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Showing posts with label Besan. Show all posts

Pyaz Besan Paratha | Onion Gram Flour Flatbread [Video]


Pyaz Besan Paratha Recipe with step by step photo and video instructions. Pyaz Besan Paratha is an Indian stuffed wholewheat flatbread. Pyaz Besan Paratha is a flatbread that is stuffed with onions, spices and chickpea flour or gram flour. Pyaz Besan Paratha is vegan.

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onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread

Life sure does look different today than it looked a month ago. And apart from overworking myself to the ground, constantly checking Twitter and panicking about not having enough food supplies to last me a few weeks, I have been cooking even more, well, just to keep me occupied. I'm also learning to be more frugal where I was liberal before and trying to make my limited supplies last longer.

While this situation did not give rise to this Pyaz Besan Paratha, it somehow feels apt to post it now.

I first came across the idea of making this paratha through a TV show where the chef made the stuffing with just the gram flour or chickpea flour or besan, lime juice, sugar and salt. I loved the idea and tried to replicate it. But being a spice lover, I just added in quite a few spice powders for flavor. Oh, yeah, I also have onions for texture, and well the slight sweetness they add to the paratha.

This pyaz besan paratha is made from long lasting ingredients like onions, flours and spices. The only fresh ingredients with a short shelf life that I used here are green chillies and coriander leaves. You can use or skip these based on your choice.

onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread


onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread


Pyaz Besan Paratha has a very simple stuffing made by frying onions until translucent and then adding green chillies, besan, and various spices. I like to add in a little sugar too, for a change. Amchur or dry mango powder along with the lime juice, add a sour note to the paratha and the fresh green chillies along with the red chilli powder, add some heat. While you can make the paratha dry like Sattu paratha with no water, I prefer the stuffing to be a little moist.

I did not video shoot the dough making process, but it is the regular dough used for parathas, phulka, chapati or roti. It is a very simple dough made with whole wheat flour, a little bit of salt and plain tap water. This is mixed and kneaded until you have a soft smooth dough. Since this is a flatbread recipe, the dough needs no proofing time and you don't even really need to rest it, but traditionally the dough is rested to activate the gluten in it. I suggest resting it for at least 15 minutes. You can also knead this dough in advance and store it in an airtight box in the fridge for about 1 week. I have never frozen the dough, so I cannot comment on it.

Pyaz Besan Paratha is vegan and fits a plant-based diet.

Pyaz Besan Paratha is best served hot along with some butter, or curd, or the desi Indian pickle.

Stay home and stay safe!


onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread


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Pyaz Besan Paratha Recipe


onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbreadPyaz Besan Paratha is an Indian stuffed wholewheat flatbread. Pyaz Besan Paratha is a flatbread that is stuffed with onions, spices and chickpea flour or gram flour. This paratha is vegan.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Total time:     60 minutes
Yield:                8 Parathas


Ingredients:


For the stuffing:


1 large Onion
4 Tbsp Gram flour (Besan / Chickpea flour)
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Amchur or Dried Mango Powder
0.5 tsp Chaat Masala
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
3 Tbsp Oil
0.5 cup Water
0.25 Lime

For the dough:


3 cups Wholewheat flour
0.5 tsp Salt
Water as required
Oil to fry

Method:


1. To make the dough, take the whole-wheat flour in a large bowl and add salt. Add water as required and knead it into a soft smooth dough. Cover and rest for 15-20 minutes. If the dough is left over after making parathas, this can be stored in the fridge and used to make chapatis or rotis. 
2. Heat the oil for the stuffing in a pan and add in the finely chopped onions. Fry until translucent.
3. Add the finely chopped green chilli and mix well.
4. Add in the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, amchur, and chaat masala. Mix well.
5. Add the besan and roast until lightly browned on low heat.
6. Add in the sugar, salt and red chilli powder and mix well.
7. Squeeze in the lime juice and add 0.5 cup of water in parts. Mix well.
8. Turn off the heat and add in the finely chopped coriander leaves. Allow the stuffing to cool. 
9. Dust the rolling platform with whole-wheat flout. Take a lime sized ball of the dough and roll it into a small disk. Roll the edges thinner.
10. Spoon in the stuffing and seal the edges of the dough.
11. Dust more whole-wheat flour and roll out the paratha to a thickness of about 3mm.
12. Heat a pan and grease it.
13. Place the paratha on the pan and spoon oil over and around the paratha. Cook the paratha on medium to high heat.
14. Flip the paratha when the first side is cooked. Cook the paratha until the second side is cooked too.
15. Serve paratha hot with butter, pickle or curd/yogurt.

