Radha Ballavi Or Bengali Lentil Stuffed Deep Fried Flat BreadIn every Puja at my home, mom used to make this "Lentil stuffed deep fried Puri" with a spicy Potato curry, which is called "Aloor Torkari". And when I was kid, this two items were mendatary in all Marraige Party. "Radhabollovi & Aloor Dom" is the famous duo for Marraige Party. And the size used to be big and thick, one was enough for me, the size wise. So I always held myself back to take more than one. Here I'm sharing this authentic "Radhabollovi" recipe to experience the taste at your home.
Radha Ballavi is a very famous deep fried Bengali Flat Bread. This Radha Ballavi serves in special occasion like "Puja". Here I have made "Radha Ballavi" for "Janmashtami" special. This deep fried puries serve with "Niramish Aloor Dum" Or "simple "Potato Curry".
Steps to Prepare
Heat a pan and dry roast the cumin, coriander & red chili for 2-3 minutes. Let the seeds cool down and dry grind them in a spice grinder and keep aside. Now wash and soak Urad dal for 1 hour. After 1 hour, boil the dal with 1 cup of plain water.
After boiling the dal, let it completely cool down. When it the boiled dal is at room temperature, drain the dal and grind in a grinder with little water, Fennel seeds and grated ginger, to make a fine paste. Now place the "Dal Paste" in a bowl and add salt, hing & ground cumin + coriander + red chili, and mix with hand.
Now heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and pour the dal mixture into the pan, and fry the mixture for 5 -6 minutes to dry the dal mixture.
After 5-6 minutes turn off the heat and put the stuffing in a bowl and let it cool down completely. Now it's time to make the dough.
Take a bowl and add the maida, salt, sugar & ghee to it and mix with hand. The mixture will be crumbly. Now add look warm water to make a soft and smooth dough.
Kneed the dough well to make it smooth and soft. After making the dough add 2-3 drops of oil on the surface of the dough to protect the surface from cracks.
Cover the dough with a dump cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes make small balls from the dough.
Make a hole in one ball and place 1 teaspoon full of stuffing inside the hole and close the hole and round the dough between the palms of your hand. Roll them as you would make puris.
Take a deep wok ,and heat enough oil into it. Let the oil heat up before you slide the Kochuris in. Slide one stuffed Kochuri into the oil ,give both sides a minute each before turning.
Use a slotted spatula to take them out of the oil. Drain each Kochuri on paper towels to get that excess oil out.
Serve 'Radha Ballavi' with Alur Dom Or Alur Torkari.
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I made this on 1st day of Durga Puja, means 'Shasthi' and sending the recipe for Kolkata Food Bloggers' Durga Puja Event.