Rainy day munching & a happy start

Crunchy vegetable pakoras

Its a lazy rainy morning. One of those days when you want to drink a steaming cup of coffee (green tea in my case 😀 ) & gorge on some munchies all snuggled up in bed of course! As I stared out of my window, I was reminded of my days back in Calcutta, India when my ma used to rustle up some delish hot pakoras (fritters) with whatever veggies she could lay her hands on.

Ummm…heavenly!! The perfect comfort food in the rains. The crunch of the thin crusted fritters along with the pitter patter raindrops was like music to my soul.

Today sitting in Kuala Lumpur, I am suddenly craving for my mom made pakoras. I run into my kitchen & check the pantry. So I have a medium sized carrot, a large yellow bell pepper & two onions. Perfect! What better way to kick-start my blog than by sharing one of my favourite snack recipes. So lets get started.

Here’s what you need: (for about 15-16 fritters)

  • 1 big carrot  (cut in thin long strips)
  • 1 big bell pepper ( same as above)
  • 2 medium sized onions (sliced)
  • 2 chopped green chillies (depending on your heat tolerance)
  • few chopped mint leaves to add a fresh zing (my twist 😉 )
  •  For the batter:      
  • 5-6 tbsp of besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • some water for a semi thick batter
  • Now add the following spices:  
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Chaat masala- 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain (carom seed)- 1 tsp
  • a pinch of garam masala
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt to taste
  • lemon juice- 1 1/2 tbsp

Add the water slowly until you get a not so thick batter. Mix in all the veggies. Keep aside for 15-20 mins. Heat oil in a pan. Put a spoonful of batter one by one into the pan & deep fry the pakodas till dark golden brown.

Serve hot with green chutney, tomato ketchup, masala chai (tea) or chilled beer. The choice is endless. Simple pleasures of life 🙂

The veggies
The veggies
Besan
Besan
The final batter
The final batter
Deep fry the pakoras/ fritters
Deep fry the pakoras/ fritters
Yumminess
Yumminess
Crispy juicy pakoras!
Crispy juicy pakoras!

Published by Paramita Bhattacharya

There's no sincerer love than the love of food ~George Bernard Shaw. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I fall in the second category. As long as I can remember, my life always revolved around food. From celebrations to heartbreaks, food was the constant source of comfort. As much as I love to eat, I also love cooking and feeding people :) I honestly feel there's no other better way to spread love and bring happiness in people's lives. I am an ardent lover of Indian food and this blog is my space to share my passion with people at large. From sharing grandma's secret recipes to restaurant reviews, food tales from my travel days to discussing all things food! We all love good stories. Come, lets create some scrumptious food stories :)

3 thoughts on “Rainy day munching & a happy start

  1. Indeed no better love than the love of food. Especially when a great cook like you rustles up quick stuff for your better half. Proud of you, little sister. Looking forward to reading more of your culinary journeys.

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