Lentil and Dill Leaf Pakora (Fritters) Recipe

Updated on May 31, 2019
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Lentil and dill leaf pakora (fritters)
Lentil and dill leaf pakora (fritters)

Pakora Are Quick, Easy, and Delectable!

Pakora are Indian fritters. This particular recipe combines dill leaf with lentil batter to make a delightfully spicy, crunchy, and protein-rich snack. Children and adults alike love it!

Dill leaf is one of my favorite herbs. The aroma of its deep-green leaves is lovely, and it's full of nutrients and antioxidants.

You can serve these fritters with coconut chutney, green chutney, or tomato sauce.

5 stars for Lentil and Dill Leaf Pakora (Fritters)

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (loosely packed) dill leaves, washed, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1 cup urad dal (white lentils), washed, soaked in fresh water for 2-3 hours, drained
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Instructions

  1. In a mixer or blender, add green chilies, peppercorns, and pieces of ginger. Roughly blend. Collect the mixture in a bowl.
  2. In the same blender, add soaked urad dal (white lentils). Grind by adding a very small amount of water, just to get a smooth batter.
  3. Collect the batter in a mixing bowl. Beat the batter for a few minutes to aerate. This process makes the batter light and fluffy.
  4. Add spice mixture, chopped dill leaves, and salt. Blend well and set aside.
  5. Heat oil for deep-frying. Wet your fingers and take out small portions of the batter. Gently slide them into the medium-high hot oil. They take round shape when they are immersed in the hot oil.
  6. Don't overcrowd them. Turn occasionally to ensure uniform frying on all sides.
  7. When they become golden brown and crispy, remove them to an absorbent paper towel.
  8. Repeat this process with the remaining batter. Mouth-watering lentil and dill leaf pakora are now ready to enjoy.
  9. Serve hot with coconut chutney, green chutney, or tomato sauce.

Photo Tutorial

Step one: Wash and soak white lentils in fresh water for 2-3 hours. Separate the lentils from the water.
Step one: Wash and soak white lentils in fresh water for 2-3 hours. Separate the lentils from the water.
Step two: Mince green chilies, ginger, and peppercorns in a blender or mixer.
Step two: Mince green chilies, ginger, and peppercorns in a blender or mixer.
The spice mixture
The spice mixture
Step three: Grind soaked white lentils by adding a very small amount of water (just enough to make the grinding easy).
Step three: Grind soaked white lentils by adding a very small amount of water (just enough to make the grinding easy).
Collect batter in a mixing bowl and allow it to aerate. Add chopped dill leaves, spice mixture, and salt. Mix well.
Collect batter in a mixing bowl and allow it to aerate. Add chopped dill leaves, spice mixture, and salt. Mix well.
Step four: Heat the oil for deep-frying. Wet your  fingers and take out small portions of the batter. Gently drop them into the medium-hot oil.
Step four: Heat the oil for deep-frying. Wet your fingers and take out small portions of the batter. Gently drop them into the medium-hot oil.
Turn them occasionally to ensure uniform frying. Fry until the fritters are golden brown and crunchy. Remove them onto an absorbent paper towel.
Turn them occasionally to ensure uniform frying. Fry until the fritters are golden brown and crunchy. Remove them onto an absorbent paper towel.
Lentil and dill leaf pakora (fritters)
Lentil and dill leaf pakora (fritters)
Serve hot with coconut chutney, green chutney, or tomato sauce. Enjoy eating the smoky-flavored fritters!
Serve hot with coconut chutney, green chutney, or tomato sauce. Enjoy eating the smoky-flavored fritters!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 108
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 28 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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