For the final day under BM#47, Pick one Menu Card, cook three, I decided to do a starter. Infact I wanted to make paratha, however, time was never the right one for me to make. Since I was making Uggani last night for dinner, I decided to opt for these mixed vegetable pakoras instead of the Onion Baji or Mirchi Bajji.
I must have read through the Menu card from Puranmal some 10 times, just hoping there was a bread baji or pakoda mentioned. I just came to know of a new bread baji version and thought it would be such an easy and simple one to make at the last moment. As luck would have it, there was not even a mention of pakoda in the Menu card. so my next search was for a dish that I could make right away, knowing I was already delayed.
I landed in Veg Crispy and know it's a mixed vegetable pakoras. I didn't even bother to check if I have already blogged about it or not. Anyway, I thought since I was thinking of making it differently, I decided to go ahead with it. Now that I checked, I seem to have actually posted a mixed vegetable pakoda, made slightly different! Me and my forgetfulness!
I checked my pantry and fridge for the vegetables to use, and can you believe I was out of Maida! And this was of course the reason why my today's bakeathon post is not up as yet!
Coming to the recipe, armed with what I need I quickly went in and started my dinner preparation. I hate how I am so unplanned at times. I simply had to make up for the lost time. The Crispies came out so delicious that Konda wouldn't stop. I requested her to save some for the clicks atleast!
In a bowl, take the vegetables, sprinkle the cornflour over it, and let it coat well. Now add the ginger-garlic paste, salt, red chili powder, pepper powder, and besan. Sprinkle water as you go and make a batter that coats the vegetables well.
Heat a Kadai with oil, once the oil is hot, drop in the vegetables. Cook on both sides and cook on a colander. Once you complete deep frying the entire batch, drop in again as a smaller batch and deep fry again.
Once done, drain onto a kitchen towel and serve hot with ketchup.
Though these were very much like the regular mixed vegetable pakodas, just cornflour and besan gives a different taste and the double deep-frying makes these very crispy.