Spiced Urad Dal Beignets with Apple Butter Filling

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Spiced Urad Dal Beignets with Apple Butter Filling

Can’t imagine a beignet (French doughnut basically) without flour?   Well think again!  Here is an example of the wonderful versatility one of the native pulses of India, “urad dal” or “black split mapte”.  This dal (a type of lentil) is traditionally used to make “vadas” (fritters) in India so I thought why not use it to make a sweet vada—a beignet!  If you can’t find this dal in the ethnic aisle of your local grocery store or you’re not blessed with a massive Indian mega-market near you, just look for it online.  A pound of this dal will last you a long way.


  • 1 cup urad dal (black split mapte pulse)
  • ¼ cup demerara cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¾ cup apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • ½ cup water (approximately)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  oil for deep frying


  1. Soak urad dal in water for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight if possible.
  2. Stir together sugar, cinnamon, ginger powder, nutmeg, and salt  and set aside on a plate for later.
  3. Whisk together apple butter and nectar and store in squeeze bottle in fridge.
  4. Strain out water from urad dal.  Add baking soda and vanilla extract.  Blend until thick cake-batter like consistency forms.  Add water a little at a time as needed.  This will require a few blends.
  5. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  6. Meanwhile whip batter manually with a fork for 3 to 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, fry batter in hot oil for about 2 to 3 minute per side or until golden brown.  You’ll know it’s done when the bubbles dissipate
  8. Toss in sugar and spices.  Poke hole in center of beignet using chopstick and squeeze in filling.  Enjoy immediately!


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