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A favourite snack in Burma, similar to those vegetable fritters known as pakoras in India.

Split peas - 1 cup
Medium sized onions - 2 (finely chopped)
Fresh red chillies - 2 (finely chopped) or 
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Oil for deep frying

Sliced onion and lemon wedges


  • Soak split peas overnight, or for at least 6 hours, in water to cover.
  • Drain, grind to a paste in grinder.
  • Mix in the onions, chillies, turmeric and salt. Make small balls and flatten to 1/2" thickness.
  • Heat oil in a wok and put fritters one at a time into the oil.
  • Fry only 6 or 7 at a time. Spoon hot oil over the fritters until they are golden brown.
  • Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Serve garnished with sliced raw onion and lemon wedges.

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