Friday, March 12, 2010

Peetha- Dal Stuffed Rice Bites

This makes for a great vegetarian snack/appetizer, tasty and healthy. And frankly, quite filling.

Heat water till just under boiling point. Use the hot water to make a soft dough with rice flour, salt. Use a ladle to make the dough as the water is hot.
To prepare filling soak chana dal for 2 hours. Make a paste of the dal along with ginger, garlic, green chillies, salt and fresh coriander.
The dough is very soft so u can shape it using just your fingers and palm. Flatten out balls of the dough and place some filling center. Shape them like gujias or empanadas.
Boil some water. Place the peethas in the boling water. Cover and cook. They will be cooked in 10-15 minutes.

The peethas in this boiled state taste great too and are traditionally had as a main course.
To prepare a delicious snack though, slice them into cross sections and deep fry till slightly golden and crispy. Serve with coriander chutney.

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