The Monsoon season in India brings along with it a plethora of nostalgic feelings and food cravings that one can purely associate with rain. The sound of rain outside the window, some old song playing on the radio and ample of leisure time calls to satiate our cravings for a mug of coffee with a strong aroma and a plate full of hot and crispy pakodas. They make the perfect companion on a rainy day, ditch whatever time of the day it may be. Make sure you have freshly chopped onion, paneer, potato, chilies to dunk in a besan batter and fry away a quick snack. Dip into the dhaniya chutney, tomato chutney, tikhi chutney, dahi, or ketchup of your choice and savor the crispy crunch.
Whatever be the ingredient starting from green chilies, mashed potatoes, sliced brinjal famous as beguni in West Bengal, baby corn, etc. besan is universally present in all kinds of pakodas. A pakoda batter is incomplete without thick yellow besan mixed with different spice to add flavor. Therefore it is really important to choose the besan of good quality from a trusted brand like Rishta.
With besan of good quality, you are few steps away from crisp mirch pakodas stuffed with a potato filling. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, ajwain, a pinch of soda and chatt masala to the besan batter and dip the stuffed green chili into it. Fry out crispy crunchy delights that make for a great snack with a cup of hot chai.
Add the baby corns in boiling water
with salt in a pan. After draining the hot water rinse the baby corns with cold water. Prepare the batter with maida in a bowl, besan, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder followed by soda. Refrigerate the paste for about 15 minutes. For preparing the masala paste to take ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt in a bowl followed by oil. Mix with the paste to completely coat in. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and coat the masala paste baby corn with the batter. After deep frying those in some oil until golden brown and crisp serve them hot.
You can prepare other pakodas and serve them hot with coffee too on a rainy day however buy besan from a trusted brand preferably, Rishta.