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chana dal pakora recipe

chana dal pakora recipe
Recipe type: kids
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
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chana dal pakora – crisp and soft pakoras or fritters made with ground bengal gram.
  • for grinding the batter:
  • ½ cup chana dal/bengal gram
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2-3 small garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 green chili, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • a pinch of baking soda (optional)
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp water for grinding
  • other ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion to be added later to the ground batter
  • ½ to ¾ tbsp chopped coriander leaves can also be added later in the batter
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying or shallow frying
  1. pick and then rinse the dal for a couple of times in water.
  2. soak the chana dal in enough water for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
  3. drain the soaked dal and add them to the grinder.
  4. add 1.5 to 2 tbsp chopped onion along with the chopped green chilies, ginger and garlic, asafoetida, fennel seeds, cumin seeds in the grinder.
  5. add 1.5 to 2 tbsp water and grind to a smooth batter.
  6. take the ground batter in a bowl. add 2 tbsp chopped onion and salt.
  7. also add a pinch of baking soda if using. mix the batter very well.
  8. heat oil for deep frying in a pan or kadai. drop spoonfuls of the batter in medium hot oil.
  9. fry the chana dal pakoras till crisp and golden. drain the pakoras on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  10. serve chana dal pakoras hot or warm with green chutney or coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.
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