Ulli Garelu/Indian Savory Onion Donuts

Happy Srirama Navami!!
I recalled my childhood memories and there is not even one festival I could remember of that passed by without making garelu in our house. My mom used to grind the batter on the morning of the festival in a wet grinder and used to set up a big kadai on mud stove (Kattela Poyyi) to make garelu. hmmm...Good old days..I miss them a lot...
Well enough of my memories and stories here is the recipe for tasty ulli garelu..Enjoy guys!!


4 cups Urad dal(Minapapappu)
6 to 8 Green Chillies
Small piece of Ginger
1 large onion finely chopped
1 small bunch coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tbsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1 tsp baking soda(Optional)
Oil for deep frying


Soak Urad dal in water over night. In a mixer/grinder grind the urad dal, green chillies, ginger and salt, without adding water to tight paste. Grind in batches. The batter must be really tight to make garelu.
Take the batter into a bowl and add onions, cumin seeds, baking soda and coriander leaves. Mix well.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan or kadai. For making the garelu you can use your hands or use polythene cover or plastic grocery bag. I used a plastic grocery bag. Wet the polythene sheet or grocery bag with your hand very lightly. Now wet your hand, take a small ball of batter onto the grocery bag and pat into round shape and punch a hole in the center.
Drop gently into hot oil and fry on each side till golden brown(may be 4 to 5 minutes per side).
Take them out and drain them on a paper towel. Serve with Palli(Peanut) chutney or Kobbari Chutney.
Today I made my version of Palli Chutney to go with garelu. Here is the recipe for Palli Chutney.


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