Street Food Of North India

STREET FOOD OF NORTH INDIA

Hello and welcome again to my blog. Today was a rainy day and I was feeling slightly hungry. So on checking my fridge for available options, I found some ground split yellow peas and lots of spring onions which are found in abundance in winters in India. So an idea came to my mind to make this great snack which is also a popular one of rural north India. It is still sold in fairs and festivals of rural areas in parcels filled with murmura or puffed rice topped with a spicy topping of yellow peas curry, dal fritter curry, chopped onions, green chillies and a dash of lemon juice to make it an awesome fulfilling snack. So let’s start with its making—

Puffed Rice – 250 gms.

Split yellow or green peas(skinless) dal and onion fritters.

The fritters can be made using any variety of dal but here I have chosen split yellow or green peas which are combined with chopped spring onions and green chillies to make it crunchy.

Ingredients:-

  1. Split yellow or green peas dal – 250 gms.
  2. Onions(finely chopped)or spring onions- 1.
  3. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
  4. Nigella seeds -1 tsp.
  5. Salt – According to taste.
  6. Coriander leaves(chopped)-A bunch.
  7. Asafoetida-A pinch.
  8. Vegetable Oil – for frying.

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and soak the dal overnight and then grind the dal coarsely the next morning. Chop the onions, green chillies and coriander finely.

Step 2

Take a bowl and add the dal in it. Mix in the chopped onions, green chillies, coriander, a pinch of asafoetida, a spluttering of nigella seeds and salt and mix everything well.

Step 3

Heat some oil in a kadhai and when its hot drop small lumps of this dal mixture in the oil and fry it till golden brown on both sides.

Step 4 

Take out the dal fritters on a tissue paper and keep aside.

Our tasty crunchy dal fritters are ready. Serve them with a dip of your choice.

Split yellow or green peas dal fritters in onion gravy.

Ingredients:-

  1. The above-made fritters -5-6.
  2. Onions – 2.
  3. Green chillies – 1.
  4. Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp.
  5. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Garam Masala  – 1 tsp.
  8. Vegetable or Subzi masala – 1 tsp.
  9. Oil – 2 tbsp.

STEPS

Step 1

Heat a kadhai and add oil in it. Then add the onion and ginger-garlic paste. Then add finely chopped green chillies. Saute them for two minutes or till onions turn brownish. Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder,garam masala, vegetable or subzi masala and dry mango powder or amchoor to the masala and fry again till done. Add water further to make the gravy and then add the above-fried fritters to it. Simmer the dish on a medium heat for ten minutes till the gravy thickens.

Our dal fritters in onion gravy is ready. Serve it as the above combination or as you like with the main course.

Dry yellow peas curry.

Ingredients:-

  1. Dry Yellow Peas -200 gms.
  2. Onions – 2.
  3. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
  4. Red Chilly powder -1 tsp.
  5. Ginger-Garlic paste-1 tsp.
  6. Cumin powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Tomato puree – 1 tsp.
  8. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  9. Oil – 1 tsp.

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and soak the yellow peas overnight. Pressure cook the peas next day till done.

Step 2 

Heat a kadhai and add oil to it. Next, add cumin and asafoetida to it and when they splutter add a paste of onions and green chillies. Saute them for two minutes.

Step 3

When the onions are half-fried add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder and tomato puree and saute again. Now add garam masala and saute again for two minutes. Now the masalas being properly cooked add water to make the gravy and next add the yellow peas in it and simmer the flame to medium and cook it as such for two more minutes.

Our yellow peas curry is ready. Garnish it with chopped coriander.

Finally our fun time snack collection is ready. Let me now tell you how to assemble it for enjoying it in the best way.

Firstly take some puffed rice in a bowl. Take the yellow pea curry in another bowl and then mix the two together topping it with a garnish of chopped onions with a dash of lemon juice.

Next, you may also eat it by mixing the puffed rice with the dal fritter curry again with the same topping.

And final combo will be of the puffed rice mixed in with the dal fritters alone and you can have a cup of hot jaggery tea with it also.

Friends do try the recipe at home. It is easy to prepare, tastiest to eat and if eaten in the combo series as described by me it will surely be way more than awesome to lighten up that boring afternoon or evening time with fun and ideas which was otherwise becoming heavier than one could take. So try it out in your leisure moments and put a smile on everyone’s lips and have a great time. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!

 

 

 

 

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