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Monday, June 25, 2012

Theepi Pesara Punukulu / Sweet Moongdal Fritters

I am an ardent fan of a cooking show that airs on one of the popular Telugu TV channels and I particularly like the chef's style of cooking.  I am no longer watching the show but have some interesting and traditional recipes scribbled in my journal from the past shows. One of those happens to be these punukulu.

Punukulu / punugulu refer generally to the spicy fritters made with dosa / idli batter that is served as breakfast in Andhra homes. Though I am well versed with the spicy version, we are not the ones who would go with an oil filled kadai for the breakfast. I was contemplating whether to go with this traditional dish for this BM when I suddenly remembered the sweeter version from the show. I had jotted down the recipe since it was intriguing and probably if not for BM, I wouldn't have tried it. :) I prepared a small batch today and they came out really good. The recipe is a simple one and also the punukulu can be prepared quickly. These moong dal fritters are not overtly sweet and are delicious with subtle hints of pepper.

Ingredients: (Yield 10 fritters)
1/2 cup moongdal
1/4 cup powdered jaggery
1 Tbsp rice flour
1/8 tsp black pepper powder
A pinch of salt
Oil to fry

* Heat oil in a frying pan.
* Wash and soak moong dal for about an hour.
* Drain moong dal completely and grind without adding any water.
* Transfer the ground dal to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients to it and mix well.
* Take small portions of the batter, shape into balls and drop into the oil. Or drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Fit only as many as the frying pan holds.
* Fry on low flame until golden brown, turning around intermittently with a spoon ensuring that they are cooked through.
* Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
* Serve them warm.


Nirmala Gurunathan said...

Addition of jaggery is very interesting!!!!

Kavi said...

Photographs look amazingg!!! jaggery is new idea!

Maayeka said...

so cute,perfectly shaped and nice golden colour! very new recipe ..never heard of sweet punukulu

Priya said...

Wow can have some rite now,super addictive fritters.

Chef Mireille said...

perfect evening snack - they look so good

ammuvg said...

looks very yummy!!!


Srivalli said...

I used to love watching those cookery shows..miss that now..those fritters look so good..

vaishali sabnani said...

Lovely Fritters...very flavorful..feel like munching on them.

Spice up the Curry said...

looks very delicious. awesome recipe

ANU said...

very nice and yummy dear....perfectly made!
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DivyaGCP said...

Addition of jaggery to fritters is new to me. The fritters looks very tempting.

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Usha said...

This looks really fantastic !!

Sangeetha said...

haven't tried the sweet version, we only make this sweet version with urad dal...will try this soon...looks delicious!
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Nalini's Kitchen said...

Interesting recipe,looks tempting.....

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so beautiful and inviting

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

tempting pictures of the sweet vada!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

new recipe for me...they look delicious

Vardhini said...

Stunning clicks and looks yummy.

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PJ said...

Looks perfect and yum...

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Super idea! Never heard of theepi punugulu, Suma. Looks like a must eat sweet.

Kalyani said...

my MIL makes this occassionally for festive occassions or on the days we want to just indulge!!

jaggery addition is new to me, although she used Palm sugar once !

lovely recipe though !

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Cool Lassi(e) said...

Sweet Paniyaram looks awesome!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

looks very nice...i too make but little bit different