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14 September, 2012

Rainy day Snacks

14 September, 2012

Rainy day Snacks

Today when I woke up in the morning I could not hear the birds chirping and people talking to each other. I went to the verandah. The weather seemed perfect for the beginning of a good mood. It was not actually a hot and sultry morning but a pleasant one. To me it was a day which was perfect for a holiday.
         Slowly I settled down to my daily chores.Nature suddenly seemed to change. The change of atmosphere was so sudden that I became too astonished to speak when I saw the clouds floating above the roof tops. It was morning but the sky became very dark and there was a strong gale. The trees began shaking vigorously. A heavy downpour started which continued for an hour. After the rain stopped the wind became gentle.
The weather reminded me of my childhood days. My mother's deliciously cooked Khichudi, getting wet in the rain with friends while coming back from school. Childhood days are gone but still today is a rainy day.
                  This is a day of having pakoras with hot tea or coffee. So I am posting a few crunchy pakora recipies.Hope you all would enjoy.

  1.  Mixed dal pakora:


  • cholar(gram) dal 150 gms, 
  • kalai dal 150 gms, 
  • arahar dal 100 gms, 
  • 2 big onions, 
  • 7-8 green chillies, 
  • salt to taste, 
  • ginger paste, 
  • baking soda a pinch, 
  • 2 tbsp roasted cumin powder, 
  • powdered rice, 
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder, 
  • oil for frying.

Soak the dals in water with a little baking soda overnight. The next day
 grind all the three types of dal and add chopped green chilli, onions, salt, powdered rice, ginger paste, red chilli and cumin powder. Mix them nicely and deep fry them on oil in the shape of pakoras.
Serve hot with chutneys.

2.  Egg pakora


  • 4 boiled eggs,
  •  4 tbsp onion paste, 
  • 2tbsp chilli paste,
  • 1/2tbsp baking soda, 
  • salt to taste, 
  • 1tbsp fennel seeds paste,
  • 200gms besan , 
  • 50 gms powdered rice, 
  • oil for frying.


Cut the boiled eggs in round shapes. Now make a batter with besan, onion and chilli paste, fennel seed paste, powdered rice, baking soda and water. Dip the egg pieces in the batter and deep fry them. Serve hot with chat masala.

4. Cheese garlic pakora


  • 1 cup besan, 
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder, 
  • 1/2 tbsp r. chilli powder, 
  • salt to taste,
  •  a pinch of baking powder, 
  • 400gms cheese, 
  • 1tbsp grated garlic, 
  • oil to fry.
Make a paste with besan, cumin powder, r. chilli powder, salt, baking soda and water. Now grate the cheese cubes and mix with the grated garlic. Keep it in the fridge so that the cheese and garlic mixture hardens. After a few hours make the mixture in the shape of small balls and deep fry till golden brown.

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