The new accompanist to your chai
Its monsoon, you are looking out of your office window and the first thing that comes in your mind is a cup of hot tea and a plate of hot steaming pakoras with your favorite chutney. Pakoras are surely one of the pan-Indian dishes one may have ever seen. Known by a wide variety of names like tele bhajias, begunis or vengayam pakoras in different states, pakoras or fritters are not just a snack but are emotions wrapped in spiced besan.
Pakoras are a simple dish packed with complex flavours. At one moment they have the capacity to transport you a relishing tea time dream and at the other it may act as an important side-dish in many cultural cuisines. Almost any vegetable, fish, meat, greens, can be turned into pakoras with and can be flavoured with a wide variety of spices. Even countries like Japan have invented ‘Japanese tempura’ by drawing inspiration from us.
A cabbage pakora may sound a little unconventional at first but are surely one of the tastiest snack you might have ever tasted. Giving a healthy twist to the cabbage fritters we are going to replace your daily besan with a lentil paste which will be give an extra crisp to the snack.
From our ancient kitchens to being stuffed between vada pav and burgers and being placed on fancy menus, pakoras have surely come a long way. So, when you are looking for a new variation of pakoras, you know what to try ! Happy Monsoon!