Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating! This year is definitely different with COVID-19 present in our lives, this Ramadan we cannot celebrate with our friends and family. Hopefully everyone is taking care so stay safe, stay indoors and enjoy these piyajus!
Piyaju, piyaju, piyaju one of the most common terms heard in Bangladesh during the time of Ramadan. If you are not Bengali, you probably dont know what it is.
Piyaju is a lentil and onion fritter which everyone has at Iftar time, something most people in the country devour when they break their fast in the evenings. I have always said I am not a big fan of deep fried food but I had to add this since, Piyaju and Beguni (aubergine fritter, my next post) are to Ramadan in Bangladesh as what turkey is to Thanksgiving!!
1 Cup Red Lentils
1 Large onion (chopped)
3 Chillies (chopped)
½ Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
1 Tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)
1 Tbsp Chickpea Flour (optional)
Salt to taste
Soak the lentils for 30 minutes and drain water thoroughly.
Place in a blender and make a coarse paste. (Do not over blend and make a smooth paste)
In a bowl, add the lentils with the chopped onions, ginger, coriander and the green chillies, mix well.
The mixture needs to be coarse, if it looks runny then add some of the chickpea flour.
Heat a pan on medium heat and add oil, get ready to deep fry the fritters.
Take a spoonful of the lentil mixture and drop it slowly in the hot oil. It is best to keep them small so I just use a teaspoon.
Take a teaspoon and push it into the pan with another spoon.
Repeat with the rest of the mixture. You will need to do this in batches as one pan will not fit all the fritters at one time, and it is best not to over crowd the pan.
Fry until golden brown.
Place on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain any excess oil.
Serve hot and enjoy!