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Dal ki Goli (Indian Lentil Balls Snack): delicious and easy snack is made using leftover dal/lentil, carrots, cilantro, spices, and sweet-spicy sauce. Perfect for anytime snacks or parties, served along with chai or coffee. Makes for a great low-carb meal along with salad.
This ‘Dal ki Goli’ or ‘Indian Lentil Snacks’ is one of my mom’s favorite recipes, especially for our after-school lunches.
To begin with, my mom’s cooking was extremely popular among family, friends, neighbors, and so on and she had this knack of turning even the most bland/boring food into something extraordinary – finger-licking good!
Dal or Indian Lentil or Indian Dhal, as many know it, is a common everyday menu in most Indian homes and also, definitely one recipe which many kids don’t relish much. Hence, every now and then, Mom used to transform it into a completely delicious (not recognizable) dish … which I used to eat without even a single excuse.
This is one of those recipes and I’ll be sharing many more in the future.
So, these ‘Lentil Balls’ (also one of the names), I literally used to munch on right from the pan or along with thin soft roti spread with ghee or with steamed rice.
Also, this recipe is not just extremely delicious but also healthy, low carb, vegan, and gluten-free. Makes a great meal/snack for a strict vegetarian diet or high protein diet.
As with most of my recipes, this is extremely simple to make. We divide the entire process into 3 major steps:
By sauteeing the leftover dal in pan to a thick consistency. Then cool it to room temperature.
Then take 1 tbsp amount in hand and shape them into round balls. Follow this process till all the goli’s are made and then keep them aside on a plate.
In the same pan, add more oil and saute the dry spices and veggies together for few minutes.
Then remove this mixture to a bowl.
In the same pan, add more oil and cook the uncooked dal goli’s till they are cooked on both sides.
Then add the sauteed mixture to the cooked goli and saute everything together for a few minutes.
Do the final taste test and then turn off the heat.
Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.
These are best served hot as a snack or can be served along:
Roti or Parantha or Poori
Steamed Rice or Fried Rice
Bread or Buns
This can be stored in the fridge for upto 2-3 days.
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Saute the Dal/Lentil for Goli:
Saute the Veggies & Spices :
Cook the Dal Goli & Mix Everything:
Dal (Lentil): I'm using leftover cooked dal, you can use raw lentils like arhar, moong chana dal, or a mix of all. If using raw, cook them as you make any dal and then let them cool completely.
Veggies: I like using carrots and cilantro in this recipe as they go really well with the mild lentil taste. You can use seasonal veggies of choice too,
Mustard Seeds: It adds a nice light spice flavor to the dish, but you can also use 'cummin seeds' instead.