• 4 large onions thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup besan(chickpea flour)
  • 1teaspoon chilli (red pepper) powder
  • ½ teaspoon carom seeds(ajwain)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)powder
  • ½ teaspoon haldi/ turmeric powder
  • ¼ coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice powder
  • A pinch of soda-bi-carb
  • Salt to taste

These are deep fried snacks and extremely popular especially served hot during the heavy mosoon rain showers when its cold or during a really chill winter evening. It can really get your spirits up. All you health conscious friends would probably turn away at the mention of deep fried, but in moderate doses and when wiped dry with a tissue, they can be enjoyed by one and all. Really crisp snacks that are a great pep up mantra…………These Fritters or Pakoras or Bhajias are made from Onions/ Kanda/ Pyaz and are also used to create a fun snack called Bhaji Pao, a speciality of Mumbai city (onion or potato fritters stuffed between a bread bun like a burger or vada pav). You can also get creative with other veggies like potato fritterscapsicum (shimla mirch) fritters, Aubergine (brinjals/ egg plant/ baingan)fritters and cauliflower fritters.

METHOD:

  1. In a bowl add the onion slices and apply salt so that the onions releases a lot of water.
  2. Add  carom seeds, cumin powder, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and  chilli powder to the onions.
  3. Lastly add the besan and the rice powder,mix well.
  4. Add the soda-bi-carb and little salt(remember that you have already added salt to the onions).
  5. The batter is formed of desired consistency without adding water but if it is too thick add a little water.
  6. Heat a pan or a wok and add oil to it. Once the oil gets heated add lumps of the batter with hands or with a spoon.
  7. The onion slices should be should be separated while dropping the fritters to make it crispy.
  8. Deep fry till brown and crisp.
  9. Similarly you can make fritters using other vegetables such as potatoes, brinjals, cauliflower and capsicum fritters.
Kanda Bhajia