Oriya recipes snacks

Lentils and Onion pokoras also known as “piyaji”

September 10, 2008
Last weekend we were occupied with house hunting and meeting Rohan’s new teachers at his school. We are looking for a new place to move in soon as possible and the only criteria was it should be closer to my son’s school. Although he enjoys the bus rides and is used to them since last year in Beijing but I thought if I could drop and pick him up it would be an ideal way to see him off.

But unfortunately we couldn’t find any place that suited my needs so tired and weary by lunch time I was exhausted and nothing else entered my mind except for having a delectable lunch. I was too lazy to even think of cooking. When we ladies decide not to light the kitchen, the restaurants come in great rescue and are a great boon to us at times when we call it day off and let our hair loose.

We headed straight to nice buffet lunch and it was superb! My hubby vowed that two wood apples resting for while in our fruit basket would be his dinner and I too seconded his view and for Rohan, an easy egg roll was enough to satisfy him as long as he had his animation characters flashing across the LCD screen.

This was Saturday’s story and Sunday was equally sane, nothing much, just the routine work of cleaning and gearing up for the week ahead. In the afternoon we just took a hop to a park very close to our apartment and it was relaxing and soothing. The pagoda is part of this park and is surrounded by a small lake and is ideal for boating and fishing.


By the time I glimpsed at my watch it was dinner time and something has to be prepared. I had some oversoaked channa dal, so this recipe just popped into my mind. It is very common to Oriya kitchen and is often part of evening tea. I love the taste of dal coarsely grinded and flavored with curry leaves, coriander, ginger and one of the most dominant of all ingredients is the onion (piyaja), that is how the humble bulb becomes what is called in my local dialect ”PIYAJI”.

The ingredients for the recipes

1 cup Channa dal soaked (5 to6 hours)
1 large onion chopped
1 inch ginger grated
Salt to taste
Few curry leaves
2to3 green / Red chilies chopped
2 tablespoon fresh coriander chopped
Oil for deep frying.

Grind the soaked channa dal with no water or use very little water if need to make a coarse paste. Add all the ingredients expect oil. Heat oil in a pan and make slightly flattened balls and deep fry them on a medium fire. Remove and pat them on an absorbent paper to remove excess oil.

Serve hot with coriander chutney.

Poda pittha
Dahi (yogurt) baigana (eggplant) and a treat!

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29 Comments

  • Reply meeso September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    They look so good, I could munch on those non-stop 🙂

  • Reply Vaishali September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    These look so crisp and delicious, and I can think of nothing better to eat right now, with a hot cup of tea!

  • Reply Madhavi September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Hi gal, I am back :))

    I jus love this pakora, we called dal vada. Yours look mouth-drooling, and yummy tempting pic !!!

  • Reply Usha September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    These look perfect,we make something similar called masala vadai’s 🙂

  • Reply Uma September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    mmm. mouth-watering pakodas. Looks so inviting Shibani! Good luck with your house hunting.

  • Reply Divya Vikram September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    perfect with tea!love the pic..

  • Reply Cham September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Tamilian calls Masala Vada! But we add some more masala ingredients, love to have with cuppa of chai, beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Reply SriLekha September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    wow! perfect pic!its my all time fav and we call it as aama vadai!

  • Reply Jo September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Oh yum, these look absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Sangeeth September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    loved ur pics and yes i luv these pakoras…cant stop eating them….

  • Reply sowmya September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    nice recipe..lovely picture..tempting me to make it soon!!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    How weekends flew by, i never know. I think a lot to cook but time just flew by on weekends some or other extra work. Pokoras look welcoming. Yummmy!

  • Reply delhibelle September 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Now that looks totally yum!

  • Reply Priti September 11, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Vada looks yummy..in Chennai we call it Masala Vadai….knowing a new name of it is a bonus :)…park pic is cool…gud luck with your house hunting, its so terrible thing to do, I know !

  • Reply karuna September 12, 2008 at 2:17 am

    i love piyazi. use to have it in kolkatta as an eve snack. this recipe brings back so many memories.

  • Reply Clumbsy Cookie September 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I love those kind of fritters! Gorgeous pictures as well!

  • Reply Sireesha September 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    These look perfect and mouthwatering,we make something similar called Masala vadas :))

  • Reply Priyanka September 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    what will complete this crunchy munchy piyajis is a cup of hot tea to accompany it…..

  • Reply Bhawana September 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    1….2…3…… eat it fast else will get over soon :)). This is what I can do looking at the pic:(. I wish I cud have eaten them at the spot :).

  • Reply Archy September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Hey, these pakodasas looks so yum and tempting.. Loved it..
    Tagged u and an award waiting!!

  • Reply Rosie September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    What beautiful photos!! Lovely recipe and looks so tempting & delicious!

    Rosie x

  • Reply Jaya September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I just love them except we made it with besan ..
    hugs and smiles
    jaya

  • Reply Namratha September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Gorgeous pics Pearls, love the vadas.

  • Reply Daziano September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I totally love it!!! Love the photo too!!!

  • Reply Aparna September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Looks very crunchy and moist on the inside. This would be perfect for me right now. I’m having a hot cuppa tea and its pouring outside.:)

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  • Reply Spices N Aroma September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    That looks yummmy!!!
    nice recipe
    This is my first time here..u have a lovely space!!
    Happy blogging!

  • Reply Divya September 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Gorgeous pics… hope you find a beautiful home soon.

  • Reply meeso September 24, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Absolutely beautiful photo of the pagoda!

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