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Rajasthani Mangodi Recipe | Moong Dal Vadi + Video Recipe

What is Mangodi or Moong Dal Vadi?

Mangodi or Moong Dal Vadi is a sun dried condiment made from lentils in North and Western India, particularly Rajasthan, during the summers. Punjabi Urad dal Badi (or simply Punjabi badi) is bigger with split or whole black gram ground coarsely with salt and spices , and then the dumplings are dried to be used during the rest of the year. Both these vadis are sun dried, deep fried (in batches, whenever being used) and add to Kadhi (buttermilk stew) or made into curries with spinach or potatoes, so Palak Mangodi kadhi or Mango Alu Sabji are very popular dishes made with these Mangodi fritters

Significance of Sun Drying

Sun Drying vegetables or local produce is not new to Indian cuisine. It is an encient, time-tested method of saving local produce as well as an ingenous way of ensuring we eat vegetables and lentils through the year, regardless of the weather outside. We have Mor Milagai (buttermilk+sun dried chillies) or Vathal (sun dried vegetables like cluster beans, lotus stems, Turkey berry (Sundakkai) etc) which are all preserved with some salt and are sun dried. Kashmiris who face very severe winters are said to preserve most local veggies like gourds, Green beans, red chillies, tomatoes and even brinjal to last them through the harsh winter days. Some families are even said to sun dry haakh (local spinach) which is said to be a local delicacy. Of course from the west, we have Sun dried Tomatoes as a popular condiment – one which is used in pesto, sauces, dips etc.

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What do you need to make Mangodi

Mangodi needs basically 3 ingredients with a few addons here and there, depending on the taste

  • 1 cup Moong Dal (split green gram)
  • 3 red chillies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (skip for GF)

Optional Addons:

  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
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Sun-dried lentil fritters that are added to curries and kadhi

How to make Mangodi

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5 from 10 votes

How to make Mangodi~Moong Dal Vadi

Sun-dried lentil fritters that are added to curries and kadhi
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time15 mins
Sun Drying time3 d
Total Time3 d 30 mins
Course: Condiment, DIY
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Basics of Cooking, Condiment,, Lentil, Mangodi, Moong Dal
Yield: 100 grams
Author: Kalyani


  • 1 cup Moong Dal split green gram
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida skip for GF
  • 1 tsp Garlic pods optional
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric optional


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    Linking this to BM#123 under “Protein Rich Dishes” for this week.



    1. Srivalli Jetti

      5 stars
      I love this recipe and dish Kalyani. I remember making these some 10 years back and enjoyed it immensely..your post is reminding me that its been a while since I made it at home..this is surely such a delightful recipe…

    2. Suma Gandlur

      5 stars
      An apt one under the theme. I love the dishes made from mangodis. This mangodi have become a staple ever since I learnt about them. In fact, I am going to make a batch tomorrow. 🙂

    3. Ritu Tangri

      5 stars
      I bought a pack of mangodi during my trip to Rajasthan. Since I wasn’t sure of the taste, so bought one pack only. But surprisingly my family liked it. Never knew it’s so easy to make. will make it soon now.

    4. Harini Rupanagudi

      5 stars
      wow! making mangodi at home is definitely a wonderful idea. I use the store bought ones all the time.

    5. 5 stars
      This has been in my list to make for quite sometime as this can be included in many dishes. Thanks for the recipe.

    6. 5 stars
      I love making all these making from scratch. Moong dal vadi is such a delicious one to use in different curries. Bookmarking to try this soon.

    7. Shobha Keshwani

      5 stars
      This is a very useful post. Thanks for sharing the recipe of making mangodis at home. Will try during summer as we need sunlight for drying them well.

    8. 5 stars
      A very useful post Kalyani. Absolutely love the idea of making my own mangodis! Once the monsoon goes away will mak ea small batch for immediate consumption.

    9. 5 stars
      Mangodis are so similar to the kuzhambu karuvadams that are made in South . Love the way mangodis absorb the flavor of the gravy in which it is used .always a delight to use home made vadis

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