This dish is a famous North Indian Cuisine. It a very delicious appetizer and easy to make. It is one of my favorite dishes.  During Diwali celebrations, this dish is cooked in almost every household of India. 

Serves 10 dumplings

Cooking time 10 to 15 minutes


  • Split Black gram 3/ 4 cup
  • Yogurt 1 cup (you can use sweet yogurt instead of plain yogurt)
  • Grated Ginger 1/ 4 tsp
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Salt as required
  • Chili as per taste
  • Roasted cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Red pepper powder as required
  • Milk 1/ 4 cup
  • tamarind Chutney for garnishing
  • Mint Chutney for garnishing
  • Sugar 2 tsp
  • Cilantro for garnishing
  • Dry mango powder as per taste


  • Soak the grams overnight or at least for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Grind the grams with pepper, ginger and very little water and make a smooth paste.
  • Whip the paste till its smooth You can do it by using your hand or use a spoon. Add salt and cumin powder. Whip again.
  • Make small dumplings from the batter and make a hole in the centre of the dumpling using your thumb. You can shape it like a doughnut too.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry all the dumplings till they are golden brown on one side and then flip it again to the other side so that it becomes golden brown in color.
  • Pour the dumplings in a bowl filled with water and bit of salt. Keep it there for ten minutes and while taking them out, squeeze the water out from them gently. Pace in a different bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix yogurt, little water, red pepper powder, roasted cumin powder, salt and make a smooth batter. Add chopped pieces of pepper. You can use milk instead of water and whisk. Add sugar and whisk again.
  • Pour the yogurt on the dumplings and cover the dumplings with the yogurt mixture.
  • Garnish it with tamarind chutney, mint chutney, dry mango powder and cilantro.
  • Refrigerate it for an hour and then serve. You can sprinkle some red pepper powder and roasted cumin powder on the dumplings before serving.

For those who do not use much oil in their dishes, please read In case you do not want to make the gram paste, you can get the ready-made mix for the dumplings in the Indian grocery market. It will taste the same and will cut the cooking time.


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