'Stay off from deep-fried food' is something I have to remind myself often, very often! Yes, I used to be such a junk-food eater and loved all those various kinds of fried goodies that you can think of! They are tasty and appetising and that was all I cared about as a child :P But yeah, over the years there has been a continuous conscious effort to eat healthy and hence these appetising yet cholesterol-heavy fried yummies have been kept at bay.
But you know what? Its really okay to indulge in a little bit of fried yums occasionally! Well, come on now... with the weather being so divinely beautiful outside... all you want to do is snuggle up against the window with a hot cup of coffee/tea... so don't you think the picture is only complete with a serving of crunchy-munchies?! :P Yay... I see a nod of agreement there! :D
So this is just that - a remedy to a rainy day craving :) Its a simple and quick to make crunchy-munchy pakoda made of capsicum and onions. It was just another day after work and the rain-gods decided to show us some love. Wasting no time, I quickly headed to the kitchen and made us this little snack which we enjoyed with our hot cup of coffee! :)
Makes: 20-25 pakodas
Capsicum - 1
Onion - 1
Green Chillies - 2-3
Gram flour - 2 tsp
Rice flour - 4 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Oil – For frying
Salt – to taste
- Slice the onions lengthwise, dice the capsicum into tiny squares and finely mince the green chillies.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss in the cut veggies.
- Add gram flour, rice flour, corn flour, a pinch of salt, a little red chilli powder and water as needed to make a mildly-runny-but-not-too-runny batter. Mix well.
- Let it rest for a while.
- Heat oil in a frying pan.
- Once the oil is boiling hot, using a small ladle scoop out portions of the batter and gently drop them into the oil and deep fry until they turn golden brown.
- Line a serving bowl with tissue papers and transfer the fried pakodas to drain excess oil.
- Let them rest for 2 minutes and then remove the tissue papers and serve hot with tomato ketchup or mayonnaise and a cup of hot coffee or tea!