Saturday, 9 October 2010

Daal er Bora (Lentil Puffs)

Your daily source of delicious protien, sans blood and sinews :-)

Mushur daal, split red lentils.
Red onions--peeled and chopped.
Green chilies.
Salt, sugar.
Other optional spices (roasted cinnamon, dry-ground; corinader+cumin; allspice)

How to:
Wash the lentils thoroughly under a running tap. Soak the daal in room-temp water for at least 30 minutes, preferably a hour. Drain after, and put the daal in a food processor/mixie. Top with with chopped red onions and chilies, a teaspoon of salt and about two tablespoons of sugar (unless you don't want the sweet undertone, in which case moderate, but use at least half a teaspoon for flavouring). Make a fairly smooth paste.

Scoop the paste out into a bowl. Mix the optional spices in. Some people add more chopped green chilies and diced red onions at this stage, for the crunchy in-my-mouth feeling. Heat oil in a wok. Deep fry the batter in batches of large teardrops on a medium to high flame.

Drain with a chhyanta or on kitchen towels/tissues. Serve with pickles or chutney. We also eat it with rice and daal, or with rice and mustard oil, with a green chilli on the side. But it can also be served as an accompaniment to tea, or stored for a week or so to just to munch on. If at any time you think the crispness is waning, put it in the oven/toaster-oven for a minute, and it'll be crisp again :-)


Dea-chan said...

Oooh FRIED lentil balls. It's never occured to me. Although, with how much I love fried risotto balls...

Dea-chan said...

Y'know, I think I'm going to make these soon -- as I'm pulling the lentils back from my house. :-P

Aparajita said...

Hey Tarla Dalal, why don't you update your other blog any more? and by the way, don't pay any patta to whoever said your blog does not look nice. it's delicious.. you can actually see the oil glistening on the chops and the multi-hued wholesomeness of the vegetables.

Aparajita said...

sorry, whoever, who said

Rimi said...

T--take pics! I want to know how it went! And a pantry is a MUST. Even if is a row of broad shelves--like a food-cupboard.

Aparajita--haha! Thanks so much. And re the other blog, well...I'm lazy. I frequently have much to say but not the patience to write it down.

Dea-chan said...

Damn, is there a way to do this WITHOUT a food processor? It's not looking like it... :-(

Dea-chan said...

it's saddening :-P

Manidipa Bhaumik said...

Daler bora one of my all time fav...mouthwatering.

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