Bengali Chorbir Bora (Mutton Fat Fritters)

%chorbir bora recipe debjanir rannaghar

Chorbir Bora is a delicious fritter prepared with mutton fat chunks and a few selected ingredients. These mutton fat fritters go amazing with simple Dal rice and also with a hot cup of Chai!


Units Scale
  • 200g Mutton Fat
  • 150g Red Lentil aka Masoor Dal
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Flour
  • 2 Onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste
  • 4-5 Green Chili
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Pinch Baking Soda
  • 1.5 Tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 200ml Mustard Oil


Soaking the Lentil

  1. Soak the red lentil in ample water with a pinch of salt overnight.
  2. Wash the lentil 2-3 times before soaking.

Marinating the mutton fat before making fritters

  1. Cut mutton fat into- bite-size pieces.
  2. I prefer using scissors to cut the fat!
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 Tsp. Salt and 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder.
  4. Coat the mutton fat chunks properly and keep those marinated for 30 minutes before frying

Prep Work

  1. Meanwhile, peel the skin and roughly chop the onions.
  2. Chop green chilies as well.
  3. You can increase or decrease the number of chilies depending on how hot you want the mutton fat fritters to be.

Making the batter

  1. Take the lentils. The lentils will be fluffy after 8 hours of soaking.
  2. Add 2 Green Chilies.
  3. Now add 1/4 Tsp. Salt.
  4. Mix the ingredients using a spoon.
  5. Now make a thick paste without adding additional water.
  6. You can use either a food processor or traditional Shil Nora to make the paste.
  7. I used a food processor and made the paste in 2 batches.
  8. Please refer to the pictures or video for the texture of the paste.
  9. Add chopped onion to this paste.
  10. Now add chopped green chilies as well.
  11. Add Rice Flour.
  12. Now add Turmeric Powder.
  13. Adjust Salt if needed. Consider that salt has already been added to the fat as well as in lentil paste.
  14. Add Garlic paste and ginger paste as well.
  15. Now mix using your fingers. You can use a spoon as well however, clean fingers work better!
  16. Mix till the time the onion releases moisture.
  17. Now add marinated mutton fat aka Chorbi.
  18. Mix for another 2 minutes.
  19. Refer to the pictures or video for the final texture of the batter. It should not be runny.
  20. You can easily make balls out of this batter.

Making Fritters

  1. Heat Oil in a pan till it changes color.
  2. You need oil in excess to deep-fry.
  3. Make 2" size balls out of the batter and drop 8-10 at once in the hot oil carefully.
  4. Make sure to add at least one chunk of mutton fat to each ball while shaping those.
  5. Upon dropping the fritters, the oil would start bubbling.
  6. Keep the flame low and keep frying the fat fritters.
  7. It will take around 5 minutes to fry each batch of Chorbir Bora.
  8. You may fry around 8-10 bora at one go depending on the size of the pan.


  • Mustard Oil to deep-fry the fritters.
  • Mustard Oil gives an amazing aroma to the fritters. 
  • Use a spoon to turn the fritters while frying them instead of using the spatula.
  • Use a perforated ladle or spatula that strains the oil to strain the bora once they are deep-fried.
  • Do not fry over high heat as the fat will need time to cook properly.
  • In West Bengal, while purchasing the mutton, we get the Chorbi aka fat for free (if asked nicely!)


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