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Corn Pakoras (Corn fritters lightly battered and fried.  Should serve hot with chutney)

 

Powa (Potatoes and rice flakes flavored with spices and nuts)

 

Vagar Roti (Indian tortilla mixed with spices in a creamy yogurt sauce)

 

Vegetable Pakoras (Mixed vegetable fritters battered in slightly sweet flour and fried)

 

 

 

Corn Pakoras (Corn fritters lightly battered and fried.  Serve hot with chutney)

Ingredients - Recipe for 4 people

4 whole white corn
1 1/2 cups chick pea flour (chana flour)
1/2 cup ravo
1/2 cup white all-purpose flour
3 tsp minced ginger
1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
10 green chilies finely chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds (thal)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
6 tbsp hot oil
3 tbsp yogurt

Cooking Instructions

  1. Using a knife, scrape the corn off of the cobb.  
  2. In a blender, mix the corn, cheak pea flour and yogurt.  Then pour this into a large bowl.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix.  The dough should be like a thick sauce.  Add more oil or flour to adjust.  
  4. Heat a deep frying pan with oil.  
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and put into frying pan.  The pakoras should be turned frequently while cooking and cooked until they are lightly brown (3 - 5 minutes)
  6. Serve hot with chutney.

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Powa (Potatoes and rice flakes flavored with spices and nuts)

Ingredients - Recipe for 4 people

3 cups dry powa (rice flakes)
1 potato (sliced into very small cubes)
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp green chili
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp sesame seeds (thal)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rye)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 - 2 tsp lemon juice (add to taste)
1 tbsp finely chopped coconut (optional)
1 tbsp un-roasted peanuts (optional)
1 tbsp yellow raisins (optional)
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak the powa in hot water for 5 minutes 
  2. While the powa is soaking, heat up a frying pan with the oil 
  3. Add the mustard seeds (rye) and let the oil heat until the seeds start to pop.
  4. Add the sliced potatoes and cook them until they are soft (you may need to add a little bit of water for cooking the potatoes).  Add the lemon juice when the potatoes are half cooked.
  5. On the side, drain any remaining water from the powa, and place into a large bowl.
  6. Add the tumeric, garlic, ginger, green chili, sugar and salt an mix the powa gently otherwise the flakes will break into small pieces.
  7. Now add the powa mix to the potatoes in the frying pan.  Gently stir to mix all the ingredients for about 5 minutes. 
  8. Reduce the heat and add the coconut, peanuts, raisins and cilantro.  Mix and serve hot.

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Vagar Roti (Indian tortilla mixed with spices in a creamy yogurt sauce)

Ingredients - Recipe for 4 people

6 roti(s) broken into small bite size pieces
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
2 tsp green chili
1/4 tsp tumeric 
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rye)
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1 onion chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the roti and yogurt.  
  2. Add the tumeric, garlic, ginger, green chili, salt and cilantro.
  3. Add the oil to a frying pan and heat up the mustard seeds until they start to pop.  
  4. Add the onions to the frying pan and let then cook until brown or translucent.
  5. Then add the roti, yogurt and spice mix to the onions in the frying pan.
  6. Mix and cook all ingredients together for 10 minutes, until a slight boil.

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Vegetable Pakoras (Mixed vegetable fritters battered in slightly sweet flour and fried)

Ingredients - Recipe for 4 people

2 cups chick pea flour (chana flour)
1 cup water
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp green chili
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp tumeric
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups sliced onions (slice into 1/4 inch rings)
2 cups sliced potatoes ( thin 1/8 inch slices, like potato chips)
1 cup sliced zucchini (cut into circles 1/4 inch thick)
1 cup bell peppers (cut into long pieces, like french fries)

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the chick pea flour and pour little bit of water at a time while mixing the batter.  
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the onions, potatoes, zucchini and bell peppers.  The dough should be smooth like a thick creamy sauce.  Add more water or flour to adjust.  
  3. Add the onions, potatoes, zucchini and bell pepper and mix into dough.
  4. Heat a deep frying pan with oil.  
  5. Pull a piece of vegetable from the batter and put it into the frying pan.  The pakoras should be turned frequently while cooking and cooked until they are lightly brown (3 - 5 minutes)
  6. Serve hot with chutney.

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