19 Feb


Ragda is a popular Indian street food made with dried yellow peas. It is generally paired with potato patties for “ragda patties” or with samosa for “ragda samosa” etc. Yellow peas are pressure cooked till soft but not mushy. A gravy is prepared with onion and tomato and the peas are cooked in it to finish it off.
Makes: around 2 Cups of Ragda.


Dry Yellow Peas 1 Cup
Onion 1
Cashews 4
Tomato 2
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Cilantro for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil 3 tsps

Method of preparation:

Soak yellow peas in water overnight or for 6 – 8 hrs.
Refresh the soaked yellow peas with fresh water.
Pour fresh water to just submerge the yellow peas and pressure cook them with salt for 3 – 4 whistles.

Peel and slice the onion.
Wash and finely chop the tomato.
Wash and finely chop cilantro leaves.

Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add sliced onion.
Fry till onion turns translucent, add cashews.
Fry till onion turns light brown around the edges, remove from heat.
Cool them to room temperature and grind the onion and cashews into smooth paste along with a tbsp of cooked peas using sufficient water.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add cumin seeds.
Add chopped tomato and cook till it softens.
Then stir in garam masala, red chile powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Add ground onion cashew paste, cooked yellow peas and a cup of water.
Boil till peas mixture thickens a bit.
Remove the radga onto a bowl, add lemon juice.
Garnish with chopped onion, chopped tomato and cilantro and serve ragda.
Notes: Make sure yellow peas are soft and cooked well before adding to the pan.

Suggestions: If the peas are not cooked properly, boil them separately by adding half a cup of water till they are soft.
Variations: You can add just green chiles for spice and no red color. Ginger garlic paste can also be added to the pan along with cumin seeds.
Other Names: Ragda.

22 Responses to “Ragda”

  1. Sravanthi Rayapudi February 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    We just gone through your article in Eenadu News Paper and intrested to watch talimpu.com daily to get more exposure on new varities. Raji, hope, you remember me I am Sravanthi Vankayala (Amalapuram). Great Job Raji.

  2. meena wani February 21, 2010 at 1:55 am #


  3. rupa February 21, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    your recipes are simply superb. Please give me for some words other meanings, like asafoetida,toordal,yogurt……etc.,

  4. indira February 21, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    read your article on eenadu and wanted to check out the site. really wonderful. congrats and good luck.

  5. vamsi February 21, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    raji garu, mee gurinchi eenadu lo ivaala article vachindi.. we r very proud of u.. memu vizag lo untaamu.. na wife ki internet lo dorike vantalu anni try chesi naku pedutundi kaani nenu eppudu mana telugu vantalu ekkada dorakava neeku ani adige vadini ,, maa lanti valla kosa,m mee website baga upayoga padutundi. thanks a lot .. bheemavaram ninchi velli mana vantalu akkada prepare chestunnaru ante.. chaala great andi.. all the best and keep going.. meeru manchi restaurant kooda plan cheyandi.. take care..

  6. Pragyan February 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Awesome! The pic is so vibrant..got to make it. I use yellow peas to make the odiya recipe “guguni”..gotta try this!

  7. rama murthy.k February 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    i visited your website “talimpu” because of Enadu. Narrating the dish is excellent. keep it up

  8. chandana February 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Hai raji ds is chandu,i’ve seen ur website,its so nice,everybdoy can understand english,if u r able to give (method of preparation) in telugu also,dn no body can miss uuuuuuuuu,ok u can understand naa what i’m trying to tell you.

  9. sudha February 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Hello Raji garu….Mee website chosanu becase of Eenadu chalabagundi.

  10. sunny February 22, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Hi, Raji
    The images of ur recipes are extraordinary……

  11. mrudula February 22, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    excellent website mam.I got it through eenadu.All the best mam.

  12. thriveni February 22, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    Hi Raji,

    Yesterday i come to know about your site through eenadu. Really good. and doing wonderful job which will inspire most of the ladies who are sitting in home ideally having good knowledge. thanks

  13. Raj Kumar February 22, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    Raji Garu, I have seen your website because of eenadu, one more thing Mr.Venkatapathi (Eenadu Reporter) is my friend, and your site is vvvvery good.

    Best of luck

    Raja Kumar

  14. leela February 22, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    raji garu ,your recipes are excellent keep it bye

  15. Lakshmi February 22, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    Hello Raji!

    Mee website ni 21st Feb eenadu book lo chusi ventane chusi chaala santoshincanu! all the best keep it up!

  16. k.vijaya February 22, 2010 at 5:15 am #



  17. Vishala February 25, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Hi Raji garu
    I have seen your website because of eenadu
    Recipes are very nice&easy to prepare

  18. kanthi March 26, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    the photo makes me really hungry.. will make it tomorrow n let u knw..

  19. sahiti March 31, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    raji garu

    Me website chusanu.chala baundi.I hope every one would like it.ALL THE BEST!

  20. Madhavi June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    mee website,recipies chaalaa bagunnaee

  21. gayatri May 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    hi raji,
    you are so great inni recepies collect chesi na lanti
    poor illiterates(in cooking) ni literates ga covert chestunav
    i love u sooooooooooo much for ur hardwork


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