A favorite tea time snack of Kerala, South of India. These fitters, made of lentils and few spices are deep fried and served with hot tea. They are absolutely easy to make and very delicious. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
You need –
- Channa dhal – 1 cup
- Shallots – 1/2 cup finely chopped
- Ginger – 1 small piece
- Dried chili – 2 or per taste
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig. roughly chopped
- Asafitada – 1 good pinch
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying (I used coconut oil
How to –
Soak the washed and cleaned dhal in water for 3-4 hours. Strain the dhal well as you don’t want any water with it while grinding.
In blender, add the dhal, dried chilies and pulse the mixer for a couple of times. You need to coarsely grind dal and not a smooth paste.
To the dhal mixture add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Make small sized balls and set aside.
Heat oil in deep frying pan over medium heat. Once heated take the ball and flatten using your palm and carefully drop it into the hot oil. Fry till they brown evenly.
Remove and transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil.