kunukku recipe | crispy lentil fritters recipe

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kunukku recipe | crispy lentil fritters recipe with step by step photos and video recipe. simple and easy recipe with three type of dals (bengal gram, tur dal and urad dal) . it is crispy and best suitable for tea time snacks.

In tamilnadu, Bogi festival falls on the last day of tamil month margazhi. On this day, variety of dishes are prepared like ulunthu vadai, kunukku, 2 or 3 types of poriyal, thuvayal, curd pachadi, kulambu and rasam.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

this fried food (kunukku) is offered to deity and had as prasadam. no onions or ginger or garlic is added as its being offered to deity. If your making it for yourself, then add some chopped onions and chopped ginger.

some of the other fried snacks are : paruppu vada, tapioca vada, vazhaipoo vada, ragi pakoda, drumstick flowers pakoda, onion pakoda, etc.,

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

how to make kunukku recipe

kunukku recipe

Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup bengal gram
  • 1/4 cup tur dal
  • 1/8 cup urad dal
  • 1/8-1/4 cup raw rice
  • salt to taste
  • 4-5 no red chillies
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 no green chilli chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • oil for deep frying


  • wash and soak Bengal gram, tur dal, urad dal and raw rice in water for 2 hours. 
  • drain the water completely . grind it to coarse paste with salt, red chillies, asafoetida. 
  • add grated coconut, green chilli chopped, curry leaves chopped and coriander leaves chopped. 
  • mix well. pinch drop tiny balls in medium hot oil and deep fry until golden brown. 
  • strain it to a paper towel. serve hot with coconut chutney. 



few do not add even asafoetida when serving for the deity. In case you follow that, then skip adding it.

crispy lentil fritters recipe

1.In a bowl, take chana dal and tur dal.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

2. together add urad dal and raw rice.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

3. wash it well twice or thrice in running water. add enough water and let it soak for 2 hours.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

4. after 2 hours, drain them without any water.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

5.to this, add salt and red chillies to taste.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

6. add asafoetida and grind it to a coarse paste adding very little water/ few drops if needed.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

7. to this paste, further add grated coconut, chopped green chilly, chopped curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves. As i said before, if not keeping it for the deity, then add onions and garlic.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

8. mix well and it has to be thick batter as below.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

9. grease hands, pinch a scoop and make it a ball by rolling between four fingers and pushing it with thumb finger. this is the traditional method of pinch dropping pakoda. it will not be a perfect ball but it will be near round in shape. make very tiny ones so that inside is well cooked.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

10. drop it in medium hot oil. drop it one by one. start turning sides after few seconds else it will stick to the ladle.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

11. fry until golden brown and crisp. while telling crisp, it means when frying the pakodas in oil – it will feel very light also oil sizzle slows down.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters

12. serve the kunukku / kunuku with coconut chutney.

kunukku recipe lentil fritters
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