MASALA BATATA WADA-POTATO FRITTERS

Batata Wadas are among the most popular street food of India. made with potatoes and spices my version is ideal for festive and religious occasions when onion and garlic is absent from menus. I use a dark Khandeshi masala to bring zing to this recipe.

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MAKES 8

1/2 KG BROWN COOKING POTATOES STEAMED AND PEELED

1.5 TBSP KHANDESHI KAALA MASALA (readymade or home made) OR USE A GOOD GARAM MASALA

JUICE OF HALF A LIME

2 TBSP FINELY CHOPPED CORIANDER LEAVES (OPTIONAL)

FOR TEMPERING-

1 TEASPOON BLACK MUSTARD SEEDS

PINCH ASAFETIDA

2 TBSP VEGETABLE OIL

2-3 INDIAN GREEN CHILLIES FINELY CHOPPED (OR TO TASTE)

FOR BATTER-

1.5 CUPS BESAN OR CHICKPEA FLOUR

1/2 TEASPOON SALT

1/2 TEASPOON TURMERIC POWDER

WATER

VEGETABLE OIL FOR FRYING

METHOD

PLACE THE PEELED POTATOES IN A MIXING BOWL. ALLOW THEM TO COOL.

HEAT OIL IN A SMALL SKILLET OR TEMPERING SPOON ON HIGH HEAT. ADD THE MUSTARD SEEDS AND COOK 1 MINUTE. ADD ASAFETIDA AND GREEN CHILLIES AND TURN OFF FLAME. POUR OVER THE POTATOES.

STIR WITH A SPOON. ADD ALL REMAINING INGREDIENTS AND MASH COARSELY.

ADD SALT TO TASTE. ADD MORE MASALA TO SUT YOUR PALATE. DIVIDE THE POTATOES INTO 8-19 BALLS.

STIR TOGETHER INGREDIENTS FOR THE BATTER AND ADD WATER ABOUT 3/4 CUP TO FORM A THICK BATTER THAT YOU CAN DIP THE POTATOE BALLS INTO.

HEAT 3 INCHE SOF OIL IN A MEDIUM SIZE KADAI OR WOK ON HIGH HEAT. WHEN OIL IS HOT BUT NOT SMOKING REDUCE TO MEDIUM FLAME. DIP POTATO BALLS IN THE BATTER SO AS TO COVER THE BALL COMPLETELY. RELEASE INTO HOT OIL USING A SLOTTED SPOON. DO UP TO 3 AT A TIME. FRY UNTIL GOLDEN ON ALL SIDES. DRAIN AND SERVE WARM WITH A CHUTNEY OF YOUR CHOICE SUCH AS KARWARI CHUTNEY OR A AMBADA CHUTNEY.

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Gobi ke Pakore- Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Pakoras- Cauliflower Fritter

Cauliflower Pakoras- Cauliflower Fritter

Ingredients

FOR THE FRITTERS

1/2 kg cauliflower head cuts into small florets with stem about 1.25 to 1.5 inches in length and 1 inch wide

Juice half a lime

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander or cilantro leaves

2 green chillies very finely chopped

FOR THE BATTER

1/2 cup chick pea flour or besan

2 tablespoons rice flour

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Heat a large saucepan of water on a high flame. When it reaches a boil immerse the cauliflower florets in the boiling water. Let sit 2 minutes, then drain completely.

Wash the cauliflower in cool running water and drain completely.

Combine the lime juice, coriander leaves, green chillies, turmeric, garlic ginger paste and salt. Toss well to coat all the florets. and let sit covered 20 minutes.

In a mixing bowl combine the ingredients for the batter. Using a tablespoon add the flours and spices to the cauliflower 2 tablespoons at a time. Stir well. Allow the flours to absorb the liquid in the florets. Keep adding flour until it clings to the cauliflower. Add water if required a tablespoon at a time.

Do not create a wet runny batter. You want the pakoras to be crispy. The more water you add the more oily and soft the fritter will be. Stop adding the flour once you have a thick sticky, clumpy batter. Taste for seasoning and adjust.

Heat 2.5 inches of oil in a small kadai or wok on high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking reduce flame to medium. Fry one pakora until golden brown. Drain and taste for doneness and salt.

Adjust salt in batter if required.

Repeat with remaining fritters. Serve warm with ketchup or a chutney of your choice.

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Urad, Moong, Toor Dal Vadi: Mixed Lentil Fritters

Dal Vadi

Dal Vadi

Ingredients

1/4 cup - channa dal

1cup - moong dal

1/4 cup - urad Dal

1/4 cup - Toor dal

1/2 teaspoon - Coriander seeds

Half inch piece of fresh Ginger, peeled

1/4 cup freshly grated coconut

1 dried Kashmiri chilli stalk removed

1/2 cup coriander leaves

2-3 1 inch long Indian Green chillies or to taste

8 fresh green curry leaves, chopped

FOR TEMPERING

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Pinch asafetida

Salt to taste

Vegetable Oil for deep frying

Instructions

Wash lentils and soak them separately in bowls of tap water overnight.

Drain lentils, wash again, drain completely. From the toor dal reserve two tablespoons of whole lentils. Grind all and the remaining to a coarse paste. Add water carefully. You want a thick batter almost like a soft dough that can be molded into balls. These are more dense than medu vadas and will take longer to fry.

Make a smooth paste of coriander seeds, coconut, ginger and red chilli to a smooth paste and stir into the lentil puree.

Stir in chopped coriander leaves and chopped curry leaves.

Heat oil in a small tempering spoon or skillet on high heat. Add cumin seeds and cook 60 seconds. Ad asafetida and switch off the flame. Cool and pour over the lentil batter. Stir well.

Taste for salt.

Make small 2 inch size balls from the thick dough. Flatten them and lay them on a tray. Keep covered with a dry cloth.

Heat 2 inches of oil in small wok or kadai on high heat.

When oil is hot but not smoking lower flame to medium.

Drop one fritter in the oil and cook until golden. Taste for salt and doneness. Adjust.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup or coconut chutney.

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