Moong dal Pakoras/Mung lentil fritters

Moong dal Pakoras/Mung lentil fritters

I remember enjoying this monsoon delicacy during my college days with friends at a local tea shop nearby while it was  pouring outside! Ah.. Such lovely times. Trust me, these pakoras taste even better while chatting and laughing with loved ones!

Fun Fact: Under the Mughal rulers there was a very important celebration called jashn-e- Tajposhi, and the night before the celebration was called "Raatjaga" or staying awake the whole night. The Munshi (native interpreter) describes the start of the function in the evening as:

Time to soak the dal (lentils) as this is considered a good omen for the night of Celebration. The emperor’s chief consort will be the first to fill seven handfuls and put them in a broad, flat dish and the emperor would be the first to put the prepared dough in the kadai (wok) for frying the pakoras.

About : Moong dal pakoda is a famous Indian evening snack made out of lentils and spices. It is a delicious treat to enjoy during monsoons and winters with a hot cup of tea and spicy chutney or sauce to go with it. So, what are we waiting for?

Ingredients :

1- Moong lentils - 1 cup

2- Ginger- 1 inch piece grated

3- Green chillies- 2 chopped

4- Onion- 1/2 chopped

5- Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp

6- Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp

7- Salt- 1/2 tsp

8- Coriander- fresh handful

Method :

Step 1-  Wash the lentils thoroughly with water and soak the lentils in a large bowl with water for 4 hours.

Step 2- Chop Onion, green chillies, coriander leaves and grate ginger. ( I used dried coriander in this recipe as I was running out of the fresh coriander leaves)

Step 3- In a mixer jar add the soaked lentils with few spoons of water and blitz it just for 5-6 seconds. We want the mixture to be course.

Step 4- Empty the contents from the jar to a bowl and add all the other ingredients and mix well. The consistency of the batter should be thick and not runny.

Step 4- Heat a pot of oil and drop the batter in hot oil, spoon by spoon and fry it until golden brown.

Step 5- Sprinkle chaat masala on the top for extra flavour and serve hot with your favourite sauce. I served moong dal pakoras with momo chutney.


1- You can replace coriander leaves with few curry leaves if you like south Indian twist.

2- Add 2 tsp of rice flour if the batter becomes runny.

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Haifa kz

Haifa kz

Welcome!❤️ I am so glad you’re here. My name is Haifa, creator of Yummylah. My goal is to inspire you to make healthy home cooked food, and my recipes are cut to the chase to suit your busy life.