Bafauri are steamed lentil balls, healthy snack from the North Indian states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Chana dal is the lentil mostly used and this makes it Vegan, zero oil snack.

Ingredients of Vegan Bafauri

  • 1.5 cups chana dal
  • 1 onion
  • 5-6 bulbs garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon ajwain
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  •  cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped sweet pea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • water 
  • salt 

How to Make Vegan Bafauri

  • Soak chana dal for 4 hours.
  • Drain the water and grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer this paste to a mixing bowl.
  • It should resemble a thick lumpy paste.
  • Then add finely chopped green chillies.
  • Add sweet pea leaves and cilantro.
  • Add chopped onions, ginger and garlic.
  • Followed by baking soda, turmeric powder, chilly powder, ajwain, and salt.
  • Then add oil and water, mix and prepare a thick batter.
  • Grease your steamer plate with some cooking spray if you want.
  • Pour a spoonful of the batter into each mold and steam these cakes for 30 minutes on medium flame.
  • Once done, open the steamer and de-mold the bafauri carefully.
  • Serve it with some spicy green chutney along with your evening tea/coffee.


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