aloo pakora or batata bhajji as i call them has always been a favorite snack at home.
the aloo pakora is also a street food snack in mumbai. near my office, a lady vendor would make these pakoras and we would often visit her during the breaks just to have these hot hot pakoras sandwiched in pav (indian buns), drizzled with green chutney, sweet chutney and garlic red chili chutney.
pakoras are an awesome snack that you will feel really good having in the winters or monsoons. they warm up your tea time with family and friends.
these aloo pakoras that i made were not heavy. generally they are. i was wondering what is the difference. i realized that i fried the pakoras in rice bran oil and that made a big difference. they were very light. i made both potato and spring onion pakoras on this day and both of them were light.
usually i fry them in sunflower oil and i do feel a subtle heaviness after having them. but not this time. rice bran oil is a good alternative to other oils.
i made the aloo pakoras for evening snacks with tea. i am showing a step by step method as i personally now many people, especially folks who are new to cooking do not get the texture of the pakoras as well the consistency of the batter right. each potato slice has to be coated completely with the batter and the pakoras should puff up while frying. thats an ideal aloo pakora.
i hope this step by step method helps you to make yummy as well as pakoras the way they should be made… better than what the halwais make
lets start step by step batata bhajji or aloo pakora recipe:
1: add all the dry ingredients for the batter in a bowl.
2: add water and make a medium consistency batter.
3: slice the potatoes with a knife and keep aside. avoid using mandolin slicer as the potato slices are too thin and the result is a pakora where the potatoes become crisp but not soft, when fried.
4: heat oil in a kadai. dip the slice in the batter and
5: add it to the oil. the oil should not be very hot or cool. before adding the pakoras, add a pinch of the batter in the oil. if it comes up too quickly the oil is very hot. it should come up steadily. if it does not come up or comes very slowly, the oil is not hot.
6: fry all the aloo pakoras this way till golden from both the sides. keep a bowl of water on the work surface, so that you can quickly rinse your batter coated fingers in the bowl and then dry them with a kitchen towel. this way your hands will be less messy while making the pakoras.
7: drain aloo pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
batata bhajji or aloo pakora recipe below:
- 1 medium size potato
- 1 cup gram flour/besan
- 2 tbsp rice flour
- ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
- ¼ tsp red chili powder
- ¼ garam masala powder
- a pinch of asafoetida/hing
- ⅔ to ¾ cup water
- ½ or 1 tsp chaat masala powder for sprinkling on the pakoras
- a pinch of baking soda (optional)
- salt as required
- mix well all the dry ingredients with water.
- check the seasoning and add more if required.
- peel and slice the potatoes thinly in rounds.
- heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan.
- dip each potato slice in the batter and place it gently in hot oil.
- do these for some 5-6 potato slices each time.
- fry aloo pakoras till golden and crisp.
- drain on paper towels.
- finish off the remaining aloo pakoras this way in batches.
- serve aloo pakora hot sprinkled with some chaat masala powder.
- you can also serve aloo pakoras with chutney or tomato sauce accompanied with slices of bread or buns.