Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂

Punugulu, Vgean Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!

Life comes with it’s share of mysteries, something that evades you on a daily basis; something that your small hands just cannot grab hold of. It could range from uncertainties about one’s future to an exam in school to cooking. While there is a spectrum of things that weigh on my mind every day, on the lighter end of it is snack time!

Yeah, for the life of me, I cannot seem to crack this mystery meal!

When do we have a snack? Is it too late and will it mess with my dinner? If I skip dinner, will I wake up in the middle of the night with a too-severe-to-lie-in-bed hunger pang? Do I make a healthy snack? Or is it alright to have a small portion of a not-so-healthy snack?

Punugulu, Vgean Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!

I know what you are thinking right now. You can see that meme with the guy laughing and saying “B****, please! I have bigger problems in life!” 😀 Trust me, I do too but the simple ones like these have a way of buzzing in your head like an annoying fly that keeps hovering around you!

However, come weekend, and I turn off all things that don’t let me relax. Weekends = Netflix marathons and food and unwinding. Snack issues are more like no issues over the weekend.  With punugulu which is the local name for vegan rice fritters gracing our weekend last Sunday, destressing was a breeze.

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!

Made with left over dosa batter, punugulu requires hardly any prep work but results in little bites of joy. Whether you are entertaining unexpected guests or dealing with snack issues like me, punugulu is THE recipe you must reach out for!

Click here for the dosa batter recipe. And here is the recipe for:



Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3-4


  • 1 cup dosa batter (Find the batter recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup soaked sabu dana/Tapioca Pearls (optional) – pre soaked
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp chopped curry leaves
  • 1/2 finely chopped green chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Mix all the ingredients well.
  2. Heat up oil in a deep pan. Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small drop of batter into the oil. If the batter floats to the top within 10 seconds, you are good to go.
  3. On medium high heat, drop in globs of the batter into the hot oil. Fry small batches and do not crowd the pan.
  4. With some light tossing, fry until the fritters turn golden brown.
  5. Dip into a sauce/chutney of choice and enjoy your snack!

My Take:

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