Dhaler-Bora : A South Asian Delicacy Perfect for Iftar

Guest Post by Author Shoohada Khanom who shares an easy to make family recipe for lentil fritters.

Ever since I can remember, Dhaler-Bora has always been a Ramadan nibble. Served alongside Kisuri and Chana Biran, it has always had its place on the iftar table.


  • Red lentils ( 1 cup works)
  • 1 onion
  • a small handful of fresh coriander
  • 2 green chillies
  • a quarter teaspoon of mixed curry powder
  • a quarter teaspoon of holdi (turmeric) powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil and a deep fryer


  1. Soak the red lentils for about 3 hours.
  2. Drain the lentils. Blitz it with a hand blender until it’s a fine paste.
  3. Add finely chopped onions.
  4. Add finely chopped green chilies.
  5. Add finely chopped fresh coriander.
  6. Add a quarter teaspoon of mixed curry powder.
  7. Add a quarter teaspoon of holdi.
  8. Add salt to your liking.
  9. Give it all a good mix.
  10. Make a small round little ball and carefully drop it into the heated deep fryer. Keep doing this until your whole mixture is finished.
  11. Cook on slow-medium heat, until they turn browny red. And enjoy!


BioBorn and raised in London, writer and children’s books author Shoohada Khanom has authored and traditionally published four children’s pictures books. Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between home educating her children and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in Bolton with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes. Visit her website at ShoohadaKhanom.com to learn more about Khanom and her acclaimed works.


Picture credits : Afelia’s and Hamaree Rasoi.


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