Piyaju, Red Lentil fritters have a special spot in my heart. I grew up eating these in Bangladesh, but it only came during a special time. Not sure where this originated from, but Piyaju is a special treat made during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
I remember walking through the busy city streets of Dhaka, holding my dad’s hand, during Ramadan and watching these amazing crispy, spicy, fragrant…. oh so fragrant, little fritters being made on the sides of the streets. It was considered bad manner to eat during the day during the days of Ramadan, but my dad always snuck me a piece 🙂 Then once we got home, my mom would have a huge bowl, I’m talking a huge restaurant size bowl, full of crispy, fresh out of the oil fritters waiting for us to break the fast. Oh the joy!!