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:
How to Make Pesara Garelu Recipe - Andhra Style vada / fried savory donut made with mung beans, ginger and green chillies.
- 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.