It is the monsoons. It is that cusp during the day when the afternoon handshakes with the evening. Heavy rains had just handed over the reigns to a slight drizzle as if to rest for a while. I am sitting in my balcony enjoying the drizzle as I count each drop of rain that falls onto the parapet of the balcony. With a hot cup of tea in one hand, I am enjoying the rains but…. Doesn’t it look like something is missing in this narration?
Yeah. It is the pakoras. Pakoras are always associated with a rainy day and a cup of tea/coffee. And that is what we have seen in our good old bollywood movies as well. Can it be any different in real life for we have always emulated movies into our real life? For a generation who has hugely been influenced by nature, beauty and movies, our real lifes are a reflection of us that we often encounter in some of these movies.
Rewind.. onto pakoras. While it is the traditional onion pakoras that normally find their way into the plates when we are enjoying rains, I prefer something like the bread pakoras along with some nice green coriander chutney. Why? Because every bite that I take of the bread pakora gives me a chance to enjoy the rain, the tea and of course the pakoras unlike the onion pakoras which is not more that a bite.
So, if you enjoy the rains and want to spend an evening in your balcony enjoying it, then you need to check out this bread pakora recipe of mine.
- Bread - 8 Slice
- Gram Flour/chickpea flour besan - 1 cup
- Ajwain carom seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/4th tsp
- Onion - 1 large finely chopped
- Garlic - 8 cloves crushed
- Green chili - 5 finely chopped
- Coriander leaves - handful finely chopped
- Salt - as per the taste
- Water - 1/4 cup or as needed to make a medium thick batter
- Vegetable/mustard oil - to deep fry
- Cut the bread into two halves or in a triangle shape and set aside.
- Filter the Gram Flour and take it out in a big bowl.
- Add water and make a paste which is neither too thick nor too loose (no lumps either).
- Now add ajwain, turmeric powder, salt, coriander leaves, green chili, onion and garlic and mix well.
- Heat oil in the frying pan.
- Dip each slice of the bread in gram flour paste and put it in the hot oil. (at a time you can fry 2 to 3 bread pieces)
- Fry both the sides on a medium flame until golden brown.
- Once done take it out on kitchen paper towels to drain excess oil.
- Repeat the same steps with all the bread pieces.
- Your delicious Bread Pakoras are ready now.
- Serve hot along with coriander chutney, tomato ketchup or tamarind chutney.
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