It’s been a homecoming after a year and a half. A wonderful holiday spent with family, friends and, of course, good food is almost coming to a close. We’re making the most of every bit of the last phase of our holiday. We’re all set to leave, and as I spend one of the last evenings of our holiday chatting with family over our favorite combo of “Garma Garam Chai (Hot Chai) and Pakode,” I cannot but remember “yummy yum” and all of you. With greetings from India, below is one of our favorite snacks – Pakode.
« cup Besan (gram flour, available in all Indian stores)
¬ cup all purpose flour
¬ cup+ 1/8 cup Water
¬ tsp Chili powder
« tsp Salt (to taste)
Pinch of Baking Soda
Pinch of Asafetida (optional)
Mix all ingredients well with a fork. Slice vegetables of choice (onions, peppers, potatoes) into « inch thick slices. Heat oil in a deep frying pan. When the oil is hot, put a droplet of batter into the oil to check the temperature. When the oil is the right temperature, the droplet should come sizzling up. Maintain the temperature of oil. Dip the vegetable slices in the batter, one by one, and deep fry. Strain on a paper towel, serve hot, and enjoy your ‘Pakodas’.
Hot Pakodas are a great snack for the freezing winters. Hope you enjoy them as much as you enjoyed the lovely winter break.
Niranjana Neelakantan Gupta is an EC Partner. A home-maker, Niranjana enjoys hosting friends, cooking, writing and travelling.