Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quinoa Lentil Fritters with an opinion

Opinions are a vital part of life. We all have them whether we really need to have one or not is irrelevant. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to have an opinion on something that has nothing to do with my perfectly normal idiosyncratic life. I have an opinion on the bird sitting on my car. I wonder why it chose my car, I bet he/she is upset about something and thus starts a series of completely irrelevant opinions on the bird and his/her life.

On a serious note, every one is entitled to an opinion. I try to respect that and leave it at that. Coming back to my own perfectly reasonable opinions (birds aside), I always thought that vada which is a type of fritter made with a lentil known as urad dal was too bland and boring. I was so opinionated towards its taste, texture and everything else to do with it that I never even attempted to cook with it.

My lovely husband went grocery shopping and returned with a bag of ural dal. I tired to find other uses for it, but was not successful. One day when I was driving, I saw my avian friend pecking on some seeds on the side walk, a very poignant thought occurred to me. What if I combine the urad dal with a grain I absolutely adore - the Quinoa

Here is yet another successful serendipitous sensation from my kitchen - This yields about 3 servings

1 cup of urad dal

soak the urad dal in 2 cups of water for at least 2-4 hours. Over night is even better. 

1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa


1 tsp black pepper 

1/2 tsp chili flakes

Drain all the water from the urad dal and puree it in a blender. It is imperative to not add water and make this soupy or watery.

Add the quinoa, salt, pepper and chili flakes.

Heat enough oil in a pan to shallow fry.

Once the oil is hot, add spoonfuls of the batter and let them fry on each side for a minute or two.

Once they are golden brown, remove them from the pan.

I placed them on a kitchen towel to drain the excess oil.

Opinions are bound to change, thanks to my avian instincts I rediscovered  this lentil fritter. Give it a try before you form an opinion. I am sending this recipe to Mimismommy and Bunnyeatsdesign  hosting the Our Growing Edge event which motives you to try something new.

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