Punugulu is a popular South Indian recipe which is deep fried and is also known as ‘punukulu’. They are made in the form of small rounded balls. It is an easy-to-make snack recipe that tastes super-delicious and can be prepared on occasions like kitty party, pot luck, and even a game night. Coming from the Andhra origin, this dish is cooked with urad dal, rice, onion, green chilli, and seasonings. You can also pack this yummy snack recipe for your kids’ tiffin and they will love it for sure! Try this easy recipe and enjoy with your loved ones.
1/2 cup urad dal
2 chopped onion
refined oil as required
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cup rice
3 1/2 green chilli
salt as required
To start with, pour urad dal in a bowl and wash it properly with water until the water looks clear. In a similar way, wash rice in another bowl. Soak rice and urad dal separately for at least 4-5 hours.
Once soaked, add the urad dal in a grinder jar along with salt, and grind into a paste. You can add a little water for a better consistency. Grind the dal until a smooth batter is made. In a similar way, grind rice into a coarse batter. Mix both the batters and make sure that the consistency is thick than before. Let the batter rest for about 8-10 hours or overnight.
The, next day, chop the green chillies and add it to the batter with cumin and chopped onions. Mix the batter well and check the consistency. Batter should be thick and smooth.
Put a deep-bottomed pan on medium flame and heat oil in it. Meanwhile, with the help of your fingers shape the batter into round balls.
Very carefully, drop the balls in oil and deep fry them until they are golden brown in colour. Once done, extract the extra oil using an absorbent paper. The small rounded punugulu are ready and can be served with any chutney.