In Sri Lanka, we have lot of popular street foods and deep fried dhal (parippu kadala) is one of popular snack among many. Usually we can buy these in a small paper bag for few rupees from street vendors. Usually these stalls sell different snacks made from different nuts and grains such as peanuts, chick peas and dhal.
Here is one of that kind of spicy snack recipe cooked using moong dhal (mung parippu).This is similar to what we can buy in Sri Lanka, however I found this recipe sometimes ago from a fellow Indian blogger. The truth is I prepared this snack about 1 year ago and at the time of writing the recipe, I can’t exactly remember the blog. However, you can find similar snack in many blogs and here is my version.
Although this snack is deep fried, I would say it is a healthy snack option. Because moong dhal is a good vegetarian protein option and good to replace with any non veg snacks.
1 cup Split Moong dhal (Mung piyali/Mung Parippu)
1 tsp red chili powder (or as per taste)
Oil for deep frying
1 sprig of curry leaves
Salt to taste
You will need a dry cotton cloth to dry moong dhal
Wash and soak moong dhal for about 2 to 3 hrs.
After 2-3 hours, strain the water completely from the moong dhal. Spread the moong dhal on a dry cotton cloth and allow it to dry for about 2 hours or until the dampness is gone.
Once moong dhal is dry, it is time to deep fry.
Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry moong dhal until crispy.
Once it is well fried, remove to a kitchen towel and allow to drain excess oil.
Continue frying all moong dhal in few batches.
Deep fry curry leaves too and mix with the fried dhal.
Add salt and red chili powder to this deep fried dhal and mix well.
A delicious bit spicy snack is ready to serve.