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 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]