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onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread

onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread

onion chickpea flour stuffed whole-wheat flatbread



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Vegan Omelette Recipe | How to make omelet without eggs [Video]

Vegan Omelette or Vegetarian Omelet without eggs! This omelet is made using chickpea flour and plain all purpose flour.  Enjoy it guilt free!

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eggless omelette made with chickpea flour

This Vegan Omelette HAS to be on your breakfast menu!!

Eggs have always been so tightly associated with breakfast, that if you don't eat any (like me), you are left with very few options. Well, until now!! Presenting the Omelet without eggs, that tastes just like it was made with eggs. You can hardly tell the difference.

This Omelet has become a go-to breakfast for us on those busy weekday mornings or on those really lazy Sunday mornings. Sometimes, dinner too.

I have to thank Gee for introducing me to this recipe. She saw this online and made it for me. We LOVED it!! We were surprised that this tasted so much like the real deal. I've tried the cheese omelet and trust me, that is so so close to the Cheese Omelet made with eggs that you could fool anyone.

eggless omelette made with chickpea flour


Wondering what makes this taste like the real egg omelette? Black Salt. Just one simple ingredient.

The funky smell of black salt has always been equated to that of eggs. The smell comes because of the high sulphur content in the salt. Much like those hot water springs, but much milder. Black salt is now easily available online and pretty much all over the world. If you do buy black salt, you can use it in so many more recipes or sprinkle it over fruits or that salad for a different taste.

Why you SHOULD make this Omelette:

  • If you turned vegan and miss eating eggs, then you should make this and be guilt free. You can eat the cake and have it too!
  • It is so easy to make, you should definitely add it to your breakfast recipes list. After all, we are always looking for one more of those to add to the kitty.
  • If you've never eaten eggs in your life, at least, now you will know what they taste like and what the hypes all about.
  • Got any more good reasons? Leave a comment.

eggless omelette made with chickpea flour

eggless omelette made with chickpea flour


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Vegan Omelette Recipe | Eggless Omelet Recipe


eggless omelette made with chickpea flourVegan omelette or vegetarian omelet is an omelet made with chickpea flour and plain flour instead of eggs. A quick breakfast recipe.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     10 minutes
Total time:     20 minutes
Yield:                Makes 4 omelettes

Ingredients:


0.3 cups Chickpea Flour
0.3 cups Flour
0.25 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Black salt to taste
Pinch of baking soda
Water as required
Oil to pan fry the omelettes

Method:


1. Take the chickpea flour and plain flour in a bowl. Add 0.5 cup of water and whisk until smooth.
2. Add in the turmeric powder, chopped onion, chopped green chilli, chopped coriander and mix well.
3. Add in more water if required.
4. Add in the black salt to taste and mix well.
5. Add in the baking soda and mix well.
6. Heat a pan and grease it. Spoon in the batter and cook on medium heat until one side cooks.
7. Spoon some oil over the top and flip the omelette. Cook until the other side is cooked.
8. Remove from heat and serve with toast.



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North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota - Part 3 - Soppina Palya | Mixed Greens Curry | Muddi Palya [Video]


Jolada Rotti Oota is a North Karnataka Thali that has jowar roti, spicy curries and condiments along with salads and sweets. North Karnataka style soppina palya or muddi palya is a curry made with a single variety or mixed green leafy vegetables like amaranthus, spinach, methi or dill (sabasige).

jowar roti with soppina palya or muddi palya, jolada rotti oota

The third part of my "North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota" series is here. Today I am sharing the recipe for Soppina Palya or Muddi Palya. 

"North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota" refers to the "thali" or plate meal presented in the photo above. It is a popular meal in the northern regions of the state of Karnataka. The Jowar Roti or Jolada Rotti, that I shared on Tuesday, is the star of the meal. These gluten free, vegan and oil free flatbreads are made from jowar or sorghum millet and if made well, totally melt in your mouth. The bland rotti is always served with spicy sides like Yennegai, Soppina Palya and Kaalu Palya.

mixed green curry with chickpea flour

Soppu refers to any green leafy vegetable like spinach, amaranthus (harive soppu/ dantina soppu) , methi (fenugreek) or dill leaves (sabasige). This curry  can be made with either mixed greens or just a single type of greens. It is one of the simplest curries on the plate. To make the curry, you need to cook the greens until they are completely done, even overcooked works fine. You can pressure cook them too. It has minimal spices, just turmeric powder and red chilli powder. You can add garam masala or any other spice mix you want to enhance the taste.

