Pesara Pudina Punukulu ~ Moong Dal Mint Fritters

Pesara Pudina Punukulu

Another great monsoon treat that is savory and perfectly crisp with the minty flavor shining through every bite. Ginger and mint are the key players so if you venture to prepare them on a rain filled day, do use both. Your chai experience will be memorable. My guarantee. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pesara Pudina Punukulu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20-30 mts, soaking: 5-6 hours

Makes approx 35 punukulu

Cuisine: Andhra



1 cup pesalu/green moong dal (soaked in water for 5-6 hrs)

1 onion, finely chopped

3-4 green chillis (adjust)

1″ ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

12-15 mint leaves finely chopped

salt to taste

oil for deep frying

1 Grind the soaked and drained moong dal, green chillis, ginger and salt to a slightly coarse paste. There is no need to add water while grinding. Remove onto a dish and add the chopped onions, mint leaves, cumin seeds and mix well.
2 Heat oil in a deep frying vessel. Once its piping hot, reduce flame to medium and drop a little mixture of the batter and fry the fritters to a golden brown color. Deep fry a batch of 8-10 punukulu depending on the size of the vessel.
3 Serve hot over a cup of masala chai.

Moong Dal Mint Fritters

Pesara Pudina Punukulu ~ Moong Dal Mint Fritters

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 6

 Main Ingredients:

  •  moong dal
  •   mint leaves


Another great monsoon treat that is savory and perfectly crisp with the minty flavor shining through every bite. Ginger and mint are the key players so if you venture to prepare them on a rain filled day, do use both. Your chai experience will be memorable. My guarantee. :)
  • pr117

    Excellent. perfect for rainy season.

  • kanthi

    pesara punukulu.. excellent eve tiffin sailu garu

  • Madhu

    Great recipe. Never tried out a combination of mint and green mung dal.

  • Hari Chandana

    Pesara punukulu super ga vunnayi sailu garu.. pesalu and pudina combination interesting ga vundi.. sure ga try chesi, meeku chepthanu.. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hari Chandana

      Hi Sailu garu, I tried this 2 days back it was really good.. chala baga vachayi.. Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pavani

    pesara bondas looking yummy

  • RV

    They are such a perfect tea time snack. Mint and Moong should make it yummy treat

  • Smita Wagh

    thanx 4 the yummy recepies, right now u r giving us just what we crave 4. moong dal fritters were a hit, They were finished within no time, we had them with tamarind chutney, though not needed. keep it up & let’s all have a rainy season blast.

  • Radha

    Hi Sailu,
    I’m a devoted visitor of your site but never left a message before. I have tried a lot of your recipes and needless to say they all turn out to be amazing.
    I have question regarding this recipe, I have around 2lb of moong dal flour, is it possible to make these fritters with that, if not what else I can use the flour for? Please let me know.

    • Sailu

      You cannot make fritters with the moong dal flour. But you can make murukku, jantikalu, adai, dhokla and dosas.

  • kalva

    lovely fritters!!!

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    They sound sooooooooooooooo lovely dear and perfect for monsoon.

  • Divya Vikram

    Looks similar to karavadai. Best snack on a rainy day.

  • charu joshi

    such a perfact snak moong & mint make it yummy

  • Smita Menon

    Hi Sailu, regarding this recipe do we have to use the moong beans I mean the full ones or half moong with the skin on.

    • Sailu

      You can use either of them. Whole or split green moong dal.

      • Nilfie

        just want to clarify…not the yellow moong dal??

  • sho_vidya

    They are nice 100% tea time snacks. our entire family loved it and enjoyed it. thank you for sharing such a fine item.

  • nafeesa

    hi sailu, u never mentioned d texture of d batter. Should it be a smooth paste or coarse?

    • Sailu

      It should be a slightly coarse batter. Just short of a smooth batter.

  • Sudha

    Hi Sailu,
    Thanks for the post and looks very simple too.. Does this consume lot of oil?

    • Sailu

      They do not absorb oil unlike few deep-fried snacks.

    • Sudha

      Thanks for the quick reply Sailu.. Can this be prepared with yellow (half-broken) moong dhal too?

      Again.. your recipes are amazing.. I always used to wonder that you are master in so many varieties of dishes.. Whenever i need any recipe yours is the first site i refer to.

      • Sailu

        Green moong dal with skin is best suited for this recipe, Sudha. I enjoy cooking and do not treat it as a chore. Thanks for the kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AshaLatha R K Prasad

    Thanks for this solution to consume the moong dal that has been in my stock for almost a month now….. I just did not know what can be made simply… This is surely a savior…. Very tempting…. As I am tempted & have a reason to, would try ASAP….. Hugs )))


  • Anuradha

    It’s amazing.. For children this dish is yummy..

  • Veda

    Hi Sailu garu,

    Your’s is such a wonderful site, especially for people like me who never knew the abc of cooking before marriage. It has been over a year i got married and i depend on your site everyday for the dishes. I can never thank you enough for this.

    Now we are into some kind of pooja where in we are not supposed to eat onion, ginger, garlic & masalas and most of your curries & snacks have one or all of these. I some how managed first 4 days but now it has become so hard for me because i depend on ur site for my everyday cooking. So please post few curries & snaks without the above said ingredients. Thanking you…


  • srujana

    hi sailu garu…pesara punukulu is an awesome tea time snack..

  • sree

    Hi Sailu garu
    I have tried this recipe with the twist of pudhina
    and it turned out awesome.The kids loved it soo much
    thanks for all the wonderful recipes

  • rajani

    Hai Sailu,
    I am regular visitor of your website to become an expert in cooking. Thanks for your all variety of recipes.

  • chinni

    Hello Sailu gaaru,

    I tried u recipes n they came out very good..Thank you very much for
    sharing ur recipes…Here is my question when ever i tried moon dal fritters,they popped…can u please suggest me….

    Thank u..

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