Monday, 11 November 2013

Pakora! Presenting: The Onion ring's exotic cousin! - recipe

I think I once said that I am not a big fan of fried food - but that was before I met Pakora! So, here I am - again - with yet another fried dish! A popular Indian snack, so you can eat it like this - with some chutney. But being a global Le Chef ( hm hm),  I also think this is a perfect side dish, or an element in a meze. I enjoyed it with a big salad, and with peach chutney.

With teenagers, onion rings is a hit anyway, and they did like the pakoras. You can find a lot of recipes on it, and different versions, and we also tried to make it with shredded cabbage and potatoes - but these exotic cousins of onion rings were the most popular ones with my family. This is how we did it:

PAKORA

You need: 
7-8 big onions, chopped in thin slices (OR 1/2 shredded cabbage head OR 6 sliced potatoes)
1 1/2 cup of chick peas flour (besan in Hindi)
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin
water (Chef's tips: add some soda water instead of water to secure the crispy-ness:-))
oil for frying

Mix for onion pakora and for cabbage pakora
You do:
Mix all the dry ingredients well. Add a little bit of water - just enough to make the batter hang together. It shall be thick and smooth, but not at all watery! Adjust with a little flour or water if needed.

Heat the oil. Form small balls with a spoon, and fry the pakoras until golden/light brown. Leave them on a plate covered with kitchen paper - after they have been fried!

Enjoy! 


24 comments:

  1. Pakora is Indian's favorite stuff to eat, especially when it rains. :) Nice recipe!

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    1. Thanks Renuka:-) Oh yes, I can understand why it is a favorite:-) Best to you:-)

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  2. Oh boy, I think I would like some now.. *bad cook alert*

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    1. Ha ha ha:-) Nice Jeena:-) Sooo tasty stuff!! Best regards to you:-)

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  3. Γεια σου αγαπημένη μου Eli
    Υπέροχο το φαγητό σου, φαίνεται πολύ νόστιμο!!!
    Σου στέλνω την αγάπη μου και πολλά φιλιά!

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    1. Thanks!!:-) Να εισαι καλα Μαγδα μου. Πολλα φιλακια!!! :-)

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  4. Yum, yum, yum! Can I please share some pakoras from that plate with you?

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    1. He he - anytime dear Arti:-) Best to you!

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  5. Exotic indeed!:)
    Well explained recipe.:D

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    1. Thanks a lot Nikhil:-) All the best to you!

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  6. I'm bad at cooking, but I'm expert in eating pakoras :D

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    1. He he - good one Anil:-) Thanks for following:-)

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  7. I am a pakora fan! That is pakora and chai at the same time, especially on a rainy day :-) a bit of fried food is ok ;-) good to hear you have a taste for them too!

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    1. Yum! Will try them with chai then - next monsoon maybe:-) Thanks for following Amelia- best to you!

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  8. The Pakoras look so mouthwatering! Glad you had a chance to meet the exotic cousin of the Onion Ring :)

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    1. Thank you Pallavi:-) Yes, a very positive meeting:-) He he ..Best to you:-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Megha:-) Best to you:-)

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  10. I love hot spicy food and this looks delicious. I'm always up for trying something new, so here goes.

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    1. Great! Hope you like them, and thanks for visiting:-)

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  11. Great !!! Well made crispy Pakoras.. Hot pakoraas with a cup of tea.. nothing else required on a gloomy evening :)

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    1. Thank you Smitha! I am constantly discovering new dishes in the Indian kitchen! Love your blog too:-)

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  12. im not a big fan of fried food, but would totally make an exception for this! any recipe that uses turmeric, chilis, and garam masala is money in my book!

    thanks so much for stoppin by my blog so i was able to discover yours! i love reading other expats adventures around the world...especially ones that are norwegian or american, because i have such close ties to both countries :):) especially a bergenser!! hope you have a great weekend and i look forward to many posts to come!

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    1. Thank you so much Megan! So happy to see you here! And ditto - really enjoy your blog:-)

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