Crispy Daal Bhajias

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Serves 6-8

These lentil fritters are deliciously crunchy and are a perfect evening snack. I like to serve these with coconut chutney, but they also work as a great accompaniment for my channa bateta recipe.

1 mug
split red cowpeas/chola (kunde)
(1 and a half cups)
1 mug
split moong daal/green gram
(1 and a half cups)
onion, roughly chopped
green chillies, chopped
small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
(stems separated from leaves)
2 tsp
fresh methi/fenugreek leaves
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
2 tsp
oil for deep frying

Rinse out then soak the two lentils together for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.

Wash and sieve out as much of the peels as you can, they will mostly float to the top when you rub the grains. You might not be able to get out all the peels, but that's absolutely ok. Even if some remain, it's fine, that will make you bhajias/fritters even crispier. Wash and change the water several times until you're satisfied that the grains are clean and the water is clear. Remember to check for stones that will sink down to the bottom of the bowl during washing if you bought the freshly weighed-out variety.

To check for stones, fill Bowl 1 with the soaked grains and cover with water, then take a Bowl 2. Now gently with a side to side swishing motion, pour the grains with their water into the second bowl. Whenever the water starts reducing such that you can see the grains of Bowl 1, spill the water back from Bowl 2 into Bowl 1 and repeat with the swishing until all the grains have been swished into the Bowl 2. Be careful near the end, to check what is remaining in the bowl because if there are any stones, this technique will help sink them to the bottom of Bowl 1. So you can just scoop them out and chuck them. Repeat a second time just to be sure, you certainly wouldn't want some nasty stones in your yummy bhajias/fritters! 

Put the cleaned and drained lentils in a colander to drip out all the water, then add the roughly chopped onion, coriander stems (save the leaves for later), and green chillies.

Now using a food processor, grind these together to make a rough mixture. Do not add water whilst doing this unless you absolutely have to, and then also just add a tsp at a time until you can grind the mixture

Turn the mixture into a bowl and add the garlic paste and salt. Mix thoroughly, then just before frying add the chopped coriander leaves and some chopped methi (fenugreek). 

Heat oil in a deep pan and then pick small balls of the batter using your fingertips and gently drop them into the hot oil. Deep fry on medium heat until golden brown and crispy. Drain well on tissue and serve hot.


it shud be a rough mixture ? Is it ok if dont add methi leaves?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes I prefer a slightly rough texture for crispier bhajias. And yes you can omit methi leaves.

does it matter whether you use packet beans or tin beans??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You need the beans to be raw. Tinned ones are already precooked, they will not work.

is it ok if i dont use the coriander and the chilli

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Those two are necessary for good flavour.

Hi can i use whole lentils bc idont have split one

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes I think that should be fine. :)

Mrs Naeem's picture

Can I freez this bhajias batter for next time use if left some?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Best to use it within 2-3 days, in which case no need to freeze, simply refrigerate it in an airtight container. Remove it from the fridge about half an hour before you need to shape and fry. Make sure to mix the batter very well before frying to fluff it back up again.

What are these split red cowpeas/chola (kunde) And split moong daal/green gram called in urdu pakistan?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Chola are like rajma but round instead of long. Moong dal are known by that name anywhere, please google to see how they look. All these must be split/crushed...not whole grains.

Aa Fauzia, i tried this recipe and MashaAllah the bhajias were gud but the only problem was inside the bhajia they didnt cook very well. U know i used blender and added a little of water instead of processer coz i didnt have one. Plz advice where i went wrong

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks. Try making them a bit smaller and fry them on medium low heat to ensure they cook through to the inside.