Urad Dal ke pakode/ wada | DIWALI SPECIAL | Kumauni Cuisine|How to make dal ke pakode

Diwali is synonym to family getting together and relishing some great food. Every region in India has a different food tradition and sometimes these traditions also vary from families to families. In our home in the small state of Uttarakhand, we make kumauni traditional Diwali savory snack ‘Urad Dal ke pakode/ wade‘. Dal ke pakode are made in our home just during the 3-4 day diwali festive days and are savored throughout the day.

Urad dal ke pakode are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, mildly spicy, aromatic and so tasty. Topped with some sesame seeds or til, they has a distinct flavour of their own and is a perfect snacks for family, friends and guests visiting on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

Urad dal ke pakode can be relished with green mint and coriander chutney , tamarind chutney or even tomato sauce.

Serves 5-6 people

Cooking time 20-30 minutes


  • 1 cup urad da
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped (or according to taste)
  • a handful of coriander leaves or dhaniya, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp jeera powder 
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder  (or according to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp til or sesame seeds
  • 2-3 cups oil to fry the pakodas


  1. Soak urad dal overnight.
  2. In the morning, strain the water and grind urad dal thoroughly to make a fine thick paste.
  3. Add salt, chilli, jeera powder, garam masala, onion, dhaniya or coriander leaves. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Put water on your palms so the batter doesn’t stick and make small balls and then flatten them in flat round, thin patties with hole in the center. Coat the top side with sesame seeds.
  5. Deep fry the pakodas in oil until they turn golden brown on both sides.

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