Intro: Indian Moong Bean Fritter (Moong Bhajiya)
Ahh.. the sinful fried food. Sinful yet mouth watering, sometimes so delicious that it can even breaks the diet vows :). The name Indian Moong Bean Friiter may sound like a 5-star recipe but in reality a homely Indian recipe loved across India and other parts of the world, from streets to home and to restaurant, this food is lovingly made & served and commonly known as Moong Bhajiya or Moongoda.
These fritters are popular because almost every Indian home, house the ingredients used in the recipe and are staple. They are easy to make and tastes awesome and unique. There are ready to make packages available but trust me nothing beats the freshly made Moongodas.
They are adored by vegetarians and loved by vegans (no animal product used). If you have the right recipe like this, they are super easy to make.
My mom inherited this recipe from my beloved grandmother and I swear to god, she makes them taste heavenly. Sounds yummm??? Lets get started.
Preparation Time : 30 Mins (Excluding Overnight soaking)
Cooking Time: 5-10 Mins
Servings: 8 (Trust me, only 2 people can finish it :D, it is so delicious )
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Step 1: Ingredients
Please refer the images above to have a good idea about the ingredients:
- Split Moong Bean: 250gms
- Medium Size Red Onions: 2
- Green Chillies (Thin): 6-8
- Ginger Root : 2 Pieces about 1inch.
- Coriander or Cilantro Leaves: About 50gms
- Paprika Powder: 2 teaspoonful
- Salt : As per taste
- Dried Coriander seed powder: 2-3 Teaspoonful
- Asafoetida (Heeng) Powder: 1/5 Teaspoonful
For Chutney and garnishing:
- Red Tomatoes Medium Sized : 2
- Green Chilly Thin : 2
- Cumin Seeds: 1 teaspoonful
- Paprika Powder: 1 teaspoonful or 1/2
- Lemon: 1
- Mixer Grinder
- Deep Frying Pan
- Spatula with holes
- Kitchen paper towels or kitchen tissue.
Step 2: Preparation
- Wash beans in cold water.
- Put it in a deep bowl with water.
- Make sure that the bowl is deep, so that soaked beans don't erupt outside in the morning.
- Leave it overnight
Once the beans are soaked nicely (See Image 1):
- Wash them again, you will notice that beans and shell are separated.
- Drain off all the water (See Image 1)
- Take a handful of soaked beans and keep them separate. (This will make the moongodas more crunchy).
- In the mixer grinder, grind the remaining beans, the texture should be coarse (See Image 2).
Transfer the batter in a big bowl and do as follows:
- Finely Chop Onions, Green chillies (about 6), Ginger Root and Coriander (Cilantro) (See Image 3).
- Now add paprika, salt ,dried coriander powder and asafoetida powder in the batter (See Image 4)
- Add onions, chillies, ginger and coriander. (See Image 5) and also handful soaked beans, we kept separate.
The batter is ready, now while the aroma of spices is enhancing the batter, lets prepare some sauce (Chutney) in the meantime.
Step 3: Making the Chutney(Sauce)
- Cut 2 tomatoes, 2 green chillies, 2 handful of coriander leaves.
- Add salt to taste (a little extra salt is better), some paprika, some cumin seeds (You can add these after grinding too)
- Put them in the grinder. (See Image 1)
- Grind it
- Deep fry 4-5 green chillies till they turn yellowish (See Image 2)
- Take them out on on tissue paper, sprinkle some salt and few drop of lemon. (See Image 3)
Step 4: Frying
- Heat the oil in the deep frying pan.
- Scoop a tablespoonful of batter and put in the hot oil (In India this is usually done using hands , because it give more control in the size and shape of fritters). I used hands, make sure they are very very clean if you choose to use them. I chose to make them little flat, unlike balls, because this way its easier to avoid over-frying.
- Put more scoops unless there is no space in the pan to put one more (See Image 1).
- When the edges of the fritters starts turning golden brown, flip to fry the other side (See image 2) using the spatula
- When the other side is also golden brown, take them out one by one using spatula draining access oil. Keep them on tissue paper in a plate to absorb access oil (See Image 3)
I hope you liked and enjoyed this ible as much as I did it in cooking the fritters and making an ible. Thank you for reading this ible. If you like it, please vote.
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