India Won! India Won!! Oh yes.. I’m a big fan of Cricket and totally glued to the TV ONLY when India is playing. The rest of the time, I just watch it because many teams have some good eye-candy players….. like Brett Lee (AUS), Chris Cairns (NZ) who retired, how sad!, Daniel Vettori (NZ)… and even India had some good ones like Rahul Dravid earlier and now Yuvraj Singh and ofcourse to watch Sachin Tendulkar is always a treat!
For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m sorry. The ICC Cricket World Cup is going on and yesterday team India beat Australia. And now they are onto the semifinals, to play Pakistan on 30th March. And it’s going to be WAR! 🙂
And to enjoy the Ind-Aus match even more, I had made hot crispy Onion Pakodas (Onion fritters) and served it with coffee for hubby dear, piping hot masala chai (spiced tea) for myself and milk for the toddler. 🙂
Pakodas (fritters) are a common tea-time snack in India and by late afternoon, it’s a common sight to see people eating them by the street side tea-stalls and bus and train stations. It’s a favored indulgence especially in the rainy season. During monsoons, people love to sit at home by their window, or in their patio and watch the heavy rains pour in….while munching on Pakodas (onion, chilli, egg, potato-bread…) and sipping on coffee or tea..
Well that’s in India, where you have many months of monsoon. But over here in the UAE desert, you only have a so-called winter for a month of two. And in such a place, rains are a far cry! Therefore, we don’t wait for rains to eat pakodas, or else you might end up eating them once a year…that too if you’re lucky! Because of which, any occasion is good enough excuse to make and enjoy hot pakodas in my house! And what better reason than India playing Australia, in the Quarter finals of the world cup.
So this post is dedicated especially to the Blue boys of Team India and every Indian celebrating our victory! Keep up the good job and hope to see you win against Pakistan and lift the World Cup too!
- Chickpea Flour (Besan) – 1cup
- Rice Flour – 1/3 cup
- Onion, thinly sliced – 3
- Green chillies – 2, sliced thinly (read note*)
- Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
- Curry leaves, chopped – 4-5 leaves (optional)
- Coriander leaves, chopped – 2 tablespoons (optional)
- baking soda – a pinch
- salt, to taste
- water, as needed
- oil, for deep-frying
Thinly slice the onions and rub it with a little salt and keep aside for 2 minutes. Then to this add thinly sliced green chillies, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
In another bowl, mix chickpea flour, rice flour, salt, baking soda and chilli powder. Mix well (remember you’ve already added salt to the onion mix…so add accordingly!).
Now mix both the flour and the onions together and sprinkle a little water if needed (maybe about 2 tablespoons). The water should be just enough to bind the mixture such that you if you take a portion in your palm, it should easily stick together to form a ball. But do remember, this is just a test to see if the water is enough or not, you don’t have to shape into balls.
Now heat oil in a kadai, take small portions of the mixture and deep fry it for about 3-4 minutes till it turns a nice brown in color.
Serve with chutney or tomato sauce.
- I love to bite into green chillies when I eat my pakodas. But since there’s a toddler eating too, I just increase the amount of chilli powder and totally avoid the green chillies. Else, it becomes too messy with me having to pull the chilli out of each fritter for him to eat, by which time he would have already lost the interest to eat. You can either add one or both the green chilly and chilli powder.
- By making pakodas this way, you get a good crunch and a better taste of the onions and green chillies because there’s less of flour coating it. At my mom’s place, she makes a thick batter of the flour mix, dips the onions in it and then fries it. This is equally delicious but less crunchy as the flour provides a thick coat to the onions. I make her way when friends with small children come over for tea as it’s easier for them to much on and also doesn’t hurt their gums! You can try both and choose what you prefer.