Famous bollywood movie song : Lagi ajj sawan ki phir jo jhaddi hain … Eyes , tongues and heart starts looking and wanting a delicacy called Pakora or Veg Fritters
Pakora pronounced , also called pakodi, is a fried snack (fritter). Originally from India it is found across South Asia. he word pakoṛā is derived from Sanskrit पक्ववट pakvavaṭa-, a compound of pakva ‘cooked’ and vaṭa ‘a small lump’ or its derivative vaṭaka ‘a round cake made of pulse fried in ghee.
Pakoras are an all-time favorite snack in our country. They are perfect for a rainy day, and delicious paired with a cup of hot spicy Indian chai. Pakoras are made with a variety of vegetables dipped in a spicy besan (gram flour) batter and deep-fried .
The pakora is filled with flavours from fennel seeds (saunf) and chaat masala and is made without deep-frying, hence preserving nutrition of the vegetable.
My favorite in Pakora are the following :
Mirch ka Pakora : Easily mistaken for a deformed capsicum, the bhavnagri chilli is usually stuffed with paneer, cheese, potato or even mixed vegetables and then deep-fried. Start our meal with this crunchy starter.Mirchi ka pakora is a spicy delicious treat for those who enjoy the hot green chilies. It is perfect with hot cup of tea on rainy days. They are so many different ways to prepare these spicy pakoras if you do not like hot then use mild chilies.
Onion Pakora : Whether you want to entertain guests or just enjoy the pleasant rainy evening or cold wintery days, crispy and spicy onion pakoda can never go out of fashion. Its even better when accompanied by masala tea or your favorite chutney. With this step by step photo recipe, making it at home is now easier than ever and you can’t go wrong with it even if you are novice. In this simple preparation, onions are mixed with gram flour, rice flour and basic Indian spices and then deep fried until crispy.
Cauliflower Pakora : North Indian fried cauliflower Pakoras are also known as Bhajji(s) in the South. These are addictive and especially perfect with the rainy weather. And needless to say, these disappeared . This and Ginger tea made the evening immensely pleasurable! Ah – rain, how I love thee! My mom makes them after parboiling the cauliflower florets for few seconds. I used to steam them for a minute or so earlier. But later on, I realized that these tasted as good without parboiling/steaming them.
Bread Pakora : Its a famous Street Food in the Northern parts of India. Spicy Potato stuffing and crispy fried chickpea crust leads to crunchy outside and yummy delicious inside stuffing. It feels like heaven to sit with family on rainy day evening and enjoy hot bread Pakora with Hot Tea. Pakoras are served piping hot, direct from the fryer into plates. You can make two types pakoras using same chickpea batter. Stuffed Bread Pakora and Plain Bread Pakoras – without stuffing. In India, stuffed bread pakora has filling of mashed potatoes, though you can also stuff pakoras with grated paneer(Indian Cheese).
So ladies and Gentleman … With every drop of Rain , enjoy pakora’s and cup of tea …