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Punugulu Recipe With Idli and Dosa Batter, Andhra Punukulu

A simple two ingredient snack recipe made using urad dal and rice in the form of small round deep fried dumplings...
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Course: Indian Snacks
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 3 -4
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Asiya


For making batter:

  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 1/4 cup rice

Other ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped green chillies
  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped coriander leaves
  • oil for deep frying
  • salt - to taste
  • a pinch of soda bicarb baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds optional


For soaking, blending and fermenting the batter:

  • Firstly, in a bowl or a vessel, add urad dal and rice.
  • Wash these ingredients well.
  • Soak them in good amount of water for 7-8 hours.
  • Strain the soaked water.
  • Add the soaked ingredients into a blender.
  • Add little water and blend into a fine paste.
  • Make a thick batter and not a thin batter.
  • Ferment the batter for about 7-8 hours or overnght.

For deep frying:

  • After fermentation, mix the batter well.
  • Into it, add salt, add baking soda and mix.
  • Add very finely chopped onions, very finely chopped green chillies, very finely chopped coriander leaves. also add cumin seeds as an optional ingredient.
  • Mix all the ingredients properly.
  • The batter should be thick enough to form a round dumpling with hands.
  • Heat oil in a wok for deep frying.
  • Take very small portions of the batter, make small dumplings/round balls and drop them in oil.
  • Deep fry them until golden brown on all sides on low to medium flame.
  • Take them out and place them on an absorbent paper.
  • Serve them hot with coconut chutney or peanut chutney!!!


Punugulu with idli batter:
For 1 cup of idli batter:
Take the leftover idli batter.
Into it add salt if not added earlier.
Into it add 1 tbsp maida, 1 tbsp rice flour, mix well.
Also add finely chopped green chillies, onions, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and mix everything well.
We can also make the batter without adding maida and rice flour, but, if the batter is runny and to make it a bit thick we add maida and rice flour.
Make very small dumplings and deep fry them.


Calories: 400kcal
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