Pesara Garelu – Traditional Andhra snack made with whole mung beans, ginger and green chillies
Pesara Garelu or Whole Moong Dal Vada is a traditional Andhra snack made with mung beans, ginger and green chillies. Vada is a South Indian style savory fried donut that is usually made with lentils and spices. These can be served as a snack or breakfast with chutney or sambar. You can also make these as a Naivedyam during festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Ugadi and Dasara.
Few More Traditional Andhra Recipes on the blog:
- Beerakaya Bajji
- Sorakaya Vadalu
- Gongura Pappu
- Ava Pettina Pulihora
- Kova Kajjikayalu
- Jeedipappu Pakam
- Senagapappu Payasam
- Aratikaya Allam Pachimirchi Koora
- Poornam Boorelu
- Pesara Poornalu
How to Make Andhra Pesara Garelu or Moong Dal Vada Recipe below:
Pesara Garelu Recipe - Andhra Moong Dal Vada Recipe
- 1 cup Whole Mung Beans / Whole Moong Dal
- 8-10 units Green Chillies
- 2-3 inch piece Ginger
- Salt to Taste
- Oil for deep frying
- Wash and soak the whole moong dal in a lot of water for 6 hours.
- Drain the water. Grind the soaked beans, green chillies, salt and ginger into a little coarse or smooth paste. Use very little water if needed.
- Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
- Wet your hands and take a lemon sized ball of batter and flatten it on your palm or on a plastic sheet. Make a small hole in the middle of the vada so that it cooks evenly all over.
- Slowly drop it into the hot oil. Fry it on both sides on medium flame til golden brown color.
- Remove them from oil and serve hot with any chutney.