Kanji Wada – Small urad dal dumplings in Kanji (fermented water). 

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This is my absolute favorite. Not very common in many households but the  town I come from, it is a must have.

Small crispy urad dal dumplings soaked in kanji water, super umami! That rustic flavor and taste, hits the taste buds right.

served in leaf bowls, topped with spicy mint coriander chutney, it is just muaah! Wallah! And Oooh baby!! Grooving tasty 😉! I am not kidding. You have to try it to stamp my judgement.

The kanji recipe was already posted by me yesterday. So I am going to post urad dumplings recipe and process to put it together.

This is how I made it!

Main Ingredients 

Kanji – 4 cups. For the recipe Click here!

Urad Dal Pakodi/Dumplings – recipe given below

Green chutney 

Urad Dal Dumpling Recipe 

Urad dal, split and dehusked (white one) – 1/2 cup

Asafetida / Hing – a pinch

Salt and red chili powder to taste

Oil for deep frying.


  1. Wash and soak the urad dal for 3-4 hrs in enough water.

  2. Take the grinder or mixer, add soaked dal, asafetida, salt and chili powder.

  3. Grind it coarse with little water. We want dough-ish grind and not runny or loose. See the picture below.

  1. Heat the oil for deep frying. Wet your hands a bit and pick and drop 1 tsp or less of urad batter in the hot oil. You can make big dumplings but smaller, one bite ones are more fun. Fill the pan with dumplings and fry on medium flame, till slightly golden.

  1. The urad dal dumplings are ready.


1. Soak the dumplings in kanji for an hour before serving.

2. When ready, take a bowl and add 4-5 dumplings and 1/4 to 1/2 cup kanji. Top with some mint coriander chutney. Serve!

3. You can serve it in pani poori/golgappe/Puchka too, like I did! It was just super yumm!

Make this Holi special with this kanji wada!









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  1. Hi sonal
    Can’t find the kanji water recipe
    Can u pls repost
    Looks super yummy
    Thanks in advance

  2. Wow Sonal that is so incredible. The dumplings don’t get soggy and fall apart? Looks so good. It reminds of these crisp little puffs that you break open and add liquid. Not sure what they are but they are Indian. I am definitely making that fermented water, not sure I am adept enough for the dumplings but would love to try.

    1. So colorful and delicious. Would love to learn a bit more about this Holi festival. I’ve heard about it, but what does it symbolize? Any religious attachments to it?

      1. Thanks Loretta :).
        Holi is a festival of colors and is celebrated in March.
        It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.