How to make Stuffed Lonkar Pakoda -SK Khazana -

Stuffed Bhavnagri chillies stuffed with chana dal mixture and batter fried

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Green chillies (Bhavnagri) (हरी भावनगरी मिर्च ), Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Stuffed Lonkar Pakoda -SK Khazana

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Stuffed Lonkar Pakoda -SK Khazana Recipe

  • Green chillies (Bhavnagri) 12-16

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked for 1 hour and drained 1 cup

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Asafoetida 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies finely chopped 1-2

  • Ginger finely chopped 1/2 inch

  • Garlic chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/2 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Mustard oil 2 tablespoons

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Tomato ketchup to serve

  • Green chutney to serve

  • Batter

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Step 1

Slit the green chilli on one side without cutting through and discard the seeds.

Step 2

Put the Bengal gram in a blender jar, add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, asafoetida, green chillies, ginger, garlic, sugar, salt and a little water and blend into a coarse paste.

Step 3

Heat mustard oil in a non-stick pan till it begins to smoke. Add the ground gram paste, mix and sauté, stirring continuously, till the moisture evaporates and the mixture begins to leave the side of the pan and forms one mass.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture onto a plate and let it cool down to room temperature.

Step 5

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 6

Take Fine Besan in a large bowl, add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and sufficient water and whisk till you get a smooth batter of coating consistency.

Step 7

Stuff each chilli with some stuffing and keep them on a plate. Dip each chilli into the gram flour batter till well coated and slide them into the hot oil. Deep-fry till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 8

Arrange them on a serving plate and serve hot with tomato ketchup and green chutney.

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