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Pesara Garelu Recipe (Green Moong Dal Vada)

  • Author: Dreaming Loud
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40
  • Diet: Vegan


Pesara garelu or green moong vada is a popular snack in Telugu speaking states of India. It is easy to make and nutritious



  • 2 cups of green moong dal (pesalu)
  • 1 big onion
  • 4 green chilies or as per taste
  • 1 Inch piece of Ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 whole bunch of cilantro
  • 56 mint leaves (optional)
  • Salt as per taste

Variation #1

  • 1/2 cup of green moong dal (pesalu)
  • 1 1/2 cup of chana dal


  1. Wash green gram and soak it for 4-5 hours. For variation #1 wash and soak green moong and chana dal in a bowl for 4-5 hours.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste along with green chilies, salt, ginger, garlic, and mint leaves. Avoid adding water while grinding and do not grind it to a soft paste.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add finely chopped onions, curry leaves, cilantro, and mix well. I use this electric chopper to chop all veggies at once.
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium flame. I used a sauce pan as it takes less oil and I don’t mind working in batches to fry the garelu.
  5. Using a polythene cover or your palm. Spread a little amount of batter and make a hole in between.
  6. When the oil is hot, slowly slide vada in it; add 3-4 vadas at a time. Flip and deep-fry both sides until they turn lightly golden brown and crisp.
  7. Drain excess oil and transfer them over kitchen paper on a plate or bowl.

  • Cuisine: South Indian (Andhra)


  • Serving Size: 2

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