There are different variations of the muddi palya, this recipe uses gram flour (besan) or chickpea flour in it. You can also use cooked toor dal (pigeon pea lentils) instead. The quantities in the recipe below are just guidelines, adjust them to your taste. Add more besan or dal if you want to increase the quantity of the curry or if you just enjoy the taste. Besan will make a thicker curry than dal. Add water as per your requirements.

My mom always added peanuts to the curry, so I continue to do so. If you are allergic or if you don't like peanuts, you can skip them. You can replace them with fresh tuvar also.

This Soppina Palya tastes fabulous with wholewheat rotis or naans too. 


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Soppina Palya | Mixed Greens Curry | Muddi Palya Recipe


mixed green curry with chickpea flourNorth Karnataka style soppina palya or muddi palya is a curry made with a single variety or mixed green leafy vegetables like amaranthus, spinach, methi or dill (sabasige). It is traditionally served with Jolada Rotti or Jowar Roti.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     15 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     45 minutes
Yield:               Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


5 cups of mixed Green leafy vegetables (amaranthus, spinach, methi, dill)
1 large Onion
0.25 cup Peanuts
5-6 Tbsp Gram Flour(Besan) or 2 cups boiled Toor Dal
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1-2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
3 tsp Oil
Water as required
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add finely chopped onions.
2. Once the onions have turned translucent, add the peanuts and saute for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the chopped green leafy vegetables and 0.5 cup of water. Cover and cook until the greens are completely done. You can either use just one variety of greens or a mixture of what is available.
4. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. For added taste, you can add garam masala too.
5. If using besan, mix the besan in 1 cup of cool water until there are no lumps and add to the curry. Stir immediately and add 1 cup more water as the besan will immediately thicken. Add more water if you want a thinner curry.
6. If using dal, add the dal and mix.
7. Adjust seasoning and spices as per taste.
8. Simmer on low heat until the raw taste of the besan is gone or for 5-8 minutes.
9. Serve hot with jolada rotti or wholewheat rotis.



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Lauki Kofta Recipe [Video]


Dumpling made from Bottle Gourd and simmered in a creamy tomato and nut based vegan gravy. 

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy

So I've had a good last week. My bestie flew in on Sunday and we had one of those "Shop-till-you-drop" evenings, where we managed to fill her empty bag with all sorts of stuff and our tummies with some guilty goodness. She even got me juicy ripe sweet Mankurad Mangoes, a variety only available in Goa and cherished by all back home. I'd forgotten how delicious they tasted. Thank you Nammu!

And then there was a very slow monday at work, which was just fine with me.

Tuesday was Labor Day, so we took full advantage of the holiday and went out to meet more friends.

That's how the week looked like, meeting friends and eating delicious mangoes that reminded me of my seaside state of Goa. And yes, the rains!!!

It's also been raining heavily at nights with strong winds. The kind of nights you want to sit near the window with a cup of hot tea and feel the occasional spray of water on your face. I've been enjoying those.

A good mood also makes me want to cook good food. So I've been whipping up some delicious indulgent treats. Did you check out my last post on Eggless Blueberry Muffins? They are a winner and definitely not to be missed!

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy

While I was onto to cooking good food, I made this Lauki Kofta in a creamy spicy tomato based gravy too. One more into the indulgent basket. The only reason I feel a little less guilty about this one is because of the Bottle Gourd or Lauki - it is super healthy. Bottle Gourd is full of water and fiber and is perfect for summers. It is known to cool down your body plus help you reduce weight.

Although I know it is good for me, I am not particularly fond of bottle gourd. But this is one of the only ways I really enjoy it. It is also a sneaky way to make your kids / family eat this bundle of health.

Traditionally, koftas are dumplings made of meat, but this is a vegan version of the same. Also, koftas are usually deep fried. I tried to make it slightly healthier by shallow frying them in a Paddu Tava. You can bake them or shallow fry them in a regular pan too.

