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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Palli Pakodi / Peanut Pakodas

I exercise caution when dealing with fried foods. Not during preparation but during consumption. :)

Like any normal human on earth, I do enjoy devouring them but the guilt and the increase in the girth that comes along keeps me away from them. I believe in prevention is better than cure when it comes to guilt laden food and the consequences attached.
I am a lazy bum and have no inclination towards exercise regimen. Ditto wth the husband and he blames it on the time factor. Our treadmill and elliptical in the basement are laden with at least an inch of dust. Sigh. Our bodies in 20s seem to be a lot different than when we are in our 30's. Any fat - sugar we consume seems to like to settle in the mid sections, a factor that I completely detest. :) That's why the aversion but still I went ahead with fried fritters theme for  this week's BM thereby shocking myself.

The people around me keep reminding that my weight is perfectly normal considering my age and height but I know it doesn't take longer to go downhill if I don't watch what am I putting into my body. The kiddo who is home now for summer holidays have been watching my eating patterns and was commenting that I was acting like an obsessive anorexic while all I was doing was eating balanced meals and only as much as my body needed. He doesn't know what his mom looked like before he was born, 25 pounds thinner. It is another thing that I was extremely thin then and addition of pounds happened for a good reason. :)

While I was contemplating whether I need to mail Valli for a change in BM theme, my husband was all smiles since most of his favorite foods start with a prefix "fried". He was giving me the list of fried items he would like to have. Unfortunately he is away on work this week and so, didn't get to eat any of these but the kids are enjoying. And I got to try a couple of recipes I have been intending to do for so long. Thanks to BM, mission accomplished. :)

Today's recipe is peanut pakodis that are a perfect companion for your evening tea. These crispy, hard to resist pakodis are like little clusters of masala peanuts. They are so addictive that I had a hard time stopping myself after tasting a couple. The original recipe had double the quantity of peanuts. It also included ginger -garlic paste that I omitted. If you have any left overs, just store them in airtight container and leave it on the counter for snacking later on. They stay good for few days.

1/2 cup chickpea flour / besan
2 Tbsp rice flour
1/2 cup peanuts
Salt & chili powder to taste
Oil to fry

* Heat oil in a frying pan.
* Mix the flours, salt, chili powder and peanuts in a bowl. Sprinkle just enough water to bring everything together. The batter should be as stiff as possible and so don't pour water at once. Go on adding little by little.
* Drop a pea sized batter into the hot oil to see if it is ready for frying. If it sizzles and comes to surface then the oil is ready for frying.
* Use your fingers to drop the batter in small portions into the oil. Fit as many as the frying pan can hold. Turn down the heat to low setting (or somewhere between low and medium setting) and fry them until golden brown, flipping in between to ensure that they are cooked through.
* Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.

Check what the other marathoners are cooking during BM#17.


The Pumpkin Farm said...

nice and crunchy pakodas

DivyaGCP said...

Tempting and delicious pakodis.
I too feel a little guilty for trying one after the other fried items at home for the marathon. But people at home really enjoyed though.. So now atleast for another few days no more oily items..
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Srivalli said...

Reading your woes surely reflects mine Suma. Only difference my husband doesn't like much of fried stuff, so you can imagine where all the dishes go..:)..Absolutely heart this dish, wondering how come I haven't posted this yet..hhah..this is my favorite from Amma's set of dishes she makes for trips...

And even if you had asked for a change I won't have agreed knowing the delicacies I was sure you will dish out..pictures are reaching out ok..thanks for the virtual treat..

Vardhini said...

Yummy pakodas. Perfect with tea.

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Maayeka said...

loved thjis spicy and crisp munchies..

Nirmala Gurunathan said...

Very interesting!!!Addition of peanuts....

PJ said...

Crunchy pakodas. We make this with cashew.Got to try with peanuts.

Regarding watching weight, I am now going over board with all edible stuffs :).Probably a couple of months later I will switch on to a more healthy lifestyle..

Vimitha Anand said...

Crunchy and yummy pakodas dear

Priya said...

Yumm, feel like munching some, super crispy pakodas.

Tina said...

Crispy and crunchy..

Spice up the Curry said...

very crunchy masala peanuts. love this

Archana said...

Love these crunchy munchy fitters.

Can u link it to my event?
I am hosting Kitchen Chronicles Theme Go Nuts...Do send me your entries

PriyaVaasu said...

Mouth-watering!!!! Crunchy n Crispy!!!

Chef Mireille said...

what an interesting pakoda

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

OMG! my very most favorite peanut!!!
which is looks crispy and adorable!!!

if u have time plz visit my blog

Sangeetha said...

lovely and crunchy pakods...looks yumm!!

vaishali sabnani said...

Suma these r really addictive bites.I m not a snacker n need my regular meals n I m a gym freak yet wonder how n y the scale shoots up. Don't worry its ok to indulge in these treatS once in a while.

Jayanthi said...

Anything in moderation is fine Suma, depriving your body is also not good. The fried peanut pakodas look so delicious and tempting.

Suma Gandlur said...

Jayanthi, don't worry. I never have deprived my body anything. You must have got the impression reading the word anorexic. I am a foodie though I don't prefer fried foods. :)

Kalyani said...

peanut pakodas bring back soo many memories of a eatery back in VV Puram (bangalore) which used to serve these and cashew pakodas only at evening times. !! yummy clicks, Suma !

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Vanamala Hebbar said...

Sounds nice...peanut pakodas will try

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Mouthwatering and addictive pakodis! It has been ages since I had these. As it is we consume lot of peanuts so never ventured towards pakodis :)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

A delicious crunchy deep-fried snack!