708. Punugulu / Punukulu

September 29, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Here’s another recipe that I’ve combined for 2 different themes. Last for this event, promise;) Well, has to be as we are nearly coming to the end of our Protein Rich Dishes for the Mega Blogging Marathon. The other group that I’m presenting this recipe to is Shhh Cooking Secretly, started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes. From the month of September, the group is traveling round India state wise. No we’re not on an actual journey (but that does sound good) but we’re going to cook from different States of India. The first one is Andhra Pradesh. When Shobha Keshwani suggested this theme I was really excited as this will give me the opportunity to discover what each state is famous for. I no longer will associate South Indian cuisine as being the same in the south. There are variations depending on the States.

One thing I know is that Andhra food can be on the hotter side, chili wise. Its while reading up about Andhra cuisine I learnt that gongura (sorrel) is a leafy edible plant famous in Andhra Pradesh. Dishes like Pulihora (tamarind rice), Pesarattu(moong dal dosa), Gutti Vankaya Kora (stuffed eggplant), curd rice, bobbatlu (puran poori), medu vada, uppindi (upma), biryanis,etc are famous in Andhra cuisine. So spoilt for choice as what to make. However, I had to stick to the secret ingredients given to me by Kalyani my partner who blogs at Sizzling Buds. Check out her blog for so many vegan recipes, eggless bakes and delicious desserts. She gave me urad dal and fenugreek. I gave her moong dal and curry leaves.

I decided to make punugulu/punukulu with the ingredients she gave me. Punugulu is a famous street food of Andhra Pradesh. Its a deep fried snack usually served with either peanut, coconut or toor dal chutney. I made a different kind of peanut chutney. I used fenugreek seeds when I soaked the dal and rice. I also added fresh fenugreek to the batter before frying the punugulu.
I had punugulu for the first time and loved the crunchy exterior and the soft interior with a bit of sour taste. Hope you to will like this recipe. I made extra chutney which I served with other snacks and used it as a dip.

Protein sources in this recipe are lentils, rice, peanuts

By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source.






Serves 2-4
Recipe source: Foodvedam
For the Punugulu:
½ cup urad dal
¼ cup rice
6-8 fenugreek seeds
½ tsp salt
a generous pinch of soda bicarbonate
1 small onion finely chopped
¼ cup finely chopped fresh fenugreek
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
1-2 green chillis finely chopped
6-8 finely chopped curry leaves
1 tsp ginger paste
For the Peanut Coriander Chutney:
1 cup chopped fresh coriander
½ cup roasted peanuts
1-2 green chillis
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp jaggery powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
Oil for deep frying
Preparation of the punugulu:
  1. Soak dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for 4-6 hours.
  2. Drain out the water.
  3. Put the dal rice and fenugreek mixture into a food processor.
  4. Grind into a thick paste using little water. The mixture should not be runny.
  5. Add salt and soda bicarbonate and mix the batter well.
  6. Let the batter ferment for 4-6 hours. You want it to turn a bit sour.
  7. Add chopped onion, coriander, fenugreek, chillis, ginger, curry leaves and mix the batter well.
  8. Heat oil in a Karai, wok or deep frying pan over medium heat.
  9. Scoop up a bit of the batter with your fingers and drop it into the oil in a round or oval shape. Use your thumb to slip off the batter from your finger. If you can’t do that use two spoons. Depending on the size of the wok, you’ll be able to fry 6-8 at a time.
  10. Fry the punugulu till its golden brown in colour.
  11. Remove from the oil and put it in a colander which is lined with some kitchen towel.
Preparation of the chutney:
  1. Heat oil in a small pan.
  2. Add coriander and chili and stir fry till the water evaporates.
  3. Add this mixture to a blender.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients for the chutney.
  5. Add very little water and process the mixture till its coarse.
  6. Remove the chutney into a serving bowl.
Serve hot pungulu with chutney as a snack.
  • Let the batter ferment properly as this fried snack should have a bit of the sour taste.
  • I added 2 tbsp of my discarded sourdough to the batter for the added sourness.
  • If you find it difficult to drop lumps of batter into the oil using your hands then use two spoons. Keep wetting the spoons.
  • I also kept on wetting my fingers with water so that the batter slipped of easily.
  • Fry them over medium heat. You don’t the outside to become brown and the inside is raw.
My Protein Rich Dishes so far:

Day 1 – Mixed Dal Paddu

Day 16 – Bean and Veggie Pot Pies

Day 20 – Phyllo Cup Salad
Day 21 – Baklava flavored Sandesh
Day 22 – Huevos Rancheros (Mexican Breafast)
Day 23 – Sattu ke Parathe
Day 24 – Moringa and Mint Iced Tea

Check out what other Mega Blogging Marathoners have made for Day 25:


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  • Srivalli

    September 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    So nice to know you guys are exploring the different states..I guess we have as many different dishes in each state as well as similar dishes..diversity being the keyword!..your punugulu have turned out really sinful..very good choice!

  • kitblu

    October 1, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Your recipes and those of the others on the “tour” look so interesting and tempting that I know I will need at least a half hour to go through them all.
    I don't (and won't) deep fry so I bought an aebelskiver pan. I have not used it yet and won't be able to experiment with it until after I move, which probably means not until the new year. Aebelskiver pans (https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/lodge-aebleskiver-pan/6000197201169) are Danish but I think there may be something similar in India. If you or any of the others have any experience using such pans as an alternative to deep frying, I am sure I wouldn't be the only one interested.
    I love your blog and photographs. I was sure the pic on this one had potatoes – until I read the recipe!

  • Shobha

    October 1, 2017 at 5:28 am

    So tasty .. you can go on eating them.

  • Archana Potdar

    October 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Sinfully delicious. I love them and can eat as many as you dish out. Lovely.

  • Priya Suresh

    October 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Feel like munching those ultimate punugulu and its wonderful to explore other regional cuisine na, simply irresistible those punugulu.

  • Aruna

    October 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I love to make this with leftover idli batter. My favourite snack with a cup of hot tea!

  • Priya Iyer

    October 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

    That looks so very tempting! 🙂

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    October 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Always my fav. Great tea time snack..

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    October 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This is my favorite snack. Always prepare this with left over idli batter. Errr I make sure I have some leftover idli batter. 😉 😉

  • Sapana Behl

    October 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    It is almost like paniyaram but the addition of fenugreek leaves and spices makes it more interesting. Love reading your secret ingredient group.

  • preeti gupta

    October 5, 2017 at 5:36 am

    This lentil based snack looks so tempting and interesting.. even healthy too.

  • vaishali sabnani

    October 6, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I have always liked these beauties for their low cal , they look good and are healthy , the peanut chutney will definitely add on to the protein , and make a great accompaniment .

  • priya satheesh

    October 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    My all time fav snack and love this with coconut chutney !


    October 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Almost a version of dahi wada. Will definitely be trying them😊


    October 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I just love Punugulu and yours look awesome Mayuri!Yummy

  • Sujata Roy

    October 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Punugulu and chutney both are looking super tempting. Perfect combo. Loved the write up Mayuri. Awesome share.

  • Ruchi Indu

    October 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Feel like grabbing those ounugulu now… Delicious

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    October 31, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    […] and dosa. Its after I got to know fellow bloggers that a whole new cuisine opened up for me. I love Punugulu, famous street food from Andhra Pradesh. I finally made hubby’s favorite, Mysore Saaru/Rasam. […]

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