The Indian/bengali kitchen is bereft without lentils. Lentils are the crown jewel that makes all things better. In fact, we have lentils with lentils like these daler boras.
The humble and much loved daler bora is a very interesting concept. They are small lentil fritters that we Bengalis often enjoy with rice and dal sometimes as a part of a pure vegetarian meal. Essentially, a typical part of the Bengali meal is to pair something fried with the dal. This can be crisply fried pieces of fish or for a vegetarian option the daler bora. I am retrieving the recipe for Mushoor daler bora, or red lentil fritters for this post.
- 1/2 cup red lentils (mushoor dal) soaked for a couple of hours
- 1 small knob of ginger (about 1/2 inch)
- 3 green chilles
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 medium sized onion chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Oil for frying
- Place the soaked lentils, ginger, green chilies, turmeric and salt with 2 tablespoons in a blender. Blend to a paste.
- Mix in the onions and cilantro
- Place about 1/2 cup oil in a small wok and heat until smoking.
- Drop the batter in small spoonfuls and fry on medium low heat until golden brown. They will take about 3 to 4 minutes and will need to be turned.
- Serve hot.