Challa Punugulu | Buttermilk Fritters

Challa Punugulu, also known as Buttermilk Fritters, is a popular Indian snack made from fermented batter of rice and urad dal . They are typically deep-fried and served with chutney or sambar.

Here is a basic recipe for Challa Punugulu:


  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 1/2 cup of urad dal flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • Oil, for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the rice flour, urad dal flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.
  2. Mix well and make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Cover the bowl and set it aside for 2-3 hours or until the batter ferments.
  4. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  5. Using a spoon or your hands, drop small balls of the batter into the hot oil.
  6. Fry the punugulu until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  7. Drain the punugulu on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  8. Serve the Challa Punugulu hot with chutney or sambar.

Note: You can adjust the consistency of the batter by adding more or less buttermilk. Also, you can add some chopped onions, green chilies, or cilantro to the batter for extra flavor.






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