Peyaj-Aloo Pakora (Onion-Potato Fritter)

‘Pakoras’ (fritter) are the most popular snack prepared in Indian homes. There are different types of ‘pakoras’ can be prepared. As ‘Telebhaja’ is popular amongst Bengalis, ‘pakoras’ are popular amongst other communities. The recipe varies from person to person on their personal taste. ‘Pakoras’ are small fritters where chopped vegetables are used with other spices and ‘besan’ and deep fried in oil. These ‘pakoras’ are best served hot with a hot cup of tea or coffee!

Ingredients to serve 4
  • 3 (Large-Thinly sliced) Onion
  • 2 (Medium-Thinly sliced) Potato
  • ½ – ¾ cups Besan or Gram Flour or Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Tbsps Rice Flour
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Ajwain or Carom Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Nigella Seeds
  • 2 – 3 (finely chopped) Green Chilli
  • to taste Salt
  • Oil – For deep frying

Steps:

  1. Wash and cut onion and potato thinly. Now dab the sliced onion and potato in a kitchen towel.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients. If required add some more besan.
  3. Combine all together very well. The consistency of the mix should be thick so that the pakoras can hold the shapes. Leave for 5 minutes.
  4. Add salt and mix one more time.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai to smoking point then turn the heat on low. Now drop a little amount of this pakora mix in the hot oil.
  6. Do not over crowd. Keep the heat on low medium.
  7. Fry till crisp and brown on all sides.
  8. Serve with hot tea or coffee.
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