‘Pakode‘ or ‘Pakore‘ of fritters are one of the best known appetizers,finger foods,street food across India.Although, they are commonly made with Bengal gram flour as street food,this can also be made from yellow ‘moong dal‘ or skinned green gram legume.These fritters are called ‘moong dal ke pakode‘-skinned green gram fritters or ‘mungodi‘.It can be eaten as a curry or eaten with mint chutney or spicy tomato chutney or sauce.It is best served with ginger tea and tastes wonderful specially when it rains outside.You will fall in love with this Indian street food which is very famous around the states of Uttar Pradesh,Rajasthan and Delhi,once you make it at home.
Scroll down to read the recipe of Moong dal ke pakode:
- 1 cup moong dal/yellow mung lentils
- 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped roughly
- ½ inch ginger, chopped
- a pinch of asafoetida/hing
- 1 tsp whole black pepper/sabut kalimirch
- 1 tsp coriander seeds/sabut dhania
- ⅛th cup water or as required
- salt as required
- oil for deep frying or shallow frying
- Soak moong dal in enough water for about 3-4 hours or overnight.
- Drain the water and add them to the grinder along with chopped green chilies, ginger and asafeotida.
- Add water and grind to a smooth paste.
- Coarsely crush the black pepper and coriander seeds in a mortar-pestle.Add these to the ground moong dal batter.
- Add salt and mix well.
- Stir the batter vigorously for a few minutes.
- Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
- Drop spoonfuls of the moong dal batter in medium hot oil and fry till crisp and golden.
- Drain the moong dal bhajiya on paper napkins to remove excess oil.
- Serve the moong dal bhajiyas hot or warm with coriander chutney, tamarind chutney or just plain tomato ketchup.