One of my colleague brought some vada like stuff during lunch. She said it is a Bhopal specialty and they call this golden mung bean fritters as Mangodae. It tasted so great that I was tempted to pick up the recipe from her. Many thanks to my colleague and her mom for sharing such a wonderful recipe with me.
Ingredients from my pantry:
Moong dhal / Pachai payiru / Moong bean - 3/4 cup
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger - 1 cm
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Green Chili - 2 - 4 (depends on how spicy you want it to be)
Salt to taste
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp Coriander / Cilantro leaves chopped - 1 tbsp Asafoetida - sprinkle
Soaking & Grinding:
Soak moong dhal overnight. It is good to grind when the skin peels off from moong.
In a blender coarsely grind moong dhal without adding water.
In a bowl, add the moong dhal batter, finely chopped or grated ginger, pepper powder, chili powder, finely chopped green chili, salt, cumin seeds, garam masala and mix it well. Leave the batter to ferment for an hour.
Heat oil in a kadai (you will need 2 cup of oil for small kadai).
Take a spoon full of moong dhal batter and drop it in the oil just like you would do for frying appam or vadas.
Flip it when the bottom is cooked, repeat flipping until it turns golden brown. When the crackling noise of the oil reduces remove and put it on the kitchen towel or napkin for the excess oil to get absorbed. You can fry 4-5 mangoodae's in each batch.
Serve it with Tomato ketchup or Green(mint/coriander) chutney. Thanks to Sonal for suggesting me to add fennel seeds, cilantro and asafoetida for an authentic bhopalwala taste. I would like to submit this bhopal delicacy to My Legume affair event hosted by Sia and Susan