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Onion and Potato fritters

Posted: February 25, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack, Street Food
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Every mumbaikers knows how unique, delicious and satisfying street foods are in mumbai. You can find stalls at every street corners, beaches and railways stations. And no matter what time you visit you will surely going to get hot food year around. I have never thought I will be missing these street food so much until I moved out of the city after marriage. And then I started craving each one of them. There’s something special about them that you cannot get at home. Ofcourse the one at home are healthy for you but co’mon they cannot beat the divinely tasty and unhygienic indulgence…:) correct?

Enough said let me come back to the point. So, today I am  going to share the recipes for kanda bhaji and batata bhaji which you will often get at Vada Pav stalls.  Kanda bhaji is onion fritters and batta bhaji is potato fritters.

Onion and Potato fritters

Onion and Potato fritters

Ingredients:

For Kanda bhaji:

  • 1 large purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup besan/Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

  • Mix the sliced onions with pinch of salt and keep it aside. It will leave some moisture.
  • Add besan followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to the onions. Mix well, and add some water to make batter. Batter should be thick and should coat every slice of onions.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once the oil is heated, drop few fritters and fry them until they are golden brown and crispy. Do it in batches, do not over crowd the pan.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot.

For Batata/Potato Bhaji:

  • 1 Large Idaho potato, thinly sliced, unpeeled
  • 1 cup besan
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • pinch of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Preparation:

  • Mix besan with rest of the ingredients except oil. The batter should be thick such that it coats the slices of potato.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying. Once the oil is heated enough, take a slice of potato, dip in batter and carefully drop in hot oil, one at a time. Do not over crowd the pan or else you will end up with soggy, not crispy fritters.
  • Fry the potato fritters on both the sides until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot with ketchup.
Onion fritters

Onion fritters

Recipe Yields: 2-3 servings

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakora is usually served as snack or appetizers. Pakora can be made in different ways using different ingredients which will be dipped in a batter of gram flour/besan and then its deep-fried in oil.  Yes deep-fried, sometimes I feel that I am not consuming healthy food but its ok once in a while and it also changes the taste of your palate. The most common veggie used to make pakoras are potatoes and onions. But my mom would use different kind of vegetable to make this fritters like egg plants, spinach leaves, cauliflower florets, lauki/bottle gourd to name a few. So, here goes the recipe:

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cauliflower florets
  • 1 small broccoli head, around 4-5 florets attached, grated
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, cut in like french fries
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji/black onion seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon semolina
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

  • Mix together the gram flour, potatoes, onions, cauliflower florets, grated broccoli, chillies, ajwain, kalonji, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt to taste make thick batter by adding little water. Keep the batter aside for sometime so that the flavour blend together.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over high heat, scoop batter with a tablespoon and drop it in oil.
  • Fry the pakora until golden brown and crispy from both the sides. Turn them occasionally.
  • Fry them in batches. Usually you will take 4-5 batches to finish the batter.
  • Serve hot with chutney,ketchup and of course hot tea to accompany these.
Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters