Our Chennai host, Sundari is bringing you the recipe for a delicious and popular South Indian tea-time snack, dal fritters. Made with chickpeas and deep-fried to crispy perfection, dal fritters provide the health benefits of chickpeas along with the renowned tastiness of fried foods. Keep reading for a taste of traditional South Indian cuisine enjoyed straight from your own kitchen. Thank you Sundari!
South Indian Dal Fritters
1 1/2 cups (250g) split chickpeas (chana dal)
2/3 cup (100g) of red onions, chopped into long thin slices
2 dried red chilies
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup (25g) of cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped finely
2 strings (10g) of curry leaves, chopped finely
1 1/4 cup (250g) of oil for frying
Wash the split chickpeas (chana dal) and soak in water for 1 hour. Transfer them to a sieve to drain the water from the soaked dal.
Add the split chickpeas, red chilies, fennel seeds and salt to grinder (Don’t have access to a wet grinder? Check out this article for more information on this helpful appliance used to make curry paste, chutneys, and more). Grind into a coarse consistency without adding water. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl. Mix in cilantro leaves, onions, and chopped curry leaves.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. Using your palm, shape the mixture into round patties (see picture). Gently slide the rounds into the oil.
Fry five fritters at a time on medium high heat. Constantly turn over the patties to ensure even frying. When they turn crispy and golden brown, remove them from the pan. Place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Serve up the dal fritters with ketchup or South Indian coconut chutney. Enjoy!
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