Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dal Ke Pakaude (Pakode)

This snack does not need you to shop for ingredients. It uses everyday ingredients and makes for a great treat.

What you need:
  • Chana dal - 1 cup (You can use masoor dal if chana dal is not available.)
  • Onion - Chopped, half-a-cup
  • Nigella seeds (Kalonji/Mangraila) - Half-a-teaspoon
  • Carom seeds (Ajwain) - Half-a-teaspoon
  • Green chillies - 1 chopped
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Turmeric - Half-a-teaspoon
  • Baking soda - A pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil for frying (preferably mustard oil)
What you do:
  1. Soak dal for an hour.
  2. Grind the dal in a blender to a course and thick paste.
  3. Mix all the ingredients except the red chillies with the dal paste.
  4. Use a pair of scissors to snip pieces of the red chillies into the mixture.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep kadhai (wok).
  6. Use a spoon to drop chunks of the mixture into the oil. Fry the pakodas on all sides.
  7. Once cooked, place the pakodas on a kitchen tissue.

Serve the pakodas hot with chutney.