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Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda

VegCookBook by Praveena
Cabbage & Masoor Dal / Red Lentil Pakoda. Protein Rich, Vegan, Gluten free, starter / appetiser / snack suitable for kids lunch box, party, gathering.
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 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) 


  • 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.
  • 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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