Assamese massor dal boror tenga or red lentil fritters in sour gravy.
Assam, a state in northeastern India known for its archeological sites, wildlife, tea gardens, and Assam silk.
A traditional meal in Assam begins with a khar, a class of dishes named after the main ingredient, and ends with a tenga or sour dish.
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For this month’s monthly challenge my partner is Shobana Vijay who blog at
Shobana gave me two of my favourite ingredients, potatoes and green chilli. And I choose this superbly delicious tangy masoor dal fritter curry or massor dal boror tenga.
I have already shared one more Assamese recipe
Masor tenga or tangy fish curry
Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup
Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon
Green chilli – 2
Garlic – 2 cloves, optional
Asafetida or hing – a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
Green chilli – 2, slit
Panch phoran ( a mixture of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and nigella or kalonji) – 1 teaspoon
Bay leaf – 2
Tomato – 4 medium, chopped
Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
Potato – 2 medium, boiled
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon
Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional
Salt to taste
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup
Cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli for garnishing
Wash the masoor dal or red lentil. Soak in water for 30 – 40 minutes.
Now grind the lentil with 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 chopped green chilli, 2 garlic cloves and a pinch of hing or asafetida.
Make a smooth paste. Add little water if require to grind.
Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.
Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Drop a spoon of lentil mixture in it. Fry from both sides till golden brown.
Place the fried lentil fritters on a paper towel.
You can taste one. Yummy isn’t it 😊
You can also serve it hot as a snack with any chutney or sauce.
Mash the boiled potatoes roughly and keep aside.
Now heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use same oil in which lentil fritters are fried.
Add panch phoran. And let it splutter.
Add bay leaf, chopped onion and slit green chilli. Fry till the onions become translucent.
Now add chopped tomatoes and 1 teaspoon grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes become mushy.
Add coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Add sugar if you are using. You can add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves too if you like.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add boiled and mashed potato and mix well.
Add 1 & 1/2 cup water and let it boil.
Cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
Add lentil fritters, stir well and switch off the flame.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.
Serve hot with steamed rice.
1. Fritters will soak the gravy so add water as you like the gravy thick or runny. I love thick gravy.
2. Add chilli according to your taste.
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