Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cabbage & Onion Pakodas

I was inspired by an episode from Rachael Ray's "30 Minute Meals" where she used pancake mix for making apple fritters. I'd normally use rice flour and a little heated oil/ghee to the besan batter for crispness. I tried Potato Bhajjis with only the pancake mix once, a la Rachael Ray. It came out really crisp but absorbed too much oil. Then I tried using it along with besan and the end result was perfect! Pancake mix is always available in my pantry (I've never made pancakes from it, though!) and I've been using this with besan ever since.

1 cup Besan
1/4 cup Pancake Mix
1/2 cup shredded Cabbage
1/3 cup chopped Onion
2 Green Chillies/Serano Peppers chopped
1 Tbsp chopped Cilantro
1/8 tsp Asafoetida
1/4 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric
Salt to taste
Water for mixing
Oil for deep frying

Mix all the ingredients together (except oil, of course). The consistency of the batter must be a little stiff, not runny. Heat oil and deep fry until golden brown and crisp.


Foodie's Hope said...

Yummo! Delish!! Groovy!! Oh my gravy!!Remember all those!!:))Applies here...

It's great to see the recipes, specially Halbai!!Will try...

Nee said...

Hey Vani,

Just wanted to tell you that I tried your Akki Rotti recipe last night. I have no idea how it is supposed to taste, so I don't know if it came out the way it's supposed to. I remember Asha had posted a recipe for it and she had mentioned that it should puff up like a phulka - but it didn't for me, maybe because she doesn't add the additional veggies, and she uses the rice, instead of rice flour? Do different parts of Karnataka have different versions of the rotti?
Hmm...well, all I know is that whatever I made came out really tasty and was totally devoured by us two starving lunatics. So, thanks a ton!


Vani said...

Asha- Loved the "Oh my gravy!!". Such a foodie exclamation, it is! Do let me know when u try the halbai.

Thanks to my mom, I'm able to post these traditional recipes. Less than 2 months to go before my folks head back to India. Will try to get as many different recipes as possible! :-)

Nee - So glad that you tried the akki rotti and liked it too! Yup, there are different types of akki rottis and this one is not supposed to puff up. So u did right, girl! :-)
Also a tip for re-using the tawa or bandli after the first rotti is done, is to cool the bottom of the tawa/bandli under running tap water and then it's ready for the next one! Alternately, u can also pat the dough on a greased aluminium foil or butter paper and then transfer it to the hot tawa.
On a diff topic, I hope you've bid your misanthropic mood goodbye! :-)Seriously, are you feeling better now?

Anonymous said...

That is a neat idea to use pancake mix! I will try that sometime. I used to buy these huge bags from costco, but now there is a grocery store that sells things in loose, so I buy only how much I need. Now i have to buy pancake mix to make pakodas, sounds funny but excited to give a try!

Vani said...

Hi Shankari! Thanks for visiting my blog!
Yup, buying pancake mix to make pakodas does sound funny! :-)
How did u use the Costco bag of pancake mix? I bought Bisquick from Costco once and had to throw most of it out b'coz I could not use it all before the expiration date. I now buy little boxes from my regular grocery store.

Nee said...

Hey Vani,
Thanks for the tip. I'll try that the next time.
And yes, I am feeling much, much better, thanks so much for asking :-)



It's a great idea to use pancake mix for making this pakoda, really yummy.