Wednesday, January 29, 2020


These black urad dal pakodas are a speciality of Uttarakhand.  Whenever there is a wedding or a festival or any family function these pakoras are always made.
For making the pakodas we have to soak the whole black urad dal over night and grind it coarsely. Then we add finely chopped onions, green chillies, coriander leaves, spice powders and salt. Small portion of this batter is flattened on a wet palm and before dropping them in the oil we coat them with sesame seeds. They taste divine.
You can fry them in any shape. Just flatten them or make a hole like vadas. I prefer the vada shape as it fries well inside too.

This recipe is part of the , "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" challenge where a group of bloggers are paired with a different partner each month. They choose two secret ingredients from the chosen theme and we have to prepare the dish using them.

I am paired with Jayashree Trao who gave me Black Urad Dal and Onions .
Check out her website, Evergreen Dishes for the recipe of  Kafuli  that she made with the 2 secret ingredients, Fenugreek (methi) leaves and salt.

Now let us proceed with the recipe.

Black urad dal ... 200 gms
Onions ............. 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Green chillies .... 2 or more
Coriander leaves ... 1/4 cup
Salt ........................ to taste
Garam masala powder.. 1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds .............. as needed for coating.
Oil ....................... for frying

1. Soak the whole black urad dal overnight.
2. Drain the water and rinse it well.
3. Grind it coarsely.
4. Add the onions, green chillies,coriander leaves, garam masala powder and salt.
5. Mix everything properly.
6. Take a small portion of the batter and flatten it on a wet palm.
7. Coat with sesame seeds.
8. Heat oil in a pan and fry the pakoras until crisp.
9. Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.

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  1. Urad dal fritters look perfect tea time treats ! Feel like grabbing a couple from the screen itself.

  2. The urad dal vadas sound so flavourful, and look crispy and utterly delicious! Actually, they sound like a cross between the South Indian medu vada and masala vada.

    I'm intrigued. Will be trying this out shortly.

    1. Very true .. as you rightly said they are a combination of both.

  3. Seems to be a distant cousin of south Indian medhu vada :-)
    Loved the rustic color of the vada due to black gram dhall .

  4. Love the so earthy colour of urad dal ke pakode. Coated with sesame seeds it looks very tempting. Perfect tea time treat.

  5. I had never thought of making wadas with black urad. This is interesting and looks like a good snack to munch.

    1. Yes Jauashree .. these taste so yummy as we add garam masala also.

  6. Urad dal pokade looks very crispy, using black urad dal made it more healthy. The way sesame seeds added on it looks yummy.

  7. They look so yum and crispy. It is tea time here, and I feel grabbing one of the screen. Looks delicious

  8. Udad dal ke pakode looks so crispy and delicious. Something like udad dal vada but I think its more spicy. I would love to try it sometime.

    1. You must try them Sujata.. they taste so good.

  9. Love the way you have used black urad dal to make fritters and it looks absolutely delicious


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