Archive for May 8th, 2010

ಗುಂಡಪೊಂಗಲು – GundaPongalu

I am not really sure why they are called GundaPongalu. Gunda means round, that is self explanatory. What does Pongalu mean here? Is it Tamil or Telugu word?

Anyway, my Mom prepares these almost every week. I had eaten these several times during my September visit to India. I also brought the nonstick pan or skillet which is used to make these as well. However, when I weighed my luggage at the airport, it was 10 kilos overweight and the airline asked me to pay a ridiculous amount of money. Since my parents were waiting outside the airport, I took a plastic bag and transferred most heavy weight items.

All those items made a journey back to the US when my Husband made a trip to India in March.

I had read in many blogs that gundapongalu can be made with dosa batter also. So, the next day I got hold of the pan, I had dosa batter and tried doing the same. In no time, the whole batter was all over the pan, and it made a huge mess. So, I thought better luck next time and washed and there it went to the basement.

Last week, my Sister told me she was preparing gundapongalu for breakfast. I immediately ran to the pantry, and started soaking all the ingredients.

Sneha loves these tiny round ones, and eats them happily with chutney. I have prepared this thrice over the past 2 months. Will have to see how to ship these to Chapel Hill from August.

So, here are the items required for the same:


  1. 1 cup urad dal
  2. 1/4 cup channa dal
  3. 2 cups idli rava
  4. salt to taste


  1. Soak both the dals in water for at least 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain the water, and grind with just enough water.
  3. Wash the idli rava and mix with the ground dals.
  4. Keep overnight such that the batter ferments.
  5. Next day, add salt and mix the batter thoroughly.
  6. Place the pan  or skillet on the gas stove, and grease the same.
  7. Now, add spoonful of the batter and let them cook on both sides.
  8. Should take around 5-6 minutes on each side.
  9. Serve hot with Coconut Chutney.

P.S: As you can see no onion or garlic in this recipe as well. So, another dish to prepare during Thursday’s. There is a slight variation in the recipe for the coconut chutney also. It tasted just so delicious. I will post that as well soon.

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