Monday, July 28, 2008

Its Raining!!!

The moment it starts raining, two things hit my mind the fastest; the sweet aromatic smell of the parched earth after the first few drops, and the urge to eat something spicy and, still better off, fried.

Weather has been quite pleasant in Chennai for the last 4 days. It was raining on the weekend and so I started evaluating my options to munch on, as I should get it ready before it stops raining, being the major criteria :)

Most of the street food in India is spicy and oily, does it taste good? Must be kidding, it is awesome. Some of the common street food in Mumbai would typically consist of Paav Bhaji, Vada Paav, Daabeli, Onion Pakodas, Bhel Puri, Paani Puri, while in South you normally see varieties of Dosas, Idlis and Sambhar Vada being sold on carts. North displays variety of Chaats on its streets like Gol Gappa, Dahi Paapadi Chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Aaloo Tikki; so also, you cannot miss the sight of Samosas, Bread Pakodas, Jalebis, Mix Veg Pakodas in any of the streets in Delhi.

Onion Pakodas came to our rescue.

Onion Pakodas
1 Onion
½ tsp Chilli Powder
2½ T Gram Flour (Besan)
Salt to Taste
Oil to fry

Cut the Onion into julienne and add salt and chilli powder to it.

Onion julienne
Let this stand for 10 mins, so that Onion will give away its extra water and the pakodas will turn out crispier. Add the Besan to form a thick mix. Normally the water left by the Onion would be enough to form the mix, only if required add some water to it

Heat oil in a wok. Take some of the mix in your hands and drop little by little in the oil.

Onion Pakodas
They taste great with Tomato Ketup and a big cup of Hot Tea.

Hot Cup of Tea

We finished them really fast, I am going to make it with 2 Onions next time. Meanwhile I'm off to pray to the Rain Gods :)


Jayashree said...

What lovely, crunchy looking pakodas.....that and a hot cuppa is absolute bliss....


i too love onion pakodas in the monsoon n a hot cup of masala chai with it, sounds divine. the pic looks great. 1st time at ur blog. keep it going

Nidhi said...

Definitely Onion pakodas without a cup of tea, Unimaginable. Glad you like it.

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bee said...

perfect for a lazy saturday afternoon!


Rachel said...

Perfect company on a rainy day!!

Sunshinemom said...

I make this often too! Goes well with chai, coffee and even with rasam or curd rice! Yummy:)

Nidhi said...

Prefectly said.

I second that!

Curd rice and Onion Pakodas are quite a combination you have!

srikars kitchen said...

looks nice & delicious.... crisy...

Nidhi said...


Purva Desai said...

Onion bhaji with a cup of sizzling hot tea....perfect for a rainy day.
You can send this for Rushina's pakoda event..

Nidhi said...

I would have loved to...I guess that closed on 31st july :( (I heard abt this event only yest)