Sunday, November 02, 2008

Methi peanut pakoda

The British love their onion bhajis. This I know because of the number of times that I’ve made bhajis, on specific request, as a starter every time we’ve had friends around for a home-cooked “authentic Indian” (meal, naturally).

This time I decided to vary it just a bit with fresh methi and peanuts, hoping that they wouldn’t be rejected as “not proper bhajis” - and what do you know, the pakodas were such a big hit that the consensus was that I should “always do it this way”. Huh. So much for onion bhaji love – a love about as lasting and sincere as the tears raised by the fumes from the onions! *grin*

I have to say that the bhajis really were exceptional, though – the slight bitterness of the methi, the crunch of the peanuts and the sweetness from the onions… I guess I should not have been surprised that loyalties were transferred from the plain onion bhajis to these!

Recipe for:
Methi peanut pakoda


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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh methi leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped
1 cup raw red-skinned peanuts
2 medium onions, sliced thin
2 medium potatoes, sliced into thin sticks
3 tbsp rice flour
1 cup besan (gram flour/chickpea flour/kadala maavu) + more as required
1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
2 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
A few tbsp water

Method:

1. Put the vegetables and peanuts into a large bowl and mix well.

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2. In another bowl, mix the flours, spices and salt together.

3. Heat enough oil in a kadai or deep fryer. Meanwhile, add the vegetables to the flour and mix together with 3-4 tbsp water. Adjust the gramflour/water combination until the vegetables are just held together with the batter.

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It should not be too thick or too watery.

4. Pinch off small pieces of the dough and put in the hot oil a few at a time, taking care not to crowd the surface.

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5. Fry on medium high heat, turning the pakodas with a slotted spoon, until they are crisp and golden brown.

6. Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot with any chutney.

15 comments:

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Raaga said...

Hmmm... I made the plain version once. http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/01/piyava-baje-onion-fritters.html

Just once... and I will try your version now... methi is back ins eason :-)

thetastetinkerer said...

Aahhh...I'm craving for these bhajis now....yummy!!

news.linq.in said...

Methi peanut pakodas are looking very crispy & mouthwatering!
& you have also demonstrated so well followed with step by step photographs.
Good Post.

Regards,
Vibha.

Divya Vikram said...

They look too good! Perfect with a cuppa tea..

mummyjaan said...

They look delicious. Too bad this is one recipe I can't try because of the allergies running in our home. I will add methi leaves the next time and see how they turn out. Thanks for the idea!

Vij said...

Hi ya
This is my first time here. U have a lovely space...loved ur writing style...

Pakora looks gr8..chai , pakora and few drizzles - perfect day!

Jaya said...

Looks really great .
will try it once for sure.
hugs and smiles

catering equipment said...

Looks amazing!

Sunshinemom said...

My office canteen waala makes this once a fortnight and we hog!! Sometimes ordering a second one too:). No wonder you are requested to prepare these - they are terribly addictive!

anudivya said...

Hey, left you a comment on the "Carrot Rice" recipe that you posted long back. pls check. It might be important.

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Waiting for update...hurry up, please!

sra said...

Shyam, computer troubles still? Happy New Year!

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