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Express Recipe: Make this tasty and comforting Pakode ki Sabzi

Super-soft lentil pakoras served in a tangy tomato-yogurt gravy.

Written by Ashima Goyal Siraj | Angola |
Updated: March 20, 2016 2:45:56 pm
Pakode ki sabzi_759_MyWeekendKitchen Some dishes just take you back to your childhood, and this is one such recipe. (Source:

There are some dishes that always remind of home. Every time when I am planning a vacation to my parents’ home, mummy will ask me: “What all do you want to eat?” and I will be ready with my list. Pakode ki sabzi is on top of that list. In our childhood, it used to be the dish when a trip to the vegetable market had been delayed and there was no fresh vegetables at home. Maybe that’s how the recipe was first invented to make super-soft lentil pakoras and then serve them in a tangy tomato-yogurt gravy.

Pakode ki Sabzi
Preparation time: 10 mins + 30 mins soaking time | Cooking time: 20 mins | Serves: 4

1 cup – Yellow moong daal, soaked in hot water for 30 mins
1 inch – Ginger, chopped
1 – Green chilli, halved
A pinch – Asafoetida
2 – Tomatoes, puréed (or 8 tbsp tomato puree)
1 cup – Yogurt
1/2 tsp – Turmeric powder
1 tbsp – Oil, for cooking the gravy + oil for frying
Salt – To taste
Red chilli powder – To taste
Fresh coriander leaves – For garnishing

* Drain the soaked daal, but don’t throw away the water.
* In a food processor, blend together drained daal, ginger, green chilli and some salt to a very smooth paste. Add a little water if required but not too much.
* Remove in a bowl and churn by hand for 5-6 mins till it is well aerated.
* Heat oil for frying and drop spoonfuls of the lentil mixture into hot oil to make pakodas/fritters.
* Fry till golden.
* Remove on an absorbent kitchen towel.

For the gravy
* Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai on medium heat. Add asafoetida. When it starts to sputter, add tomato puree. Sauté for 2 minutes.
* Add red chilli and turmeric powder and mix well.
* Whisk the yogurt and add to the tomato mixture. Mix well and stir continuously until there is a boil.
* Add salt and 1 cup water (or more if you want a thin consistency). Mix well and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
* Add the prepared lentil pakodas/fritters and cook covered on low for another 5 mins.

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