Thursday, February 9, 2012

Betel Oats Manchurian - My runner up recipe

Betel Oats manchurian

Having been the winner of the title "Oats queen" last year, I felt the urge to create a new dish this year and make it yet another successful one.

I spent a couple of days mind cooking a lot of combinations to bring out the best.

I displayed two recipes for the contest and one among them is this Betel Oats Manchurian. This recipe was way different from the others that were displayed for the contest and I was betting on it for the contest.

Just as I thought, I won the second place too for this recipe :) :) All smiles :)

Felt happy to have lost the first place to my mom. She is my mentor and she deserves to win the title this year :)

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My new home has a beautiful garden with loads of pretty plants. One such pretty plant that I admire is the betel plant. The leaves are so fresh always and since the time I stepped into the house I have been thinking of using these leaves in some recipe of mine.

The time had come for the leaves to be used for a recipe and that too for a winning recipe :)

I used betel leaves along with Saffola oats and MHP's Masala vada mix to make these manchurian balls. The betel leaves gave a distinct flavor which was literally unbeatable :) The fact that manchurian is a favorite for many was the advantage factor for me to sell these easily :)

The different combination that I tried out clicked so well that it stole the hearts of many who had witnessed the contest :)

Trust me and give it a try. I'm sure you would fall for it as well :)

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Oats – ½ cup

Betel leaves (Vethalai / Thamalaku) – 20

Carrots - 2

Maida – 2 tblsp

Corn flour – 2 tblsp

Bengal gram dhall(Kadala paruppu) – 1 cup

Green chillies – 2

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Onions – 2

Curry leaves

Salt – for taste

Cooking soda – ¼ tsp

For sauce –

Corn flour – 2 tblsp

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp

Tomato sauce – 4 tblsp

Soy sauce – 1 tsp

Chili powder – ½ tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Coriander leaves

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Soak Bengal gram dhall for 1 hour. Grind the dhall coarsely without adding much of water.

Powder the oats coarsely.

Grate carrots and grind green chillies and ginger.

Chop the betel leaves and onions finely.

Take oats, ground Bengal gram dhall, corn flour, maida, green chilly ginger paste, chopped onoin, chopped betel leaves, salt and soda in a bowl. Add water little by little and mix until it comes to vada batter consistency. Leave it closed for 15 mins.

Now pinch small portions and roll them into balls. Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry until golden brown and keep it aside.

Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add ginger garlic paste and fry for a min. Now add tomato sauce, soy sauce, chili powder and sugar.

Dilute corn flour in ½ cup of water and add it to the pan. Simmer the stove and keep stirring until it becomes thick and shiny.

Now drop in the above made balls and mix until well coated. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with hot tea.

Enjoy eating delicious and flavorful manchurian balls :)

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Written by: Nithya
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La @ FoodSlice said...

Wow, i was somehow expecting betel nuts when i heard about this in your previous post. I usually throw out extra betel leaves when we buy them during puja times. These look perfect. Your creativity is just wow!

Madhura said...

That sounds like a interesting recipe :)
Congrats on winning the contest.. your next post should be the winning recipe from your mom ;)

Rekha shoban said...

very interesting and innovative manchurian!! congrats on the contest....the tea pot set looks cute and beautiful nithi!

Tina said...

oats and betel ..what a combination yaar...manchuriann sounds interesting.

radha said...

What did your mom make?

radha said...

oops saw the winning recipe when I scrolled down.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Interesting and a innovative recipe.Using betel leaves in the cooking is very new to me and feel like grabbing the balls from the screen.

Farah said...

very new! iv never tasted a betal leaf in my life!maybe its i try this one...lovely pics!

Srivalli said...

That's really so innovative are amazing as always!..

jeyashrisuresh said...

Congrats nithi and hats off to ur innovation

Priyanka said...

That a very innovative and inviting recipe. Congrats on winning share your mom's recipe too :)
The photos are very beautiful

Nithu Bala said...

Lovely recipe...congrats to you and your Mom:-)

Alpana said...

Very Very creative........Love it.......moreso love the betel vine in one of your pics.

Sravs said...

So innovative and awesome color !! well presented !!

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking betel oats Manchurian. Excellent preparation.

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MindfulMeanderer said...

what an idea :) Well deserved!

Aarthi said...

very unique dish

Umm Mymoonah said...

I didn't know we can eat betel leaves. Wow! That's really interesting. Congratulations for both mum and daughter on winning the contest.

Shanthi said...

Congrats and sounds innovative

Devi said...

Wow... that is totally out of the world creative thinking!! Congratulations!! looks delicious:)

revathi said...

Betel oats vada is quite similar to betel leaf rice vadai "vetrilai vadai", isn't it!! but converting it into an all time classic Manchurian is something superb..:)

Congrats Nithya to you and your Mom on winning the contest ... truly deserving..

Az said...

They look super cute and delicious...

Vrinda said...

Congrats to u & Mom..very innovative recipe n lovely clicks as usual..

sangee vijay said...

very innovative and interesting recipe...looks perfect n tempting...Congrats on winning the contest!
loved your tea pot set n your clicks!!
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cumincoriandercardamom said...

I dont think anybody would have thought to cook with Betal leaves.. amazing

Vimitha Anand said...

Flavorful combo Nits. No wonder the recipe bagged the win
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Kitchen Flavours said...

Congrats....never tried betel leaves in recipe....i liked that innovative idea of pairing up oats and rock...recipe looks drool worthy....


This is so new to me!!! Looking delish! :)

Congrats on winning the contest...wish you more to come.

Lovely shots!

Kavitha Bhargav said...

Sounds good. I like the last photo.

indianspicemagic said...

congrats dear.very innovative recipe.

Kavi | Edible Entertainment said...

Wow, this is so innovative! Love the recipe. I shall try it out soon. :)

Vidhya said...

Congrats on winning the contest.Manchurian sounds and looks so scrumptious.

Jayasri Ravi said...

wow, you are very innovative, superb, looks so delicious., Mum has a betel plant back home, when on my next visit to India, I am definitely going to try this.., did it have the sharp taste of the betel leaves..beautiful clicks too...

Angie's Recipes said...

A very beautiful and creative oat recipe.

anubhavati said...

Hi Nithya,

COngrats to you and mom on winning this year! Her recipe is so yumm too! When I saw your title I remembered seeing betel leaf rasam on nag`s web sounded so deliciious and betel is an amazing leaf with therauptic properties. Where is your new home? T.Nagar???


Archana said...

Wow congrats. love them.

Pari said...

Very innovative dear. I could have never imagined using betel leaves like this. Too good!!



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