In India, monsoons always have a unique tale to tell and your taste buds will be whetting their appetite for some chatpata spicy hot snacks as a result of the pitter-patter of the raindrops falling in lieu with the sound of your favourite song, the chilling breeze and a cup of soothing hot chai. We have put together tasty Rajasthani recipes for you to indulge in.

Check out these local Rajasthani delicacies of Pyaz ki Kachori and Mirchi Vada below, especially shared for the monsoon to make unforgettable memories this rainy season!

1. Pyaz ki Kachori

Pyaz Kachori is a kind of Rajasthani Kachori, a fried pastry filled with a spicy onion filling. Most often eaten in the rainy season with tamarind chutney.

Pyaz ki Kachori (Chef Pavan Patel)
Pyaz ki Kachori (Chef Pavan Patel)

Ingredients:

Refined Flour- 250 gm

Ajwain- 5 gm

Oil- 50 gm

Salt- 5 gm

Chopped Onion- 300 gm

Boiled Potato- 200 gm

Besan- 50 gm

Hing- pinch

Whole coriander seeds- 10 gm

Chilli powder- 8 gm

Turmeric- 5 gm

Chat Masala- 5 gm

Garam masala powder- 2 gm

Green Chilly chopped- 2-3 nos

Black salt- 5 gm

Oil for fry

Method:

Prepare a dough using maida, oil, ajwain and some salt. Cover it and keep it aside for resting. Now sauté chopped onion and green chili using oil in a kadhai, then add besan and cook till it turns slightly brown. Add spice powder and mash potato.

Mix it well and remove from kadhai, now make small balls of prepared dough and roll into a 3-inch circle and stuff the mixture of filling. Repeat the process of making more kachori. The stuffed kachoris are ready, press them with your palm to slightly flattened.

Deep fry in medium heated oil. Serve it with Imly chutney and fried green chilies. Serves 5. To garnish, can be cut into small pieces, topped with chopped onion and tamarind chutney.

2. Mirchi Vada

Mirchi vada is a popular spicy Indian snack from Rajasthan, usually eaten in the rainy season, consisting of big green chili and potato stuffing battered and fried, served hot with tomato sauce or occasionally with mint and tamarind chutney.

Mirchi Vada (Chef Pavan Patel)
Mirchi Vada (Chef Pavan Patel)

Ingredients:

Potatoes boiled

Peeled and mashed- 300 gm

Jeera powder- 10 gm

Saunf powder- 5 gm

Red Chili powder- 5 gm

Coriander powder- 10 gm

Amchur Powder- pinch

Tamarind Pulp- 10 ml

Elephant pepper/ Bhajji chili- 12 nos

Besan- 250 gm

Rice flour- 50 gm

Ajwain- 5 gm

Salt- 5 gm

Oil for frying

Method:

Boil, peel, and mash the potatoes well. Add salt, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, tamarind pulp, and amchur powder in it and mix well. Adjust the seasoning as per taste. Mix besan flour, rice flour, salt, and chili powder well. Add carom seeds too. Add water and make a thick yet flowing lump-free batter.

Rinse and wipe the chilies dry. Make a slit in the middle keeping the edges intact. Stuff the prepared potato mixture well. Heat oil for deep frying. Dip the stuffed chilies in the prepared batter and deep fry until golden and crispy. Drain excess oil and serve mirchi vada hot with mint & tamarind chutney

(Recipes: Chef Pavan Patel)