Mung Dal Fritters – Baked Moong Dal Pakoda. Petite yellow lentils (split and skinned mung beans) soaked and blended to a batter to make pakoda/Bhajji with onions and greens. Use red lentils or chickpea flour for variation. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe
These easy fritters use moong dal / Mung dal which are split and skinned green moong beans. Moong Dal is often used to make dishes where chickpea flour is used, such as pancakes, fritters /pakora etc. Moong Dal is often called petite yellow lentils in grocery stores like whole foods. See Dal names and photos here. Mung Dal makes soft nutty fritters. Add just onions and greens or add shredded veggies of choice to this versatile batter. You can use red lentils (split red lentils) to make these fritters as well. Red lentil batter does not hold its shape as well.
There are many kinds of pakoda/ pakora/bhajji/fritters in Indian cuisine. Some use besan(gram flour), chickpea flour, other bean or pea flour, some others use soaked moong dal or urad dal to make the batter. Some are simple spiced with cumin, mustard or carom seeds, some use have a tempering with curry leaves, and some others use spice blends. Most are deep fried.
Make these moong dal pakoda for a change from chickpea flour fritters. Serve with Mint Cilantro Chutney or other chutneys of choice or with Kadhi (spiced yogurt sauce). You can also use the batter to make thin pancakes like chickpea flour pancakes and serve for snack or breakfast. Let me know in the comments how they turned out!
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- 1 cup moong dal (petite yellow lentils)
- 1 inch knob of ginger
- 1 hot green chili or cayenne to taste (1/4 tsp)
- ½ to 1 tsp garam masala or curry powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¾ to 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp oil
- ⅓ cup or more water
- ½ cup finely chopped cilantro, loosely packed
- 1½ cup packed finely chopped spinach or rainbow chard, loosely packed
- ¾ heaping cup finely chopped red onion
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- Soak the Mung dal in hot water for 15 minutes or 1 hour. Longer works best. Drain and add to blender. Add ginger, chili, garam masala, turmeric, salt, baking powder, oil and ¼ cup water. Blend to a smooth thick batter. Add more water if needed. Keep the batter thick so it can hold its shape while baking. Thinner batter tends to flatten.
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Add the chopped cilantro, greens, onion and garlic and fold in. Using a Tablespoon or ice cream scoop, drop spoonfuls of the batter on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Lightly spray oil on top. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes until golden on the edges.
- Add sprinkle of chaat masala on the fritters (optional). Serve with chutneys (Mint Cilantro Chutney or tomato chutney) or ketchup or add to kadhi (non dairy yogurt sauce) or curry.
For chickpea flour batter: Use ¾ cup chickpea flour, 1 tbsp rice flour, 2 tbsp non dairy yogurt, ⅓ cup or more water to make a thick batter. Add minced ginger, minced green chile and spices from above. Fold in the cilantro, spinach, onion and other vegetables if using. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes.
Make Moong Dal chilla/pancakes: Spread the batter on a skillet over medium heat. drop a few drops of oil on the edges. Cook until golden, flip and cook for a few mins and serve with ketchup or chutneys.