Monday, March 04, 2013

Onion capsicum pakoda

There was an era when "I will send you off to a hostel" was used by parents as a threat to make unruly children toe the line. Anybody who has lived in a hostel, though, will laugh and tell you that it is a totally baseless threat. The two years that I lived in a hostel are the years that I look back on with fond memories and a smile on my face. The independence that comes with living away from your folks is something that I feel every person must experience. One of the things that me and my hostel mates loved is the day that we would all come back to the hostel after a vacation. Each one of us carried back to the hostel something special from home - pickles, sweets, snacks, podis and chutneys - food in quantities that would last months in a small household would vanish within days in our room.
There are a lot of things that amma would pack for me and my friends in the two years that I lived away from home and I will catalog some of them in this Blogging Marathon where the theme I have chosen is Kids' Delight - Back to Hostel food.
These crisp, hot pakodas which are made without adding any water to the batter last for 2-3 days at room temperature. However, if you do pack them off to your kids' hostel, I guarantee that the kids will finish it off long before tea-time.

What you need:
Onion - 1, chopped very fine
Capsicum - a small one, sliced very thin and small
Besan/gram flour - 3/4 cup
Rice flour - 3/4 cup(Use 1 cup if you want the pakodas to be very crisp)
Red chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Hot oil/vegetable shortening/vanaspati/ghee - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - for deep frying( I used Fortune Rice Bran Health oil which I have reviewed here)

Take the chopped onion and capsicum in a bowl. Add 1/2 tsp of salt to it and rub well with your fingers. Cover and keep this aside for ten minutes. Rubbing salt on to the chopped veggies helps them release water.
Add the flours, red chilli powder and more salt if needed. Mix well. Add the hot oil and mix again.

 At this stage if the mixture still seems a little dry to you, it is fine. Let it rest covered for at least 30 minutes. 
You will see that sufficient moisture has been released by the vegetables and that you will be able to knead the flour to a thick dough.
 Pinch out small marble sized portions of this dough and deep fry in hot oil until it is crisp and well browned. Drain out excess oil.

When it is completely cool, pack in an air tight container and send it to your kids' hostel where it will become a huge hit and you will get requests for it the next time your child is back home.

Note: This can be made with onion alone or by adding any vegetable of your choice to the onion. Cabbage, ladies finger and cashew nut are some of the ingredients that can be added. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26
This post is a part of Healthy & Tasty Recipe Contest with Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil & 
This goes to Kamalika who is hosting Kids' Delight, brain child of Srivalli, themed on Back to Hostel Food.


Priya Suresh said...

Hard to resist to this crispy beautties,love to munch some.

Rajani S said...

This is a totally new way of making pakodas for me. I didnt know that you can omit water!!

I moved out of home after my completing my graduation,I also believe that staying away from family is a must. It helps you grow as a self sufficient person.

Vimitha Durai said...

Perfect tea time snack

lata raja said...

Very true about how eagerly each of us wait to dig in what our friends bring from home.
I remember my friend's mom packing rawa ladoos and in no less than 50 pieces at the least. All will be gone by the very evening, for it will be announced word of mouth and we cannot turn anyone away1
I make my thool pakodas the same way without water. They are much crisper that way.

vaishali sabnani said...

wow! now we can pack pakoras too!!...I bet kids will love them..leave alone kids..even the adults would not spare these...

Chef Mireille said...

so nice and crispy

Harini R said...

wow! never thought to pack pakodas ! They usually don't last a few minutes when fried at home and so the thought never crossed my mind :)

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Lol i too threaten my elder one these days with hostel!!!crispy pakodas!!!! Never knew that they will stay good for 2-3 days @ room temperature@!!I they look yummy.

Shylaja said...

Crispy and delicious Pakoda

Manju said...

You remained me my hostel days. Always home foods will finish with in 1 or 2 days. I haven't tried without water. Need to try this soon.

veena said...

Looks very crispy and inviting!!

Srivalli said...

How wonderful to actually get this details from experience! I never lived away from home and I always wanted. I used to read those books and used to want it so much..:(...anyway the food that the kids used to get back, was what caught my attention on picking up this theme.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I have never had pakodas with bell pepper! Such a nice combination in a pakoda :)

Unknown said...

bell pepper should give so much flavor and aroma to the cookies... sooooo delicious!!!
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Pavani said...

Pakodas look totally addictive. Delicious.

Suma Gandlur said...

My husband keeps threatening my 11 year old that he will pack her off to a boarding school in India. lol
Pakodas of any vegetable are welcome, as they all taste good.

Kalyani said...

crispy beauties.. I too dont add any water to the batter. these pakodas are welcome anytime :-)

preeti garg said...

Pakora look perfect and crisp

Corporate to Kitchen said...

waw! they look so beautiful. Thats such a great idea to add capsicum in the pakoras.

Rajani said...

Hi, here after a long time. And these pakodas look very yummy. Enjoying your recounts of hostel days.

Priya said...

These look yummy. My mouth is watering already. Gotta make these today. I am following you now. Hope you can do the same. You may check out some recipes for babies here.