punugulu recipe, how to make andhra crispy punugulu (punukulu)

punugulu recipe, punuglu with maidapunugulu recipe. Learn to make with step by step photos.
punugulu / punukkulu is a common street food in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh. Often served with peanut chutney called as palli chutney or Toordal chutney called as Kandhi Pachadi or it can also be served with capsicum peanut chutney. We at home make perugu punugulu using these fritters.Some make them sour tasting using fermented idli dosa batter, while others make them with fresh batter. punugulu with maida, are called as maida punuglu. I have included the recipe for this as well in the recipe box.
These are an easy alternate to making minapa garelu, punugulu can also be offered to Gods as naivedyam during varalakshmi vratam, navratri, Lakshmi puja and sankranti.. Just skip using onion if preparing for naivedyam.
These can be prepared with left over idli/dosa batter, Powder attukulu / poha in a dry blender and mix with the batter to get the right consistency.
There is no specific way to follow while preparing batter, except that the batter must not be runny. Can be made with urad dal batter or idli dosa batter or whole moong batter. I always make these with fresh batter, since I do not prefer the sour tasting ones. Whether to use the fermented batter or the fresh one is totally an individual’s choice and comfort.
Add-ons to the batter is also your choice, can just make them plain with cumin and salt or add chopped green chilies, onions and coriander leaves. My mom adds chopped spinach or fenugreek leaves to these punugulu, they too taste good.
The key to all tasty deep fried punukulu or fritters is making them less oily, yet crispy. This can be achieved by making the batter in the right consistency. Not too thick and not too thin. Thick batter makes your fritters rocky hard, while the thin runny batter, makes them oily and soggy too.
If the batter turns runny,many people add few spoons of rice flour, but my personal experience says they turn hard when additional rice flour is added.
OPTIONAL STEP :If your batter turns runny (watery), you can save your batter and can still make crispy punugulu. Powder the thick variety beaten rice/ poha (aval / attukulu) coarsely and mix it with the runny batter to make your batter thicker, set this aside for 10 mins. This will make crispy and less oily fritters.

how to make crispy punugulu recipe with step by step photos

1. If you are using dosa batter, start from step 4. If you want to make fresh batter, wash soak urad and rice for min 4 hrs.
2. Grind urad dal to a smooth batter with enough water and salt. Do not make it runny. Pour this in a utensil.
grinding dal to make punugulu recipe
3. Grind rice coarsely.
addition of rice to blend for making punugulu recipe
4. Mix it with the batter thoroughly. Check the consistency now, should be thicker than the pouring consistency. Refer the pic below. This is the right consistency.
runny batter for making punugulu with idli dosa batter
OPTIONAL STEP : If you feel the batter is runny, add poha / attukulu powder and grind and set side for 10 mins. It becomes thicker. Now adjust the consistency, if required, can add very little water or can proceed as usual.Check by making 1 or 2 punugulu, if they are hard need to add little water. if they are not crispy or they come out oily, it means the batter is still runny. Add more attukulu powder.
4. Add cumin, onions. If you haven’t used green chilli while blending add it now.
5. Heat oil till hot, adjust the flame to medium high, not low and not high.
6. Shape the batter to round balls with your fingers and drop them in the hot oil.
shaping the batter to make punugulu recipe using idli dosa batter
7. Fry them till golden color and transfer them on to a kitchen tissue.
frying batter to make punugulu recipe-dosa batter
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find punugulu recipe below

punugulu recipe | punukkulu | urad dal bonda
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Andhra's favorite and popular street food punugulu, punukkulu
Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: Indian
Yield / Serves: 3 to 4
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 4 cups dosa batter or ½ cup urad dal and 1 to 1½ cup rice
  • ¼ cup poha / attukulu (optional, use if your batter becomes runny / watery )
  • Salt to taste
  • oil to deep fry as needed
  • 2 green chilies (minced or can add paste)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  1. You can skip steps 1 to 4 if using dosa batter. Wash urad dal and rice separately multiple times till the water looks clear.
  2. Soak them for at least 4 hrs.
  3. Grind dal to a smooth batter with just enough water and salt without making it runny. Transfer this to a utensil.
  4. Grind rice coarsely and mix it well with the dal batter. Check the consistency now, it has to be thicker than pouring consistency. you can refer the step by step pics.
  5. If the batter is runny, powder attukulu in a different blender, add it to the batter and grind it again. set this side for 10 mins. It becomes thicker after it is soaked. Now adjust the consistency, if required, you may add very little water or can proceed as it is if the consistency is right.Check by making few fritters, if they are hard you need to add little water. if they are not crispy or they turn out oily, it means the batter is still runny.
  6. Add cumin, chopped chilies and onions.
  7. Heat oil to hot, adjust the flame to medium high, it must not be too low and not too high.
  8. Shape the batter to round balls with your fingers and drop them in the hot oil.
  9. Fry till golden color and transfer these to paper napkins.
  10. serve them warm with your favorite chutney
how to make maida punugulu
  1. mix ¾ cup maida, 3 tbsp rice flour, 3 tbsp curd, 1 green chili, 1 small onion, ½ tsp. chopped ginger, salt as needed and ¼ tsp soda. Set this aside for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. heat oil and deep fry until golden.

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