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Baya Kyaw ~ Burmese Yellow Split Peas Fritters

Baya Kyaw are fritters made with yellow split peas. Vegan, gluten free fritters are crispy and flavorful.
Course Appetizer, Light Meal, Snack
Cuisine Burmese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 32 fritters
Calories 23kcal
Author Usha Rao


  • Food Processor
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pan for deep frying
  • Spoons to shape fritters
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Paper Towels to drain fritters


  • 1 cup Yellow Split Peas approx. or 225 grams, soaked overnight or for 7-8 hours
  • 1 Bird’s Eye Red Chili chopped or 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon Water for grinding the peas
  • 1 medium Onion chopped about ½ – ⅔ cups chopped Onion
  • Handful of fresh Coriander Leaves chopped about ¼ - ½ cup
  • ¼ teaspoon Paprika adjust to taste. I used 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Wash and soak yellow split peas overnight or up to 7-8 hours.
  • Transfer dal to a colander and drain water. Take ½ of the peas in a food processor and coarsely pulse it. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside.
  • Take the remaining peas in the processor bowl, add chopped chilies and process until smooth. Add some water if required. I added 2 tablespoon of water.
  • Transfer ground paste to the bowl of coarsely pulsed peas, add onion, cilantro, salt, chili powder/paprika, coriander leaves and mix everything together.
  • Heat oil in a pan to deep fry fritters.
  • Using a teaspoon scoop out some mixture. Using another teaspoon shape the mixture to an oval shape.
  • Drop in hot oil and fry for 2-4 minutes on medium flame until golden brown. Depending on the size of the pan, 6-8 fritters at a time. Do not over crowd.
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve warm with coriander chutney or sour chili tamarind dip.


  • Substitutes -Replace yellow split peas with chana dal. I replace bird's eye chili with green chili
  • Make ahead - Fritters freeze very well. Fry fritters until just golden. Let them cool completely before freezing, When ready to serve, defrost and grill for 2-4 minutes on side before serving. I have not tried this but it might work.
  • Variation - For a variation use moong dal instead of split peas or follow moong dal garelu recipe with split peas.  You can also follow masala vada recipe using just yellow split peas.
  • Nutrition - Values in the label are approximate for 1 fritter.


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg