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.
See the recipe video