Easy Snacks Recipes | Healthy Snacks Recipes
My cooking style has changed. There was a time when I was genuinely confused if I loved cooking because of blogging or vice versa. This last year proved the latter. The blogging suffered but my cooking flourished faster than before. It was spent analyzing and matching various components of  the food pyramid to make for a balanced meal for the day. At the end of the day, it is an exhausting ordeal but that which made me so much happier and content about my role as the meal provider in the house.
Easy Snacks Recipes | Healthy Snacks Recipes
One of the toughest things to do as a mother (or as a cook) is to make sure your meal for that day was balanced covering all the essential requirements of the day. So, without choice every meal has to be given importance - even the snacks. Hence comes in snacks like these. This chickpea dips is a good source of fiber, protein and is a great option for those watching their glycemic index providing high quality carbs. Adjust seasoning to suit your needs since it is easily adaptable.
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Makes around 2.5 cups (about 8-10 servings)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Channa Dal (kadala paruppu/split chickpeas)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2" Ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 green Chilies, or as per taste
  • 1-1/2 tsp Garam Masala, or to taste
  • Freshly squeezed Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Few sprigs of chopped Cilantro/Coriander leaves
    Optional Additions for topping
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped Red Onion
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped Tomato
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped Cilantro leaves
Method
1. While this can be done over stove top, I prefer a pressure cooker to cook my dal. Faster and hassle free. I add about 2 cups of water to cook my dal until soft. Takes around 10 minutes *as opposed to about 30 min on stove top.
2. Cool the cooked dal and then add it to  a food processor. Retain the cooking liquid. You can add it while grinding and to adjust the consistency of your dip.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients  and grind into a smooth puree. Add the reserved liquid as per your taste. Taste and season accordingly.
Serve with the topping suggested if you like.  Serve it with crackers or Indian fried wafers - whatever rocks the dip for you :). Fulfilling dip and a guilty free snack. Easy Snacks Recipes | Healthy Snacks Recipes

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2 Comments

By Jyoti on Sep 23, 2015

Lovely....... I wil make it today

By Nance on Jan 22, 2015

This is an Indian kind of hummus! I have no source for channa dal, so I guess I can used canned, rinsed garbanzos/chickpeas, even though they still have the hulls on them. Everywhere I've read states to add some oil, so that nutrients can be absorbed better. I'll thus add a tablespoon of olive oil. Thank you for the recipe!

Did you try any online source? Amazon carries them. And yes, a little fat always helps. Try Ghee in this, it will UP the flavor by miles :) --DK