Just a couple of days back while I was on one such culinary journey on the net I discovered this fabulous and very very simple recipe from Khandesh. Khandesh is an area to the north of Maharashtra and Khandeshi cuisine is particularly known for it's earthy and spicy flavours. I read the original recipe on Aarti's Corner and it was the simplicity of the recipe that really appealed to me. I made just a couple of changes. Firstly I reduced the number of chillies so my son would not make a fuss , secondly I mixed in the sesame seeds along with all the other ingredients in the dough and I also added a bit of sugar .
1 cup Toor Daal
2 onions finely chopped
1/3 cup coriander, finely chopped
1 inch ginger minced( or use a tblspn of store bought bottled minced ginger)
3 cloves garlic minced
2 green chillies minced
4-5 tsp sesame seeds
1 -2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tspn sugar
salt to taste
1) Soak Toor Daal for 1-2 hrs
2) Drain all water and coarsely grind it
3) Mix all the remaining ingredients and knead together
4) Make small dumplings of any shape you like
5) Put these dumplings in a steamer/cooker and steam it for 15-20 mins .
The healthy version of this dish is the steamed one . But if you are in an indulgent mood like I was you can fry the dumplings. Eitherway they are irresistable.
If any of you have any typically Maharashtrian recipes that could be used for my project ,do mail me your suggestions . I would be more than happy to research them.