Dal fritters

Dal fritters


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About this recipe: I am on a low carb diet and needed a good substitute to potato. Loving my Indian food I thought I would try something with dal. This recipe was from me playing around in the kitchen, but it turns out that it is a very popular food during festivals in India. Who'd a thunk it!

Makes: 10 fritters

  • 200g chana dal
  • 3 teaspoons dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50g finely chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • oil for frying

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr35min 

  1. Soak chana dal for 4 hours.
  2. Drain and wash dal and add to pan of boiling water. Be careful not to overcook the dal, but it does need to be soft; 10 minutes should be enough time. While this boils, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  3. Drain the now soft (not mushy) dal and blend. This should give you a consistency of couscous.
  4. Combine all the ingredients together.
  5. If you have a burger press, this would be ideal, if not, place a large tablespoon's worth of mixture onto some cling film and press into a small patty.
  6. Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan with some oil and cook a few of the fritters on a medium heat until golden. These will absorb the oil in the pan, but that is fine.


This is a great low carb substitute to potatoes. Experiment with the ingredients. I might add some more chilli to my next batch, but this recipe is very mild and only has a hint of chilli flavour. The mint and cabbage give a lovely fresh flavour. This roughly makes 10 fritters. I calculated the nutritional value and each fritter has 40 calories, 1.8g total fat, 1.4g carbohydrate, 356mg sodium and 18.6mg cholesterol.

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