Urad dal ke pakode is a tasty treat made on all auspicious occasions – marriages, birthdays, Mundan, and also during Diwali. It is also made as an offering to the Gods. Urad is considered an auspicious grain in Uttarakhand. Therefore a celebration is never complete without these delicious urad dal pakodas. On days when it is not used as an offering, finely chopped onions and coriander leaves are added. Posting the traditional one today.
250 gms Urad dal/ split black gram
1 tsp coarsely crushed seeds
6 green chillies chopped fine
1 tsp garam masala
Sesame seeds (optional)
Oil to fry the pakoda
Wash and soak the Urad dal for five hours. Drain and grind the dal in a wet grinder or in the mixer to a smooth and fluffy batter. Tip into a bowl. Add the finely chopped chillies, coarsely crushed cumin seeds, garam masala and salt. Mix thoroughly.
Heat oil in a pan. Drop in tiny portions of the batter into the hot oil and deep fry them to a deep golden yellow. Transfer them on to a paper towel. Serve with chutney or tomato ketchup.
Note: if using the sesame seeds, balls of the batter have to be dropped into sesame seeds and then fried.
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