Yesterday, when I was driving my daughter back from school it was raining and cold. I had made plans for dinner and all that changed in minutes. My daughter asked me if I can make her pakoda's for snack. In my heart I wanted the same and as soon as I got home I hunted down the recipe that I had collected from a tea shop owner in Coimbatore and set out to prepare the pakoda's. Later, I taught her how to make paper boats and we found a small puddle in our back yard to float them on. Here is a pakoda recipe for rainy days.
Deep Frying Pan
Measuring Cup and Spool
Besan/ Channa Flour - 2 1/4 cups
Rice Flour - 3/4 cup
Asafoetida Powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp for mixing in the pakoda
Onion - 1 Medium julienne
Ginger - 1 inch shredded
Garlic - 1 Clove shredded
Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp minced
Cilantro - 3 tbsp minced
Curry Leaves - 6 or 7
Oil - 2 cups for deep frying
Water - Enough to make a sticky dough
1. Heat the frying pan on medium high with oil for frying.
2. Mix the besan and rice flour in a bowl. Add asafetida, chilli, turmeric powder with salt and mix well.
3. Add oil to the mix so that flour and blend it into the flour. This helps the pakoda get crunchy.
4. Add ginger garlic, onion, mint, curry and cilantro leaves and mix well with the flour mix.
5. Add water little at a time and make a sticky dough.
6. Drop a bit of the dough in oil and check to see if the oil is ready for frying. If it raises up quickly then you can start making pakoda's.
7. Take a tsp amount of the dough and spread out and flatten in the center before dropping into the oil. This helps in cooking evenly and would avoid having uncooked flour in the middle.
8. Fry until they get crispy and golden brown. Remove and drain the excess oil in a paper towel and serve hot with some masala chai and chutney or ketchup.