Curried Lentil Balls

December 29, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Makes 14 balls
Author Notes

Moong Lentils are considered one of the most simple and light lentils for metabolism.The lentils are sokaed,ground and slow cooked to bring about the best flavors in them and then turned into soft balls.One of the gems from my grandmother's Kitchen,I adore this recipe mainly because the lentils balls are not fried, they are soft as sponge and the medley with curry sauce is just awesome. —SinfullySpicy

What You'll Need
  • Making the Lentil Balls
  • 2 cups Yellow Moong Lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Fenugreek Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Curry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onions
  • 1 cup Chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry fenugreek leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Making the Lentil Balls
  2. Wash the yellow moong lentils thoroughly under running water.Soak the lentils in 5 cups of water overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. Once soaked, drain and discard all the water from the lentils and transfer it to a blender.To the lentils add the chopped ginger, dry fenugreek leaves, turmeric , salt and chillies and blend with as little water as possible to a paste.The paste should neither be too coarse or too fine.
  4. Take a wide mouthed vessel or a pan and heat 2 tbsp oil in it.Once heated, transfer the ground lentils to the pan.Start stirring the lentil paste on a low heat.You have to continue untill the lentil paste starts to thicken and starts coming together in a soft dough.About 15-20 minutes. Taste the lentils to ensure that the rawness is gone
  5. Once the dough starts forming, immediately remove from heat, coz the lentils will continue to cook for 5-10 minutes in the absorbed heat.When the mixture is cool enough to handle, with oiled palms, roll into medium-sized balls or “golis”. Set aside the balls.
  1. Curry Sauce
  2. In another cooking vessel add the oil and heat it up till the oil starts smoking slightly.Add the finely chopped onion and cook till golden brown.After this add the bay leaf & grated garlic & ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Next add the chopped tomatoes along with chilli,coriander,turmeric powder and salt.Cook this masala [ spice mix] on low heat till the oil starts separating from the mix along the sides of the vessel.Add the garam masala & fenugreek leaves next to the vessel and cook for 2-3 minutes to combine.
  4. Lower the heat to minimum and 1/2 cup or more of water depending on how thick you like the gravy,cover and let the gravy come to a boil on a low heat. Once the curry has simmered for 8-10 minutes, add the dry mango powder, stir it and add the lentils balls that you have prepared before.Let simmer covered for 5 more minutes. Once you have added the balls, do not stir the curry much else the balls will break.
  5. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm with rice or flatbreads.

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4 Reviews

SinfullySpicy January 25, 2011
@KimchiFalafel..Mango powder is only to bring in a sour taste.A dash of lime juice at the end will work fine too.
KimchiFalafel January 25, 2011
Beautiful! What can I use in place of mango powder?
SinfullySpicy December 30, 2010
Thanks Nadia...these are one of my favorites!
fortheloveofyum December 29, 2010
these look wonderful!