Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena
PrepTime:2-3 hrs CookTime:20 mins Cuisine:Indian
Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda, is my next try with protein rich, lentil based starter / appetiser / snack showing both STOVE-TOP & AIR-FRYER methods. Having 3 young kids, I usually prefer finger foods especially for packed lunches. It makes my life easy, keeping in mind that I do all the prep work previous night and just fry them in the morning before packing. And I can be assured, my kids would DEFINITELY empty the lunch box! 🙂
My previous posts like chickpea fritters / chana pakoda, mung dal nuggets / vada where I gave both stove-top & air-fryer methods. Here, I preferred adding raw cabbage and used different lentil variety. Just give a try, am sure your family will ask for more!!
PROTEIN RICH FRITTERS from my blog:
- Bell Pepper & Lentil Fritters / Capsicum Punugulu
- Chickpea Fritters / Chana Pakoda (Air Fryer, Stove top)
- Mung Dal Nuggets / Pesarapappu Vada (Air-Fryer, Deep-Fry)
- Black-eyed beans Nuggets / Alasanda Vada (Air-Fryer, Stove-top)
- Red Kidney Beans Nuggets / Rajma Masala Vada / Fritters
- Masala Vada / Masala Fritters
Health Benefits of ‘Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda’:
Cabbage is available in many varieties, like spring green, savoy, white, purple and red. Although cabbage can be cooked, fermented, steamed, but raw cabbage gives the best nutritional benefits. Any of these, are a rich source of Vitamin-C, Vitamin-K and anti-oxidants. Good for anti-inflammation, controls bad cholesterol and diabetes. (info from internet)
Red Lentils, are the good source of plant based protein, folic acid, iron, Vitamin B.
To conclude, this recipe is suitable for Vegan, Plant Based, Gluten free, diets. And is rich in protein, iron, edible fiber, folic acid. It is good to control bad cholesterol (only if you use air fryer method) as it uses very little oil.
Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.
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- Masoor Dal / Yerra Kandi Pappu / Split Red Lentils – 1 cup
- White Cabbage / Bandh Gobi (finely chopped) – ½ cup
- Fresh Coriander Leaves – handful (finely chopped)
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Whole Cumin / Jeera – 1 tablespoon
- Ginger / Allam – 1 inch piece (finely chopped)
- Onion / Spring Onion – ¼ cup (finely chopped)
- Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
- Rice Flour / Biyyappindi – 2 tablespoons
- Whole Black Pepper / Miriyalu (crushed) – 1 tablespoon
- Water – 3 cups (for soaking)
- Garlic Pods – 3 (finely chopped) (optional)
- Cooking Oil – 2 cups (for deep fry)
- ” ” – 1 tablespoon (for air-frying)
- Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
- Black Pepper / Miriyalu (crushed)
Step wise pics Procedure for ‘Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda’:
Wash the Masoor Dal / Red Lentils for 3-4 times, and soak them in water for 2 to 3 hrs.
Strain the water, take the dal / lentils into a blending jar and make a smooth paste. Add 2 tablespoons of water ONLY if required.
In a mixing bowl, add the all the ingredients as shown (except oil and water).
Mix everything gently and make the batter.
Put a frying pan, add enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on the stove top under high flame.
When the oil is hot enough, make small balls with the batter and gently drop them into oil.
Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then flip them back to fry, until they turn golden brown.
Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda (made with STOVE-TOP method) served. Done!!
Brush the mesh of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Place the small blobs / patties of the batter over it. Cook for 7-8 mins on one side, at 200ºC / 390ºF .
Pause it, gently flip to the other side and fry for 4-5 mins more, at 200ºC.
Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda (made with AIR_FRYER method) served. Done!!
- Don’t worry if you have soaked the dal / lentils for more time than mentioned.
- Do not throw away the soaked water. Use them while kneading chapati dough.
- Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
- The oil for deep frying must be perfectly hot, to test this just drop a small blob of batter into the oil and check .
- For air-fryer method, you can make balls or patties, both work perfectly well.
- If the timings I mentioned for air-fryer method, is not enough just increase until you get the desired crispiness.
- You can store the batter in the refrigerator/freezer (for up to 7-10 days) and fry them when needed.
- Making the pakoda / fritters, and storing them can also be done, but with do note that they turn soft very quickly.
- First thing to say, is the colour of the pakoda / fritters which is VERY attractive, that makes anybody to grab one!
- Next mention, is the crunchiness of raw cabbage that tastes great and unique.
- Just like any other pakoda / fritters, these, Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda, are crispy on the outside and soft from inside.
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Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda
- Blender/Grinder/Mixie for both methods
- Deep Frying Pan for stove-top method
- Air-Fryer for air-fryer method
- 1 cup Split Red Lentils / Masoor Dal / Yerra Kandi Pappu
- ½ cup White Cabbage / Bandh Gobi (finely chopped)
- 1 handful Fresh Coriander Leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Whole Cumin / Jeera
- 1 inch piece Ginger / Allam (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup Onion / Spring Onion (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup Onion / Spring Onion (finely chopped)
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 2 tablespoons Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
- 1 tablespoon Whole Black Pepper / Miriyalu (crushed)
- 3 cups Water (for soaking)
- 3 no. Garlic Pods (finely chopped) (optional)
- 2 cups Cooking Oil (for deep fry)
- 1 tablespoon Oil spray (for air-frying)
PREP WORK (common for both methods):
- Wash the Masoor Dal / Red Lentils for 3-4 times, and soak them in water for 2 to 3 hrs.
- Strain the water, take the dal / lentils into a blending jar / grinder / mixie and make a smooth paste. Add 2 tablespoons of water ONLY if required.
- In a mixing bowl, add the all the ingredients except oil and water.
- Mix everything gently and make the batter.
- Put a frying pan, add enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on the stove top under high flame.
- When the oil is hot enough, make small balls with the batter and gently drop them into oil.
- Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then flip them back to fry, until they turn golden brown.Using a ladle, Gently, take them onto a plate covered with kitchen towel. Done!!
- Brush the mesh of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Place the small blobs / patties of the batter over it.
- Cook for 7-8 mins on one side, at 200ºC / 390ºF .Pause it, gently flip to the other side and fry for 4-5 mins more, at 200ºC. Remove and Serve. Done!!
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