Ragada Patties

Potato dumplings in dried yellow peas curry (serves 4)





Ingredients for ragada (dried yellow peas curry)

  • dried green peas (soaked overnight) – 1 cup
  • turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • red chilli powder/ paprika powder – 1/4 tsp
  • oil – 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • asafoetida  – a pinch
  • salt to taste

Ingredients for patties

  • potatoes – 5 medium sized
  • cornflour – 2 tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • handful of chopped mint leaves
  • handful of chopped coriander leaves
  • grated ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • lime juice – 1/2 tbsp
  • sugar – 1/2 tsp

Ingredients for garnish

  • coriander and mint chutney
  • sweet tamarind chutney
  • sev (crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste)
  • chopped coriander

Procedure for ragada

  • Rinse and soak the dried peas. Soak overnight or for about six hours in enough water.
  • Drain the water and rinse the dried peas after the soaking period.
  • In a pressure cooker, place the above rinsed peas with turmeric powder, asafoetida, oil and salt. Add water and mix well. Pressure cook for 20 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • When the pressure falls in the cooker on its own, open the check to see if the peas are cooked thoroughly. (These peas take a long time to cook, in case the peas are not properly cooked then let them cook for 10 more minutes.)
  • When the peas are done take them off the heat and set them aside.

Procedure for patties

  • Boil the potatoes on medium heat either in a sauce pot with water or pressure cook them.
  • Once the potatoes cool down peel them and roughly mash them.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix them well.
  • Now roll out small portions of the potato mixture into a ball and flatten it to make  a patty. Repeat to make all the patties.
  • shallow fry the patties on a nonstick pan till the patties crisp and golden brown.

Assembly of raged patties

  • Place 2 or 3 patties in a shallow plate and pour the ragada over it
  • Top with both the chutneys and sev and chopped coriander

Serve to Perumal and enjoy the Prasadam.