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy


Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy
Shallow frying in a paddu tava

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy

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Lauki Kofta

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy
Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              2-3 Servings

Ingredients:


For the Lauki Kofta


1 whole or 2.5 cups grated Lauki or Bottle gourd
3-4 Tbsp Besan / Gram flour
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Salt
Oil to fry the Kofta

For the Creamy Tomato Gravy


2 medium Onions
2 medium Tomatoes
0.25 cup Cashews
0.5 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Red Chilli powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method:


To make the Lauki Kofta


1. Peel and grate the lauki. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the lauki and keep the water aside to use later.
2. Add the garam masala, red chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, besan and salt.
3. Mix well. If the dough is too stiff, add a little of the water set aside. If the dough is too watery, add more besan.
4. Shape the dough into koftas.
5. At this point, you can choose how to cook the koftas, you can deep fry them until golden brown or shallow fry them. I fried in a paddu tava. You can use a regular pan to shallow fry, however you may need to flatten the koftas a little bit. You can also bake or deep fry the koftas.
6. Fry them until golden brown and crisp. Keep the kofta aside.

To make Creamy Tomato Gravy


7. Soak cashews in warm water and keep aside. You can use almonds instead.
8. Grind together the onion, tomato and ginger-garlic paste with a little water until smooth.
9. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
10. Once the cumin seeds brown, add the onion-tomato paste and cook on low flame until the water evaporates.
11. In the meanwhile, grind the cashew or almonds into a fine paste using a little water.
12. Once the gravy thickens, add the red chilli powder, garam masala and cashew paste. Mix well.
13. Add the squeezed lauki water as required. Add more water for a thinner consistency.
14. Add salt and mix well.
15. Simmer for 4-5 minutes on low heat.
16. Add the koftas and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
17. Serve hot with rice or roti.


Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy


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    Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata


    What's next on your breakfast table? How about this light and fluffy Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata made from chickpea flour, zucchini and spinach!

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    Breakfast time!

    I've been eating clean this week. I've got some annoying breakouts on my face and I have gotta get rid of them. By clean eating, I mean no sugar, no greasy fried food, no processed food, basically no giving into temptation. So HARD, especially when people in office are getting sweets and chocolates pretty much everyday.

    Instead I'm eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the start of the week I had oranges, apples, pomegranates and strawberry. Yummm. So fresh. I'm also on my way to making my first ever all natural orange face pack. Hope it works...

    How to make vegan frittata recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life How to make vegetarian vegan omelet recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

    Even if you don't have any acne or other skin problems, just try this little trick my sister Gee taught me. Soak orange peels in a mug of water for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Use that water to wash your face. Careful with your eyes though - keep them shut. That water has such a fresh fragrance of oranges, it will wake you up instantly and leave your skin smelling all orange-y for a good half hour. I'm not even a fan of oranges, but I definitely loved that fresh feel in the morning. If you have any such wonderful beauty rituals, leave me a comment.

    Beauty tips aside for the moment. Let me get back to my clean green recipe - Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata. Frittata is usually a really thick omelet that is either baked or cooked in a deep pan on stovetop. This vegan zucchini spinach frittata is made from chickpea flour or gram flour (besan). lightness of the frittata is achieved by adding fruit salt (eno). If you don't find fruit salt, replace 1 tsp of fruit salt with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of lime juice or citric acid. Allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes to let the baking soda react with the citric acid.

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    You remember this wonderful Vegan Zucchini Kale Lasagna I made last week? I still had some baby zucchinis left over from it, that I sliced into thin slices and used here in this frittata. It is clean and it is green, One green ingredient down, more to go.

    I wilted some spinach with garlic and chopped that roughly and added it to the frittata for my second and last green ingredient. Toss in some chopped onions and tomatoes and we are all set to make the frittata. Here's the fun part now, you can flavor this frittata however you like. I kept it minimal and only added a pinch of turmeric and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes. You can add anything from herbs like oregano, thyme, basil to spices like cumin, fennel or carom. After all, you are the CHEF!

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    If you made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment here or on Facebook, tag your tweet with @oneteaspoonlife on Twitter and don't forget to tag your photo #oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram. You can also email me at onetspoflife@gmail.com. I'd love to see what you are upto. 

