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Moong Dal Pakoda

By Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, 28 Apr, 2017

    Moong Dal Pakoda By Chef Harpal Sokhi

     

    Ingredients 

     
    
2 cups soaked yellow lentils (moong dal) 

    1 small onion, chopped 
    1 tsp ginger, chopped 

    3-4 green chillies

    1 tsp cumin seeds 

    ½ tsp red chilli powder 

    1 tsp turmeric 

    Salt to taste

    ¼ tsp asafoetida (hing) 

    2 tbsps coriander, chopped 

    Oil for deep-frying
     
    
For ginger tomato chutney:
     
    
½ tsp asafoetida
1½ tbsp ginger, chopped 
    5 dried red chillies
3 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped 
    Salt to taste 
1 tbsp coriander powder 
    1 tsp red chilli powder 
Juice of ½ a lemon 

For the tempering:
1 tsp mustard seeds 
A pinch of asafoetida 
1 tsp whole black gram (urad dal)
5-6 curry leaves 

     
     
    Preparation
    First coarsely grind the soaked yellow lentils. Now add chopped onion, ginger, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, asafoetida, and chopped coriander. Mix all the ingredients together and deep-fry until light golden brown.

Remove the pakodas and press it with your hands or spoon and reheat oil on a high temperature. Deep-fry the pakodas again for extra crispiness and until golden brown, keep it aside.

For the tomato and ginger chutney, heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida, chopped ginger, dried red chillies, tomatoes, and salt, mix it nicely. Add coriander powder and red chilli powder and cook it until the tomato turns pulpy.

Remove the mixture in a bowl and let it cool. Then grind it to a paste.

For tempering of the chutney, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, asafoetida, and whole black gram, and let it crackle. Then transfer the tomato and ginger paste.

Lastly add curry leaves, and lemon juice and serve it hot with pakodas.
     

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