The Green gram forms a very nutritious article of diet.Green gram dal is free from the heaviness and tendency to flatulence, which is associated with other pulses.This plant is a native of India and since ancient times it has been in cultivation.Water in which green grams arc soaked is an excellent medicine during cholera, measles, chicken-pox, small-pox, typhoid and all types of fevers. Flour of the green gram is an excellent detergent and can be used as a substitute for soap. It removes the dirt and does not cause any skin irritation. Punukulu are little crispy fritters from Andhra region made from this dal and are often had as a tea time snack.The exterior looks golden and crispy, the inner portion tastes soft and chevy.
Whole Green gram dal - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2
Curry leaves - 8
Ginger - 1 inch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Soda - 1 pinch
Salt as per taste
Garlic - 1
Oil for deep frying
Coriander leaves chopped - 2 sprigs
1)Soak the Green gram dal for about 5 hrs (split) or overnight(whole Moong).
2)Grind the dal along with green chillies,ginger,garlic and salt adding very little water.
3)Then mix in the other ingredients such as curry leaves,soda,coriander leaves and cumin seeds.
4)Heat oil in a deep bottom vessel.Once its piping hot,reduce the flame to medium.Take a spoonful and drop in the oil and fry till a golden brown color.You can drop 5-6 at a time.Once done have with your favorite chutney and tea.
1)Can add little rice flour if the consistency should be adjusted.
2)Best eaten hot,off the skillet.
3)Can use 2 tsp of idli/dosa batter to give extra crispiness.