Lentil Fritters – Piaji 

Hope everyone’s Ramadan is going well! The days as usual are slipping away. I love the routine of life, going home from work, prepping iftaar, prayers with Burra and weekends with family. It reminds me to be patient, thankful, giving and happy.

I wanted to share my piaji recipe the way I grew up making and eating them at my parents’. I’ve see so many varations of these guys, fatter, thinner, rounder, crispy or fluffy. My mother in law makes them slightly differently adding besan to them and I love them. They end up being thin and crispy.

Here’s a small serving that I make for just us two. We still end up with more than we can eat. Double up if you need more.


  • 1 cup red lentils soaked
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 chili peppers (optional – less or more)
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt to taste – I put a bit more than 1/2 tsp

Soak lentils for atleast half an hour.

Rinse and drain. Place into a blender. I add no water since they have been soaking. Add a tablespoon of water if its giving you a tough time to blend.

You don’t want the consistency to be too thin or it won’t hold when frying.

Place mixture into a bowl. Add sliced onions, peppers, cilantro, turmeric, chili powder and salt.

With hands mix until well combined.

Heat a pot with atleast 2 inches of oil.
When oil’s hot form little patties and drop into the oil. Flip when the bottom has a golden color to it.

Drain on a cooling rack or in a bowl with paper towel in it.

Best when served hot. Enjoy!

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