Saturday, September 21, 2013


BM # 32   Week 2
Theme : Regional
Cooking with alphabets 'R'

Even though I have a few Bengali friends, I have not really tasted much of this cuisine. With these marathons I have made a few Bengali dishes. Radhavallabhi was on my mind since long and it fitted perfectly with the regional theme. Radhavallabhi is a stuffed poori. The stuffing is made by grinding the channa daal, cooking and spicing it to make the stuffing. These are pretty simple to make , specially since I normally make Bedmi's. Bedmi's are stuffed daal pooris too, but from Rajasthan.

These poori's are normally served with Aaloor Dum, but I served them with a simpler version of potatoes, coriander chutney and apple walnut chutney.

1 cup maida
2 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup warm water
Take flour in a bowl.
Add ghee and salt.
Mix like bread crumbs.
Adding warm water , very gradually knead the dough.The dough should be semi soft.

1/2 cup channa daal/ Bengal gram
1 tsp ginger green chilly paste
1/2 tsp asafetida
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp bhaaja masala
Salt to taste
Soak the daal for 4-6 hours.
Grind to a fine paste.
Heat oil, add asafetida and fennel seeds.
Add the daal paste and cook on full flame.
This shall stick , but continue stirring and cook till all the moisture has dried.
Add the bhaaja masala and salt.
Remove from fire and cool.
Make balls from this and keep aside till needed.

Bhaaja Masala
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 dry red chilly
Grind to a powder

Making the Poori's
Heat oil in a pan.
Make lemon sized, or a little larger balls.
Roll it into a small disc.
Place the prepared stuffing ball.
Bring the sides of the disc together and seal the ball.
Flatten it with your palms.
Lightly roll the poori.
Fry in hot oil, pouring hot oil over the poori with the help of a spatula.
This shall help it to puff up.
Flip over, very carefully and fry the other side too.
Repeat for other pooris.
Serve hot with a curry.

These poori's came out very well , though I found little difference between Bedmi and Radhavallabhi

With this post we come to the end of third week, where I posted all Regional Recipes..

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  1. Oh! Those yummy stuffed pooris makes me hungry in the middle of night! Lovely..

  2. Those stuffed pooris is just incredible, the name of the dish is just very catchy.

  3. wow these stuffed poori's looks super delicious and very yummy accompaniment too :) Very very nice choice for letter R .. i never knew they even call bedmi poori as radhavallabhi :) thanks for sharing dear !!

    1. Manjula..Bedmi poori is from Rajasthan with urad daal stuffing while Radhavallabhi is from Bengal with channa daal stuffing!

  4. Never heard of this bengali recipe.Name is so interesting

  5. Ah the name was catchy!..and the pooris are amazing..will surely have to try these Vaishali..

  6. Never heard the Radhavallabhi name! such a cute name for the dish. Your presentation as always rocks vaishali!

  7. The name itself is so pretty. The dish is awesome of course.

  8. When I read the title, I thought Radhavallabhi was a sweet/ dessert!!!! Stuffing with chana dal sounds yumm.. will have to try this sometime.

  9. never heard of this, i didnt know what to expect after reading the name, this looks so good. you are giving so many options to cook this BM

  10. love the name of the dish!!! and so is the beautiful poori / kachori!!! these are bookmarked!!


  11. From th ename I thought it to be a recipe for a sweet. Your pooris have come out so well and I like th eway you have presented to show the filling inside the pooris.

  12. Loved the name ,Vaishali. And the last pic is literally making me hungry now.

  13. Such a sweet name for this poori! I also thought it would be a sweet :)

  14. yummy looking poori - will have to make them next time I cook my Bengali dishes - this would be so yummy with the other Bengali dishes I have tried

  15. The name sounds so divine! Awesome recipe!

  16. The stuffed puri's look very delicious Vaishali and such a catchy name:-)

  17. Stuffed poori look so tasty and delicious

  18. The name is quite interesting. And the combination of all the dishes sounds yummm...

  19. I was thinking this was a sweet. Guess I was wrong. This is quite like kachoris only there you have a urid dal stuffing right?

    Love the variation.