Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to make bara or ' Woh' ( lentil patties)

Lentil Patties are made from green and black lentil which is also called 'mungi dal' for the green one and 'maas ko dal' for the black one. In hindi these lentils are called Urad dal. This is typical Newari dish and most of the people in Newari culture make this dish in each and every occasions. This is most popular dish among Nepali as well as foreigner.

Bara and Woh are cooked differently but of same category. Bara is deep fried whereas woh is panfried with less oil or grilled. These patties can be served with other dishes or chutney (pickle). You can have it as you like.

Preparation time: 30 min

  • 3 cups Split black Urad Dal or Green Urad dal
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic past
  • 1 tsp jeera ( cumin) and dhaniya (corender)powder
  • 1 Pinch Asafedita (Hing)
  • 1/2 cup Green Coriander/ Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Salt ( or as per taste)
  • 1 cup Oil  
Toppings: Egg
Note: Lentill or dal should be soaked in water overnight.

Take soaked lentils in a large bowl. Rub the lentils between your palms so that the outer cover will loose its surface. Drain and wash couple of times until most of the outer cover is removed. (In case of Green Lentil do not wash as much as black lentil. You should  keep little  of the outer cover not of green lentil). It does not matter , if you have a few covers left behind.

Add the washed lentils in a mixer grinder and using very little water, make it into a smooth paste. Place the batter in a bowl and whisk it for couple of minutes to make it light and fluffy.
Add all the other ingredients to the batter (except the oil), mix well  and let it rest in room temperature for 15 mins.

Heat a non-stick pan ( tawa ) and add 1 tbsp of oil. Pour 1/2 cup batter into the pan ( tawa )  and using a spoon , gently spread the batter in circle( by using hand it will be easier). You can make 2-3 Woh depending upon the size of your pan. Leave ample space between the Woh so that you can flip them over easily. Then add egg on the top of Woh.
Cook for couple of minutes till the edges become crisp and the underside become a golden brown. Flip Woh and drizzle  a tsp of oil around the edges and top.Cook till it becomes brown on both sides. The Woh should be cooked over medium flame to ensure that it is cooked well , both inside and outside.
  Lastly, transfer Woh to a serving plate and serve hot.

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