Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Prize-Winning Squash Vadas (Steamed Squash Dumplings)

warm your body by the fire
let your spirit be at peace
warm your heart with friends
rest a while your soul at ease
warm is the feeling of our joy
we're drawn together you and me
warmed by the season's cheer
so sweet we singin in harmony

This is a very special post for a special someone, who has the strength and courage to smile in the face of trouble. Someone who faces the worst fears with a smile...Barbara, who I met just today in this virtual world of blogging; and who has floored me with her strong yet loving demeanour. Going through her chemotherapy...she still takes time to enjoy the beauty of life and all it has to offer.
Two of her friends, Bron (of Bron Marshall) and Ilva (of Lucullian Delights) are sending her a 'virtual hug'. I wanted to send one too.
So here I am sending her way a small token of love. This recipe is made from the seasonal squash and is steamed not fried, so its healthy and filling.

Infact this recipe of mine had won me the 2nd runner up place in the recently held Hong Kong food festival at Ngong Ping here. It was marked on originality, creativity and minimality of ingredients alongwith ofcourse the health and taste factor.

I used organic squash as they are easily available in this season and the chives-tempering adds the necessary zing to the otherwise humble dish.Its healthy, filling and nutritious.

I am all about simplicity in food without forgoing on taste or health.Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Heres' the prize-winning recipe for a heart-winning soul. :)
Squash Vadas (Steamed Squash Dumplings)
2 cups finely grated squash
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/3 cup bengal gram flour/chick pea flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp ground ginger powder
1 tbsp oil
For tempering-
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp finely chopped chives

In a bowl mix the grated squash with all the other ingredients.
Mix well.Add a little water(if required)and knead to form dough like consistency.
Break a piece and make small ping-pong sized balls,using your palm.
Place in a lined steamer for 15 mins. The dumplings will double in size.
Cool for a minute.
In a wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add the chives, once the oil is heated. Finally add the vadas/dumplings into the wok and toss lightly.
Serve with ketchup or your favourite chutney.

Nutritional Information-
This dish is as healthy as it can get, without compromising on flavour/taste.
It is made with the seasonal(winter) vegetable squash which is beneficial to the evironment, as seasonal produce are the best from nature and good for Mother Earth.
Ths dish is steamed not fried, so no trans fat.
It has whole wheat flour and chick pea flour, which give fibre and protien, respectively to the dish.
The recipe calls for ginger which as per 'ayurveda' cures flatulence and aids digestion.
It has cumin which reduces the risk of stomach and liver tumors and has antiseptical properties.


  1. Navita thank you. Thank you for your kind words and delicious recipe. It is nice to discover your blog. I'm sending a virtual hug right back to you.

  2. I can feel the warmth Barbara! :)

  3. Thank you for sharing Navita, looks delicious

  4. Very nice recipe and such a sweet hug. I love her too:)

  5. Ur welcome Bron..i was only honoured.

    Harini I guess we all do ...I love the many friends...and such wonderful ppl...!!


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