Punugulu or punukulu is a popular Andhra snack item and common street food of Andhra, served with peanut chutney or tomato chutney.with some chopped onions and Karam podi(spice powder).
outcome of the recipe depends on the consistency of the batter.it should be thick and soft.you need to add enough(very less) water to achieve proper consistency. if something went wrong and the batter became runny,just add rice flour to it and bring it to right consistency.if you add excess rice flour to make thick batter,they will be very hard.
punugulu can also be prepared with leftover dosa batter.for this you need to add rice flour or mashed leftover rice.you can only enjoy the real taste of punugulu when you prepare them with nicely fermented batter.weather plays an important role in fermentation.it takes very long time in cold weather.for better and quick fermentation keep the batter in the oven and leave the light on.try and enjoy….:)
you may also like another popular Andhra snack item Mirchi pakoda/Mirapakaya Bajjilu.
Text version of Punugulu
- For preparing batter
- black gram/urad dal – 1 cup
- rice – 1/2 cup
- salt – 1 teaspoon
- eating soda – 1/4 teaspoon
- water – 1/4 th cup
- For preparing Punugulu mixture
- finely chopped onions – 1
- chopped green chillies – 2
- cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
- chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
- oil – for deep-frying
- take a bowl,add urad dal/black gram,rice.
- pour water and soak for 4-6 hours.
- after soaking,rinse thoroughly and keep aside.
- put them in grinder jar.
- run the grinder for 2 minutes without adding any water first.
- later add little water and grind it again until you get thick and soft consistency batter.
- take the batter into a bowl and leave it to ferment.
- it may take up to 5-6 hours.
- volume of the batter rises to double after fermentation,so mix the batter until it reaches to its original volume again.
- add chopped onions,chopped green chillies,cumin seeds and mix well.
- add salt if needed.as we already some salt while grinding the batter.
- heat oil for deep-frying on low flame.
- take a small portion of the batter,make round shapes with fingers and drop into oil carefully.
- turn the flame to medium high and cook till they turn into nice golden brown color.
- repeat the process.