

cooking spray

Ingredients For Minty Coriander Yogurt Dip

2 green chilies

2 tbsp yogurt

a small handful coriander leaves

a small handful mint leaves

1/4 tsp rock salt

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Method

Soak the lentils for half an hour and then grind it to a smooth paste along with salt, green chilies, ginger, garlic and coriander.

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Heat oil and add cumin and fennel seeds followed by asafetida. Reduce the flame and then add the lentil paste.

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Stir continuously  and add all the spices, mix thoroughly. Once the mixture starts thickening and starts leaving the edges and forms like a ball, switch off the flame.

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Grease a square plate and spread the lentil mix evenly using hand when hot. If required wet hands and then spread.

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Refrigerate for an hour and then cut fingers.

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Preheat the oven at 220C and place the lentil fingers on a greased baking dish, spray some cooking spray over it too and bake them for about 10 mins on one side and then turn the fingers and then bake again for 5 mins on the other side, till the crust is golden in color.

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For the dip, grind all the ingredients together under the heading dip.

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Serve hot the fingers with the Minty Coriander Yogurt Dip.

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Sending this to-

MLLA 27 an event by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook.

my eventOnly’- Low Oil/Low Calorie guest hosted by Priya Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan’s Recipes.

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42 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

oh wow thats a lovely and a healthy snack idea, loved the ingredients used and also the dip...lovely combo together...

Satya said...

healthy,crispy n delicious lentil fingers ...

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Vrinda said...

Thats an awesome recipe..must try...

Anncoo said...

Lovely presentation and congratulations on your winning :)

Smitha said...

That looks great and delish..I make almost something similar...make it like rolls and it become veggie hot dogs with ketchup and mustard!

An Open Book said...

Thats a great snack idea...






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Pari,

amazing fingers...new to me...lovely clicks...

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Prathibha said...

Looks really appetizing dear.....Yummy....Nice n healthy way of eating them...congrats for winning the cook book

Kairali sisters said...

You rock with innovative dishes pari...

Reshmi said...

hey pari beautifuly presented an very innovativ dish...i love it..

Padhu said...

Innovative and healthy dish and lovely pictures!!

Shanthi said...

Sounds interesting and unique
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Nandini said...

What a protein-packed snack for the naughty kids! So nice and congrats! Visit my blog when you have time dear.

Nandini's Food Page

Suja Sugathan said...

Healthy and interesting snack..wonderful idea

aipi said...

protein packed snack..looks awesome!

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Rachana said...

Such a guiltfree Snack! Looks so tempting.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Lovely snack with all the goodness of proteins. Loved the freshness in the pictures.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely steps never had this looks good

Nitha said...

Wonderful idea..

Sadhana said...

nice one pari

kitchen queen said...

awesome and lip smacking snack.

Swathi said...

Delicious Lentil fingers. I like it as it is baked.

Priya said...

Very beautiful innovative and guilt free lentils fingers..looks fantastic..

NIDHYA said...

Looks very interesting. Nice snack.

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Anukampa said...

quite innovative pari...must try

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Yummy treat for vegetarians.Looks really good.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks great!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I agree . Baked lentils surely looks crispy and super yummy.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Madhavi said...

This is must try recipe, very nice post!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats super cool,love the recipe ,very innovative! Sure should be a healthy guilt free snack!

chaitrali pathak said...

Healthy and interesting snack..

G.Pavani said...

looks crispy n healthy too...

Krishnaveni said...

healthy recipe, looks yum, congrats on your win Pari

Chitra said...

Wow, awesome click. healthy snack. cute bowl :)

Nithu said...

That's a wonderful idea for a snack. Book marked.

kothiyavunu.com said...

Healthy and Yummy looking snacks pari..Nice recipe..sounds interesting.

Raina said...

I love this recipe. It sounds healthy and delicious. My kind of dish. I love that you baked it. Great instruction too:)

Congratulations on your win!

Aparna S Mallya said...

Great to see yr enthusiasm! Crispy and wonderful fingers!

Madhu said...

Pari...fingers look really nice.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

congrats dear, great healthy way to use the lentils. Great finger food :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy n a tasty fry...looks tasty

Nupur Mehra said...

Love this recipe.. Will try it soon .
thnx

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