Try this yummy appetizer for a taste of India in your kitchen.
Ahead of time, place 3/4 cup dried red lentils in a bowl, and cover with water up to 2 inches above the lentils; cover, refrigerate, and let stand at least 8 hours and up to overnight. Drain, then combine with 3 tablespoons water in a food processor and process until smooth.
Combine the pureed lentils with 3 and 1/2 cups chopped spinach, 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions, 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon finely chopped and seeded serrano chile, 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. baking soda, and 1 minced garlic clove; stir well to combine.
(Note: the original recipe said to coarsely chop the spinach, which I interpreted as larger pieces; I wish in retrospect that I'd chopped it quite finely, so that is what I recommend).
Heat 1 tablespoon of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the lentil batter in ten, tablespoon-ful size portions - I definitely made my first batch too large, which meant my final batch were awfully small, so try and keep them fairly small from the get-go to avoid this problem! Cook for 2 minutes on each side.
Repeat the procedure twice - each time with 1 tablespoon peanut oil, and 10 more tablespoon-ful size lentil patties, so at the end you have 30 puffs.
Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons raw sugar, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper, 4 pitted prunes and 4 pitted dates in a blender; process until smooth. Do use a blender here - I tried my food processor, but it didn't quite make the sauce smooth enough.
Serve 3 puffs with about 1 tablespoon of dip for 10 appeatizer portions of 140 calories each.
red lentils $2.99
green onions $0.99
serrano chile $0.12
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html