Munthiri Kothu (green moong dal sweet)


Munthiri Kothu (green moong dal sweet)

1 cup whole moong dal
½ cup fresh grated coconut (dry can be used)
½ cup jaggery
8 green cardamoms
Oil to deep fry

Batter :
½ cup rice flour (I used store bought idiappam podi)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Water to make thick batter

Dry roast moong dal till light golden in colour. Add cardamoms and keep aside.
Dry roast coconut to light golden brown and keep side.
Grind moong dal along with cardamoms to get fine bits (fine semolina texture) and put in a bowl.
Grind coconut to fine bits and mix with dal mixture.
Add jaggery and ½ cup water in a pan and heat till jaggery melts. Sieve to another pan to remove any impurities.
Boil the syrup for 5 mins on medium flame. It doesn’t have to be one string consistency, but not too watery.
Add the hot syrup to dal mixture and mix well.
When it is warm enough to handle, roll small balls and place on a plate.

Make batter of rice flour, turmeric powder and water. Batter should be thick and not runny.
Heat oil in a shallow pan.
Dip each dal ball in batter and deep fry for few mins till all sides are lightly brown.
Transfer to a paper towel.
Serve warm and store leftover in airtight container.