Dal Corn Paneer Pakoda / Lentil Sweet Corn Cottage Cheese Fritters

Dal corn paneer pakoda or mixed lentils, cottage cheese and sweet corn fritters.
Rain makes everything beautiful. Don’t you like pitter patter sound of rain and cold breeze of this season? I know you also love this season with more greenery. In Bengali we call it bristi bheja din.

And we need some delicious fried foods like fluffy hot kachori, pakoda chop, cutlets and different types of fry with steaming hot drinks in monsoon, right? So here is an easy to make delicious crispy crunchy pakoda or fritter made with three types of dal or lentil, sweet corn, paneer or cottage cheese, onion, green chilli and some spices. You can add 1 – 2 eggs in the batter if you want. I have wanted to add some finely chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and one egg. But both was not in my pantry when I was making it and it was raining heavily so made it whatever I had. And everyone loved the taste. So no need of eggs and cilantro 😊
Enjoy the rain and this pakoda with a cup of tea or coffee or any hot drink of your choice. Photo credit my daughter Suchismita.

This week’s our 203 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #RimJhimBarse. Have you heard the beautiful song Rim jhim barse paani? This week very talented Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi cuisine suggested the theme.
Visit her blog for many authentic and innovative recipes.
This week we all the members of bloghop sharing monsoon special recipes.

You may like some more fried recipes on this blog.

1. Biscuit roti or kachori

2. Dhuska

3. Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes

4. Hinger kochuri or hing kachori

5. Dimer chop or devilled eggs

6. Radhaballavi

7. Parippu vada or lentil fritters

8. Falafel

9. Paneer or cottage cheese croquettes

10. Mix veg cutlets

11. Aloo chop or potato fritters

Serve the fritters with any sauce or chutney or dip. You can get some chutney and dip recipes here.

1. Mango sesame chutney

2. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

3. Onion tomato chutney or dip

4. Peanut chutney or dip

I have used moong dal or yellow lentil, masoor dal or red lentil and chana dal or Bengal gram in these fritters. And sweet corn and cottage cheese or paneer made these fritters more delicious. Little rice flour made the pakoda crispy. So enjoy the fritters with all the goodness of lentil, cottage cheese and sweet corn.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/3 cup

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/3 cup

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/3 cup

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, grated or mashed

Rice flour – 4 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Onion – 1 large

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Oil for frying

Method

1. Rinse well and soak all the dal or lentil in sufficient water for 3 – 4 hours.

2. Drain the water and grind the dal with ginger and green chilli. You can use little water for easy grinding, but don’t make it runny.

3. Crush boiled sweet corn in food processor. Don’t make fine paste it should be course.

4. Finely chop the onion.

5. In a bowl mix dal or lentil paste, boiled and crushed sweat corn, mashed or grated paneer/cottage cheese, finely chopped onion, rice flour, salt, cumin powder and chaat masala powder. You can add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if you have. Mix everything well.

6. Heat sufficient oil to deep fry. When the oil heated drop spoonful of batter in the oil. Press gently with the spoon to make flat.

7. Or with your hand make small balls and flatten with your fingers and drop in the hot oil. Fry on low flame.
Turn over and fry the other side till golden brown.

Remove from oil and place the fried pakoda or fritters on a paper towel.
Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes
1. Use chilli according to your taste. You can use more green chilli if you like it spicy.
2. Instead of grinding with dal or lentils grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli can be a used. Or use 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste if you like garlic flavour.
3. You can add 1 – 2 egg in the batter if you want.

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Shakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai pongal.
A delicious dessert from Tamil cuisine.
Pongal is a popular rice dish, originating from Tamil Nadu. In Tamil “pongal” ” means to ” boil over ” or “spill over”.
Sakkarai pongal (literally sweet pongal) is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to a deity). This type of pongal is also made during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.
Ingredients can include rice, coconut and mung bean. Sakarai pongal is traditionally sweetened with jaggery, which gives the pongal a brown colour, though it can be sweetened with white sugar instead.
Source – Wikipedia

This post is going to be a part of a Facebook group Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is very talented blogger Priya Iyer who blog at My word through my eyes.
Check out her space for delicious and authentic recipes. I have selected this recipe Classic shakkari pongal from her space.

 

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I love the aroma of ghee fried moong dal. So I have fried the dal. This dessert is not only delicious but aromatic. I am sure you will love the taste and flavour. Jaggery, ghee fried moong dal, cardamom and nutmeg made this dessert super yummy and aromatic. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like, then you can skip it. If you want to make it vegan then skip milk and use water instead.

Recipe

Rice – 1/4 cup

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/4 cup

Jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 2 cup

Cashew – 2 tablespoon, broken

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Rinse and drain the rice and dal separately.

2. Heat ghee in a pan add the cashew nuts. Fry till the cashews becomes light brown. Remove from ghee.

3. Now fry the raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

4. In the same pan add drained moong dal. Fry till the dal starts to change it’s colour.

5. Add the rice and fry with dal for a few seconds.

6. Transfer the fried rice and dal in a pressure cooker. You can also fry the dry fruits, rice and dal in pressure cooker.

7. Add 2 cup water in pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook for 4 whistle or till rice and dal becomes soft.
Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

8. Open the pressure cooker. Mash the rice and dal with a spatula or ladle.

9. Add milk and let it boil. When it starts to boil, add grated fresh coconut and reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency. Keep stirring.

11. Don’t make it dry. It will dry up when cool. Keep the consistency like kheer or rice pudding.

12. Add jaggery powder and mix. I like less sweat but if you like your shakkari pongal more sweet then taste and add 1 tablespoon more jaggery powder if require.

13. Add fried cashews, raisins, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well and remove from heat. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like the flavour, then you can skip it.

14. If it’s become too dry add little more milk or water.
Your shakkari pongal is ready. Serve warm or cold. It will be delicious in both ways.

Notes

1. If you want to make it dairy free, then omit milk and use only water.

2. Colour of this dessert depends on the colour of the jaggery you are using.

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