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Moong Dal Pakoda – Lentil Fritters

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Moong Dal Pakoda (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the winter weather!

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

 

 

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Moong Dal Pakoda Ingredients

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Chili Garlic Chutney Ingredients

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Chili Garlic Chutney

Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

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Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!
Moong Dal Pakoda - Lentil Fritters
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Moong Dal Pakoda - Lentil Fritters is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: festive, traditional
Servings: 6
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow moong dal (petite split yellow lentils) , soaked in warm water for 2-3 hours
  • 1/2 cup methi (fenugreek leaves) , chopped
  • 1/2 cup spring onions , chopped
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 2 tbsp carrots , finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger , minced
  • 1 tsp green chili , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro , chopped
  • pinch asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds , crushed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds , crushed
  • 2 tsp rice flour  for extra crispiness
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • salt  to taste
  • 2 tsp oil , hot for adding to mixture
  • oil , for frying
Chili Garlic Chutney
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers
  • 14 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp deggi mirch masala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Rinse the dal and soak it for at least 2-3 hours or overnight in warm water. Then, drain the water, rinse the dal and then coarsely grind it with very little water.
  2. Add all of the ingredients and mix it so it forms a cohesive mixture.
    Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!
  3. Heat the oil for frying.
  4. Make small balls about 3-4 inch in diameter and drop them in the oil.
    Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!
  5. Cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

    Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!
  6. Serve with chutney and enjoy!
    Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!
Chili Garlic Chutney:
  1. Grind everything together into a thin paste and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve with moong dal pakodas!

Recipe Notes
  • You can add any vegetable of your choice (e.g. corn, spinach, bell pepprs) to the pakodas.
  • In Chili Garlic Chutney, instead of kashmiri chili powder and deggi mirch masala, you can use 3 dried red chilies soaked in warm water for 30 minutes.

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Moong Dal Pakodas (lentil fritters) is a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sakranti, the kite festival. Savor it with freshly made chili-garlic and cilantro-mint chutney! It’s crisped to perfection and a festive, texture-filled way to beat the weather!

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