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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Moong Dal Bhaji (Lentil Fritters / Pakodas / Dal Vada)

In India, every state and every city has it's own favorite street side food. Moong dal bhaji or as known in Ahmedabad - 'Dal Vada' is a favorite street side food in Gujarat, especially Ahmedabad, the birthplace of dal vada. There they serve it along with lightly fried, salted green chilies and salted onion pieces. The taste of hot crisp dal vadas with the chillies and the onions is seriously addictive. You can't just have one and stop.
So this is an attempt to create the same taste..

Moong Dal Bhaji (Lentil Fritters / Pakodas / Dal Vada)
Moong Dal Bhaji (Lentil Fritters / Pakodas / Dal Vada)
Moong Bhaji - Recipe
Moong Dal - 1 cup (Split moong lentils)
Green chillies - 4-5
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Cumin seeds - 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt and oil

1. Soak a cup of split moong dal for 4-5 hours.
Soaked Moong dal
Soaked Moong dal

2. Grind it into a smooth paste and keep aside.(The paste should be thick enough to lift it into a spoon. So don't add a lot of water.)
3. Grind green chillies, ginger, cumin seeds and coriander leaves coarsely.
4. Add this spice paste to the dal paste, add turmeric and red chilli powder and salt and mix well.
5. The batter is ready.
Moong Bhaji batter
Moong Bhaji batter
6. Heat oil in a pan/ kadhai for frying the fritters / bhajis / pakodas
7. Take small amount of batter in a spoon (size of a soup spoon for instance) and drop it slowly into the hot oil. Fry until the bhajis are golden brown and well cooked inside.
Serve it with fried salted green chillies or green chutney or ketchup or salted onions.


Moong Dal Bhaji (Lentil Fritters / Pakodas / Dal Vada)
Moong Dal Bhaji (Lentil Fritters / Pakodas / Dal Vada)


Some variations:
1. You can add garlic or chopped onions if you like to the bhaji batter.

42 comments:

  1. wow very crispy.. nice presentation dear

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  2. We make it with Besan flour!! Haven't tried with moong dal..Will try someday :)
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    1. We make pakodas with besan as well, they are called 'kanda bhaji' with lots of onions in it.

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  3. I think in Andhra, it is called Punugulu.

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  4. Very interesting recipe wld love to try it

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  5. never tried this... looks like something I have to try soon

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  6. this is definitely healthier than Besan Bajji!! Creative Alternation Mag!!

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Mythreyi. You can make it more healthier by substituting the split green gram dal

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  7. Looks yummy

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  8. Nice recipe, I do make these but I usually use green moong dal.

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  9. Delicious pakodas, looks so good!!

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  10. first time here...
    pakodas looks delicious and tempting :)
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  11. superb bhaji dear...lovely collection of recipes

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  13. Hi Friend
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    Moongdal fritters looks so yumm!! great tea time snack...loved it!!
    Spicy Treats

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  14. Perfect tea-time snack..
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  15. Looks so tempting, wanted to make this for a long time,but havenot tried :)

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  16. This looks absolutely mouthwatering! Wow, I love it!

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  17. So perfect and scrumptious! Thanks for your lovely comment and joining in my blog too!

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  18. truly tempting..excellent presentation
    Tasty Appetite

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  19. really nice .....a perfect tea time snack.

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