Crunchy Nepali Bara (Lentil Flitters) Recipe | स्वादिष्ट बारा बनाउने सजिलो तरिका | Newari Food

This is a recipe to help you make crunchy Nepali/Newari bara at your home. Bara is a classic Nepali appetizer that is very popular amongst the Newari community. Bara (Lentil Flitters) can be enjoyed as a breakfast, appetizer, or even as a snack. Who knew lentils could taste so good? These vegan crunchy lentil flitters/Bara (authentic Nepali food) are sure to satisfy.


1 cup urad dal (skinned black gram)

1 green chili

1/2 inch ginger

3 garlic cloves

1 cup cilantro

1/2 medium side onion

1 egg

salt to taste

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp hing powder (asafoetida)

vegetable oil for deep frying

  1. Soak urad dal overnight and rinse the water the next day.
  2. In a food processor, add urad dal, chopped onion, green chili, ginger, garlic, cilantro, egg, salt, hing, cumin powder. Make a paste without adding any water.
  3. Transfer to a bowl. The consistency should be thick, add urad dal if it is thin. Set it aside.
  4. Heat oil in  a deep pan over medium heat.
  5. Make a round dough with a hole in the center using wet hands. Carefully, add to the hot oil and let it fry for 3-4 minutes on each side over low flame and repeat.
  6. Transfer to the paper towel to remove excess oil.
  7. Re-fry the bara again for extra crispiness.
  8. Crunchy and spicy bara is ready to serve for your next party.
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