Kanji Wada is a popular North Indian snack that consists of fried dumplings made of moong dal (split green gram) served with tangy and spicy fermented rice water called “Kanji”.
- 1 cup Split Yellow Moong Dal (without skin)
- 1/4 cup Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
- 2-3 Green Chilies (finely chopped)
- 1 inch Ginger (finely chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (Hing)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- 2 cups Kanji
For Kanji :
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Black Mustard
- Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp.
- 1 teaspoon red pepper powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Hing (Asafoetida)
- 2 Litres Warm (Boil it & cool it down)
- 2 teaspoons Black Salt
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- To make Kanji, Take a large glass or ceramic jar and add the boiled and cooled water to it.
- In a separate bowl, mix yellow and black mustard seeds, turmeric powder, red pepper powder, hing, black salt, and regular salt.
- Add this mixture to the jar with water, mix well and keep aside.
- Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in a warm place for at least 2-3 days for fermentation. Stir it once a day with a clean spoon.
- After 2-3 days, the Kanji will be ready. Strain it using a fine mesh strainer and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Soak the split yellow moong dal and chana dal in enough water for 3-4 hours.
- Drain the water and grind the dal mixture into a smooth paste using a mixer grinder.
- Add chopped green chillies, ginger, asafoetida, turmeric powder, and salt to the dal paste and mix well.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.
- Wet your palms with water and take a small portion of the dal mixture and shape it into a small ball or flatten it into a disc.
- Carefully drop the wada into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy.
- Drain the fried wadas on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Take 2 cups of Kanji in a bowl and add a pinch of salt.
- Add 2-3 wadas to the Kanji and let them soak for a few minutes.
- Serve Kanji Wada with mint-coriander chutney or tamarind chutney.
- Enjoy your delicious and healthy Kanji Wada!