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    Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata


    How to make vegan frittata recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life How to make vegetarian vegan omelet recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comVegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata is a pan fried vegan frittata (thick omelet) made with chickpea flour (besan), zucchini and garlic wilted spinach

    Recipe Type:  Breakfast
    Cuisine:            Indian
    Prep Time:     10 minutes
    Cook time:     15 minutes
    Yield:                Makes 2

    Ingredients:


    1 cup Chickpea flour or Besan or Gram Flour
    2 cups chopped Spinach
    2 baby Zucchini
    1 small Onion
    1 small Tomato
    2 Garlic Cloves
    1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
    1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
    1 tsp Fruit Salt or Eno
    1 cup Water
    4-5 tsp Oil
    Salt to taste

    Method:


    Mince the garlic. Finely chop the onion and tomato. Slice the zucchini.
    Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.
    Add the minced garlic and fry for 20-30 seconds.
    Add the chopped spinach and fry until wilted. It may take around 2-3 minutes.
    Take the chickpea flour in a large bowl.
    Add turmeric powder, chilli flakes, salt, fruit salt and 1/2 cup water. Add more water if required. The batter should be loose and light.
    Heat a small non stick frying pan and grease it.
    Spoon half the batter onto the pan.
    Sprinkle half of the wilted spinach, zucchini, onion and tomato. Alternately, you can add all the vegetables to the batter before spooning the batter.
    Cook on low to medium heat. Spoon oil on the sides.
    Once the first side browns slightly, spoon 1 tsp of oil on the top and flip the frittata.
    Cook until the second side browns slightly. Remove from heat.
    Repeat the same steps with the other half of the batter.
    Serve hot.


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    Cucumber Pakoda or Khire ka Pakoda

    Cucumber Pakoda or Khira Pakoda is my latest offering in the junk-food-meets-healthy-food recipes.

    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi

    I've grown up on cooked cucumbers more than uncooked ones. I know, not a lot of you have heard of cooking cucumbers. But if you are from around Mangalore, you know your cucumbers well. My mom used cucumbers in sambar, palya, kadabu and my favorite -Akki Rotti.

    I've recently started experimenting with cucumbers. I've made Cucumber Dhokla recently. But never in my wildest thoughts had I imagined I would be making Cucumber Pakodas and ENJOYING it too !!!

    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi

    I was introduced to them recently at a temple that refrains from using root vegetables. I was unaware of this fact and very unsuspectingly ate it assuming they were potato pakodas. I was pleasantly surprised that they were cucumber. I have been waiting to make them since then. Saturday was the perfect day. It was raining. Well, it'd been raining the whole last week, and heavily, I must add. Eating pakodas and sipping hot tea is my favorite thing to do when it rains.

    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi

    So on Saturday, I dragged my bean bag as close to the balcony, that little spray of rain on my face gets me all excited. Took my plate of cucumber pakodas and my steaming hot cup of tea and plonked on it. I also had this really exciting English Regency romance novel by Sophia Nash that made a perfect read considering the stormy weather outside. Ah! Simple pleasures of life. 

    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi

    Let's get back to the Cucumber Pakoda. This pakoda is made just like all the other pakodas, only this time instead of an onion or a potato, we dip sliced cucumber into the batter and fry it. I used regular cucumbers that we use in salads. Not the Mangalore Cucumber. Preferably, use something that has a lower water content to get an even tastier pakoda.

    The batter is very simple. Take some gram flour or besan and add salt, red chilli powder, salt and water to get a smooth batter. The consistency of the batter should be thick enough to coat the cucumbers. I added ajwain or carom seeds as I love the flavor in pakodas. You can skip this or replace it with coriander powder or cumin seeds. I also added a pinch of baking soda, this can be avoided too. 

    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi

    Sprinkle chat masala while serving or serve it with some delicious mint coriander chutney.

    Send me an email or leave me a comment on this Post or Facebook or Tweet to me if you tried these awesome pakodas. I love hearing from my readers, so write to me.

    Cucumber Pakodas or Khire ka Pakoda


    Cucumber pakoda fritter sautekayee bonda khira khire kakdi
    Cucumber slices dipped in a batter made of besan or gram flour and spices and deep fried until golden brown.

    Recipe Type:  Appetizer
    Cuisine:            Indian
    Prep Time:     10 minutes
    Cook time:     20 minutes
    Yield:                Serves 2-3

    Ingredients:


    1 Cucumber
    4-5 Tbsp Besan or Gram Flour
    1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
    1/4 tsp Ajwain seeds or Carom seeds
    1/2 cup Water
    Salt to taste
    Pinch of Baking soda
    Oil to fry
    1/2 tsp Chat Masala(Optional)


    Method:


    Slice the cucumber into thin slices.
    Mix together the besan, red chilli powder, ajwain seeds, baking soda and salt.
    Add water by the spoonfuls until you get a batter of desired consistency. The batter should be thick enough to coat the cucumbers.
    Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small spoonful of batter in the oil. If it immediately rises to the top, then the oil is ready for frying the pakodas.
    Dip the cucumbers in the batter and carefully drop them into the oil.
    Cook them on medium heat until one side is golden brown. Flip the pakodas and cook until the other side is done.
    It takes around 3-5 minutes per pakoda. Cook them in batches and do not crowd the pan.
    Sprinkle some chat masala over them and serve hot with mint coriander chutney or ketchup.
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    Maggi Pakoda | Instant Noodle Fritters with Step by Step Photo Instructions


