Ba Ya Gyaw (Spiced Yellow-Pea Fritter)


1 cup              Dried yellow split peas (Kalar Pare) (Garam Dhal)
1                    Medium-size onion, sliced
1/4 cup           Chopped coriander (Nan Nan Pin)
2                    Small green chilies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp.          Ground cumin seeds
1/2 tsp.          Salt
1 tbsp.           Toasted chick-pea flour (Pare Hmont)
1/2 tsp.          Ground turmeric.
1/4 cup           Water
     Oil for deep-frying


Cover the peas with water & soak overnight.
Next day, drain and process to a coarse consistency.
Mix the peas with onion, coriander, chili, cumin seeds, salt, chick-pea flour, and turmeric. Add the water, mix well, and set aside for 1 hour.
Heat the oil in a wok. Prepare a ball with 1 tsp. of the pea mixture. Slightly flatten it and brown in the oil over moderate heat for about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

These fritters can be served warm with an Asian style salad or cold with a spicy salsa as an apetiser.