Moong Dal Vada

Are you looking for a new fun snack to try; well this is definitely the one. I included this tasty dish on a vegetarian menu we had one night. It reminded me of an Indian version of the famous southern hushpuppy. This taste great dipped in any chutney that you may like or just some ketchup is good as well.

1-1/2 cups moong dal
5 tablespoons coriander, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 star anise
1-2 Green chilies, chopped
1 onion, finely diced
Salt to taste
1 cup sunflower oil

1. Soak moong dal in water for 2 hours.

2. Add dal to a bowl and blend to a fine paste with a hand blender alternatively use a food processor. Add onions, chilies, coriander, star anise, salt and cumin seed. Mix until a smooth paste forms. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile in a 9-inch skillet on medium heat add oil. Carefully drop paste 1 tablespoon at a time into oil. Fry on each side until golden.

Yields: 20

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