    Maggi Pakoda recipe with step by step video instructions. Maggi Pakodas are deep fried fritters made using Maggi instant noodles, chickpea flour (besan) and a few spices. Maggi Pakoda are instant noodles fritters and any instant noodles can be used. Maggi Pakoda are perfect for snacking on a rainy evening. They go famously with a hot cup of chai.


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    maggi instant noodles fritters fried pakoda chickpeas besan

    Every time it rains, I want something hot and spicy (and mostly fried). What I crave when it rains, I crave more when we are out on a long drive during rains. For all those health food eaters out there, this post is most definitely not for you, unless of course you occasionally binge on some DELICIOUS fried food. This is one of those one-time INDULGENCE recipes that just makes you wish it rains every day.

    On a different note, has an idea gotten stuck in your head and grown into a tree until you can no longer resist it? Something like “Inception”? On one of these long-drive-in-rain, I imagined what would a “Maggi Pakoda” taste like. And after that, nothing tasted good enough on that drive. I wanted MAGGI PAKODA, that’s it! And I thought I was being very inventive and all with my idea of Maggi pakoda until I heard it has already been around in Delhi for a long time. Those Delhi-ites definitely know their fried food.

    maggi instant noodles fritters fried pakoda chickpeas besan

    Maggi is an instant noodle brand from Nestle. And since it was the first instant noodle brand in the Indian market and remained the sole one for many many years, instant noodles are synonymous with Maggi for most of us. So when I say Maggi, you can think of ANY instant noodles. Any noodles you like.

    The first time I went to Rohtang Pass in the Himalayas to see snow, I was pleasantly surprised to find little shacks selling Maggi at that altitude. Absolutely loved eating Maggi while our teeth chattered with the chill in the air. The next time I went to Rohtang, I was actually looking forward to eating Maggi up there. Maggi, Chai, and the mountains felt like heaven.

    maggi instant noodles fritters fried pakoda chickpeas besan

    How many of you out there have had hot hot Maggi when you’ve gone to a cold cold place? Let me know your story.

    These pakodas have that warmth of noodles and the crispiness of the pakodas all combined in one. Perfect for rainy evenings. You can use any instant noodles, Chinese flavored, Thai flavored, Chicken flavored, as I said anything. Just cook the noodles as usual, add the chickpea flour or besan, mix and deep fry.

    maggi instant noodles fritters fried pakoda chickpeas besan


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    Maggi Pakoda or Instant Noodle Fritters

    maggi instant noodles fritters fried pakoda chickpeas besan
    Maggi Pakodas are deep fried fritters made using Maggi instant noodles, chickpea flour (besan) and a few spices. Maggi Pakoda are instant noodles fritters and any instant noodles can be used. Maggi Pakoda are perfect for snacking on a rainy evening.

    Recipe Type:  Snacks
    Cuisine:            Indian
    Prep Time:     10 mins
    Cook time:     30 mins
    Yield:                12 pakodas

    Ingredients:


    1 packets Maggi Instant Noodles
    3 Tbsp Chickpea Flour or Besan
    1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
    1 tsp Garam MAsala (if not using the tastemaker)
    2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
    1-2 tsp Chaat Masala (Optional)
    Water as required
    Salt to taste
    Oil  to deep fry

    Method:


    1. Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add 1 tsp of Oil to it.
    2. Add the instant noodles to the water and cook until the noodles are done. Do not add the taste maker to it.
    3. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the water and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking.
    4. Mix in the taste maker or 1 tsp Garam Masala, red chilli pwoder, salt and coriander leaves.
    5. Add the chickpea flour or besan and mix until combined.
    6. Add more salt and chilli powder if required.
    7. Heat Oil in a deep pan for frying.
    8. Divide the noodles into small portions.
    9. Once the oil is hot, carefully dump the portions in the oil.
    10. Fry on medium to high heat. Flip the pakodas once the lower side is partially set. Keep stirring the pakodas until all sides are browned and cooked. Remove from heat once the pakodas are crisp and golden brown.
    11. Sprinkle chaat masala (optional).
    12. Serve hot with ketchup.


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