I love dishes that include lentils and one of my favorite ways of enjoying them is in fritter form. So when I saw this recipe for lentil fritter curry or Bora'r Jhol on Sandeepa's blog, I wanted to make it for BM# 22.
Fritters are very similar to vadas that are made in Andhra with mixed lentils, but the use of spices for the curry makes this a very interesting and delicious dish. Sandeepa made the fritters or Daler Bora in the appam pan making them a little more healthier than the deep fried version. I followed suit and used my appam pan to make the fritters.
For Lentil Fritters (Daler Bora):
Chana dal - ½cupMasoor dal - ½cup (I only has 2-3 tbsp of masoor dal, so I added moong dal also)
Green chilies - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Ground Cumin - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
For the Curry:
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Potato -1 medium, peeled and chopped
Tomato - 2 medium, chopped
Green chilies - 2, slit
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Panch Phoron - 1tsp
Hing - pinch
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Red chili powder - ½tsp (or to taste)
Salt - to taste
- To make Lentil fritters: Soak dals in water for at least 30 minutes. Then grind them along with the other ingredients into a coarse paste using little water. Ground paste should not be too watery or too thick. Heat oil in appam pan, fry the ground mixture until golden brown allover. Remove onto a paper towel and set aside.
- To make the Curry: Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan; add panch phoron and hing and once the seeds start to splutter, add the onions and green chilies. Once onions start translucent, add the potato and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Next add the tomatoes and all the dry masalas. Cover and cook until tomatoes turn mushy. Add salt and 1cup of water and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the fritters, cook for another minute and serve immediately.
If the curry is being made ahead of time, remove the fritters after simmering them for a minute. Return them to the sauce while serving. This will avoid the fritters from absorbing all of the sauce. This curry tastes delicious with steamed rice.