Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pakodi & Coriander Chutney: Photo A Day - A Snack

Day 9 of "May Photo A Day Challenge" : A Snack


Pakodis are probably the second most favorite snack of North Indians, first being samosas, undoubtedly! Pakodis are also the most preferred snack when it's raining. I suppose I wouldn't be wrong in saying that rains in North India are synonymous with "chai-pakodi"! So, while it wasn't raining today in my part of the world, I still decided to make pakodis for today's prompt. (In fact, I would have made samosas, if I only knew how to!) So anyway here's the pic...


Pakodi & Coriander Chutney

And here's the recipe...


For the Pakodi:


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup gram-flour (besan)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red chillie powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
pinch of asafoetida (heeng)
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain) if available
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup water
2 large onions - finely sliced
2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies and coriander leaves (optional)
oil for deep frying

METHOD:

  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottom fry pan.
  • Make a thick batter with the gram-flour, salt, red chillie powder, cumin, heeng, ajwain, ginger-garlic paste and water.
  • Mix the onion slices in the batter.
  • Pick small lumps of the mixture, and drop in hot oil.
  • Allow the batch to cook on medium flame, till golden brown.
  • Then remove from oil and drop in the next batch.

In the same way, you can make pakodis with cauliflower florets, eggplant/aubergine chips, potato chips, carrot chips, spinach leaves, green chillies, bread slices, cubes of cottage cheese, mushrooms... anything really. Just use your creativity. You can see a green chillie pakodi in the picture above, and a couple of bread pakodas too. I cut a bread slice into 9 cubes to make small bread pakodas.



For the Coriander Chutney:


INGREDIENTS:
100 gm fresh green coriander, large stems removed
2 green chillies
1/2 inch piece of ginger
a few stems of mint leaves (pudina)
a slice of raw mango or raw guava (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
pinch of asafoetida (heeng)
salt to taste
juice of a lemon
2 tbsp curd (optional)

METHOD:

  • Put everything into the blender and make a smooth paste. (Add a little water if required.)

Serve this fresh, low calorie dip with hot pakodas, or use it as a spread on bread slices, to make my favorite bhujia sandwich! :D

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This is my ninth post for 2013 May Photo A Day Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Photo A Day - Shape"


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20 comments:

Shilpa Garg said...

Wow! You made them only for the prompt!!! How cool! And they sure look tempting :D

Pixie said...

oh yumm!
I had pakodas just yesterday!
Delicious and perfect rainy day snack! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

I wish it'd start raining, just so I can eat this! Pakodilicious! :D

PS: We also seem to have two genders for the strangest inanimate things.

Pakoda, Pakodi.

Dibba, Dibbi.

Hathoda, Hathodi.

Sua, Sui

Gadda, Gaddi

Lakda, Lakdi

Chakla, Chakki

What is it, the size? If so, should a large chair be called a Kursa? And a large policeman, a palace? :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Shilpa - Hahaha! Yeah, I wanted to try some more photography, so decided to make something new today. I thought I'd invite a friend over from my building, but unfortunately, she chose today to be down with loose motions! :(

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Arre Pixie, I got so busy eating these pakodas that I completely forgot about my tea and it went cold! Had to re-heat it eventually! :p

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@OB - How do you do this dude! How can you manage to talk nonsense about anything in the Universe! Real talent yaar! Being able to churn out "creative bakwaas", comment after comment, post after post, year after year...! I'm impressed!

Btw, chakki and chakla are two different things.

Rainbow Hues said...

Cool, am sure it tastes great!

Afshan said...

mmmmmm pakodi !
its raining in bangalore and think of nothiing else :)
GN

Nandana said...

Wow! You even wrote down the recipe...kudos to you! Pakodis and chutney look inviting :( I would hate blog-hopping today, I'm sure!

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

They are different? I thought a big chakki = chakla. No?

Bhav.Zz said...

They look yumm!!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Kajal - Oh yeah, they were good!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Wow! Lucky you, Afshan! Wish it rained here too... it's scorching hot! :(

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Nandana, yeah since I made a fresh batch especially for the prompt, I thought I'd make it worth my time and share the recipe too! Oh yeah, there were some really mouth watering pictures posted yesterday!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

OB, seriously! How does you mom put up with you? Main to kab ka ghar se bahaar nikaal chuki hoti tumko! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Bhav.Zz! :D

Jidhu Jose said...

My Favorite :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Mine too, Jidhu... and they're so easy to make! :D

Smita said...

Aren't u bang on with that Chai Pakoda thing??? Sigh!! I wait for rains so that I can enjoy P's :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Smita - We had some awesome thunder-showers here yesterday! :D Wish this was Day 11s prompt! :P

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