A wonderful tamil / indian recipe.
1/2 ltr. Yellow split peas
2 tsp. Salt
8-12 Green Chilies
1 inch Ginger
175 gms Onion
bunch coriander leaves
20 gms Cashewnuts (optional)
2 Cardamom (optional)
1/2 tsp Masala powder
3/8 ltr Oil
Soak yellow split peas in water for 2-3 hrs.
Grind the soaked mixture with salt coarsely, without adding much water.
Cut the onions into small pieces along with ginger, green chillies and add them to the mixture along with coriander leaves and curry leaves. Now add the masala powder and add all other optional ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
Fry small spoonfuls of the mixture in hot oil.
Traditionally, a banana leaf is used and the mixture is taken in lumps of the size of a small lemon and lightly pressed on the banana leaf and the resulting flat thingie is dropped into the oil and fried until it turns brown. The intensity of the colour needed is dependent on your taste!
This recipe is translated literally from 'samaithuppaar', a cookbook in Tamil.
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