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Mixed Vegetable Pakodas /Pakoras /Fritters

>> Tuesday, June 29, 2010


One can easily make this any day in Seattle and more than 50% of the time can’t go wrong with it – cos its always pakoda season here in the Emerald City. These pakodas are probable the only thing that I cooked during the weekend. This saturday AJ and I ran/walked our first half marathon – Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon (I walked and AJ ran).

My timings were not great but im glad I managed to walk 13.1 miles within the time frame allotted, with no traffic chasing me ( yes, I came to know that there is actually a time limit till which the traffic is stopped on some of the main roads and then they are allowed normally – imagine trying to walk.run with cars honking behind you!!) with little – almost no training at all. We kept blaming the rain for a lousy day to go out for a run and then suddenly realized that we had only 3 more weeks to go! Still managed to do only two decent walk/runs and a few small ones thrown in here and there. Towards the end the aim was to complete without any major bodily injury. We had three more of our friends who had signed up for this and it is purely because of the company that I managed to finish this. Thanks everyone who encouraged and supported us in this! So because of this I was totally wiped out and we mostly ate out or managed with leftovers during the weekend except for these pakodas which I made for tea on Sunday. It was a perfect end to our lazy weekend except for the marathon of course.
Pakodas are fritters that can be made with onions, eggplant, spinach, mixed vegetables, pretty much anything and are generally savory. Umm actually I don't think I know of any non-savory pakodas.

Mixed Vegetable Pakodas – The Recipe

Cauliflower florets , really small florets to make sure they cook while deep fried – 1/2 cup
Onions, sliced thinly – 1/2 cup
Green bell peppers, cut into thin strips – 1/2 cup
Besan / Chickpea flour / gram flour – 1 cup
All purpose flour – 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds or Ajwain (carom seeds), use any one – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder / Cayenne – 3 tsp ( I used Kashmiri Chili powder for the bright color – use more of that as it is less hot that regular cayenne)
Asafoetida – a pinch
salt – to taste
Canola or Vegetable Oil – to deep fry
043 Mix all the ingredients together with just a little water to bind them together. Do not add too much water or else it won’t crisp up. Heat oil to deep fry. Once hot enough, add the mix to it a little by little using a teaspoon. Deep fry till crisp. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with ketchup / chutneys and a hot cup of tea / coffee. Here I have served it with some chilli-garlic sauce by Maggi.028


Sharmilee! :) June 29, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

Tasty snack...Luv those bright color of the pakodas

The Housewife June 29, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

Heavy reading, a marathon and some serious cooking.. you've been a busy bee! Congrats on completing the marathon...it's quite an accomplishment! The pakodas look perfectly crispy and so tasty...yumm!

simply.food June 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

Lovely and delicious a perfect snack.

Priya June 30, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

Beautiful crispies, love that last click, very tempting..

Priti June 30, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

Wow so tempting clicks..I love the tray...want everything along with teh novel...:)

Maaya June 30, 2010 at 1:24 AM  

wow this look so great. the combination of colors and taste make it great for entertaining

Shama Nagarajan June 30, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

delicious yummy fritters....nice presentation

meeso June 30, 2010 at 5:40 AM  

Yum, I noticed they seem extra crispy... Is that the addition of all-purpose flour?

Hari Chandana June 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

Wowwww... mouth watering pakoras.. looks perfect and delicious.. beautiful presentation.. :)

Shabitha Karthikeyan June 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

Wonderful pakoras..lovely pics..and I loved the cute little coffee cup..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal June 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

Wow, they look super and crunchy !!! I never tried a combo of besan and maida both.

Apu June 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Pakodas look yummy!!

Sarah Naveen June 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

beautiful click and pakoda looks perfect for tea...

Kairali sisters June 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Perfect perfect pakodas Manju..Would love to have some..

Kairali sisters

Yummy Team June 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Pakodas look perfect and crispy! Congrats on completing your first half marathon, Manju..

Superchef June 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

Thanks everyone :)

@ Meeso & Priya - yes the all purpose flour / maida gives that extra crispiness. Thats why I always add a little of that to the pakoda mix.

RV June 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Slurpp... I love your props especially the wooden tray and the tea cup.

Lawyer Loves Lunch June 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

I haven't had pakodas in forever! These look perfect and have inspired me to make some soon :) BTW, congrats on the marathon. Just the thought of thirteen miles makes me tired!

Rachana June 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

Delicious fritters! The last click is too tempting :-)

Joanne July 1, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

Congrats on finishing your first half marathon! That is such an amazing accomplishment. So will there be more in your future??

These little fritters look like the perfect way to celebrate!

PranisKitchen July 1, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

wow super pakoras and nice presentation

Rach July 2, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

Thanks for stopping by. The pakoras looks so incredible!

Suja Sugathan July 2, 2010 at 6:38 AM  

Lovely and delicious snack..would love to have some:)

Nithu July 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

that looks colorful and lovely...mouthwatering.

Maria July 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

pakodas look super crispy and lovely colour too!

Parita July 4, 2010 at 2:10 AM  

Pakodas look crispy and crunchy..perfect for a rainy day :)

Mythreyi Dilip July 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

Wow! pakoras looks very colorful and crunchy dear:)

Superchef July 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
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shifa firoz July 8, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

yumm.. perfect for Singapore climate now!

Turmericnspice July 15, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

perfect snack with chai....

Chef Fresco July 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Nice work on the race! The pakoras look tasty!

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