Thursday, November 5, 2009

Onion Pakoda

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A couple of weeks ago friends of mine invited me to a Diwali themed party. Everyone had to dress up in an Indian style and if possible try to prepare some typical Indian food.

I decided to prepare Onion Pakoda which are onions covered in a batter which are then fried. My boyfriend did all the frying for me since I'm always afraid of burning myself.

• 6 Onions
• 1 tsp Chilli powder
• 4 Green chillies
• 2 Cups besan
• 1/2 Cup rice flour
• A pinch baking soda
• Salt to taste
• Oil for frying

• Thinly slice the onions.
• Rub the onions with salt.
• Add the chilli powder, besan, green-chilli paste.
• Mix well to make batter. Avoid using excess water.
• Take a small portion of the mix at a time and drop it in hot oil.
• Fry till golden brown.
• Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Recipe origin
Recipe taken from Indo base.

The taste was very sweet even though the batter itself was very spicy.

Information on Pakora and Pakoda

Pakora is a fried snack found across South Asia. Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients, such as chicken, onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, cauliflower, tomato or chilli, dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them.

In southern India, Pakoras are known as Bajji rather than Pakoda. For it to be a Pakoda (note the spelling), a mix of finely cut onions, green chillies for flavour and gram flour is fried rather than dipping the onions in a batter and frying them. Unlike the pakoras of the north, this onion pakoda is very crispy outside and medium soft to crispy inside.
[Extract from Wikipedia]

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