The Mumbai rains have been generous enough to bless us with occasional showers that create just the atmospehere to feast on some hot and crispy pakodas. The tiny drops of water going pitter patter on the window panes, a hot cup of chai and a platter of hot crisp pakodas..what more could one ask for. The drops soaking the dry soil bit by bit and the fresh smell of wet mud and greenery all around is truly a picture perfect setting. It is sure time to put on the kadai on to the hot stove and bring out those piping hot golden delights.
Rushina with her pakoda contest has provided just the excuse I needed to indulge. Potato pakodas it was and so in went the chunky potato slices into the gram flour (besan)batter for a royal dip and then were dropped into the hot oil to sizzle away. The house filled with the aroma that deep fried delights bring with them and I just couldn't wait to lay my hands on this lovely treat. Here is the easy potato pakoda recipe that we polished off with tea. This entry goes to Rushina's "hot" event.
Potato -2 (cut into thin round slices, leave in hot water for 5-7 mins)
Besan - 4 to 5 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp ( you may increase it as per your taste)
Asafoetida - 2 pinches
Salt - to taste
1- Make a thick batter with the above ingredients(except potato) adding water as required.
2- Dip in the potato slices. Let the potato slices stay in the batter for approximately 5 minutes to soak in the flavor. Deep fry till golden brown. Enjoy!!