Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vati Dal na Bhajiya

:-)) for all those who are not familiar with Hindi...don't be taken aback....its a simple fried dumpling of nothing more than Moong dhal....ha ha ha! Then, why you may ask...did I give this such a title...well, that is what my all time fav cook & author Tarla Dalal has named it....Her measurements are so perfect that they never fail u! A picture speaks a thousand words...look at my pics and the one on the'nt that proof enough!

Yes, I flicked this snack out of her "Mumbai's Roadside Snacks" book! Such a lovely book with all those amazing pics of  all the roadside chat of Mumbai...yumm! For those of you with a really sharp can almost dig the recipe straight out of the pic...but let me do my job right...


- 1 cup moong dhal
- 2  green chillies
- 1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
- 7 to 8 black pepper corns, coarsely crushed
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- I added little hing and curry leaves (optional)

Prep time: 10 mins    Cook time: 15 mins    Soaking time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours


- Soak the moong dhal in water for atleast 1 1/2 to 2 hours
- Drain, add green chillies and grind them to a coarse paste adding as much water as needed

- Remove to a bowl and add salt, crushed pepper corns and coriander seeds. As i do not like the crunch of coriander seeds, I grinded them along with the dhal.
- You can add a dab of hing and some curry leaves too for added falvour.
- In a frying pan, heat the oil and drop spoonful of mixture and fry until they turn golden in colour and crispy.

- Remove on a kitchen towel and serve with any sauce or Meetha chutney & Teekha chutney

- 1 cup of moong dhal makes about 25 pieces of bhajiya's.


  1. New to me but looks so tempting! With tea, a perfect snack indeed.

  2. I want this bhaija and that cuppa also ....loooks so yum

  3. the moong dal vada is simply appetizing.....superb presentation with that open book...


  4. Such a yummy & tempting snack!!!! can never go wrong with TD`s recipes :)
    Prathima Rao
    Pratc Corner

  5. What a tempting snack & I love the tea.....

  6. Super delicious snack...perfectly done dear...

  7. I so want to grab some from the monitor ~ too good!

  8. wonderful snack dear, never tried these fritters, will try them out soon..

  9. Lovely snack. Perfect with a cup of tea.

  10. Thanks you all for all your lovely comments...

  11. this is a yummy snack- had this a long time back; nice presentation

  12. very tempting and easy snack..

  13. delicious looking soft bhajiya for snack
    following your lovely site
    nice to meet you

  14. Absolutely yummy ..looks tooo good and perfect snack.

  15. A really tempting snack..just right with a good cup of masala chai.

  16. awesome version...cant wait to try now..:)
    Tasty Appetite