The quickest monsoon fix!

There is something about the monsoons in India. Is it because Bollywood has glorified it for us? I mean most of the time, it can get extremely mushy, icky and gross when you are out. If you live in Mumbai, you can experience an extreme level of helplessness mixed with anger that is unexplainable. Most of the time, you cant help but go “Aargh! How do I do this!?” The roads are jammed, potholes everywhere and sewage water flowing. Ugh.

Sigh… But what can I say? I LOVE the monsoons. After the excruciating heat of the summer, this is beautiful. In Pune, where I live, I watch how every morning everything around me transforms. Everything is lush green, it is cold and the birds are chirping louder. When the rains are here, what follows is the desire to eat hot, piping, pakoras and chai. Yesterday, as I watched the rain from my window, I told my mom that I need to make “Kanda Bhaji”. (Kanda Bhaji is the Marathi term for onion pakoras). Best decision ever, much better than going out and getting it packed from the closest vendor. The recipe is below, it takes only 20 mins!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Besan (chick pea flour)
  • 2 tbsp Ragi flour
  • 1 teaspoon Carom Seeds / Ajwayan
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • Finely chopped Spinach leaves
  • 2 Onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of baking soda

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Sieve the besan to ensure it is light and clean

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Add in the Ragi flour

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Add in the chilli powder, tumeric powder, salt, coriander powder,

crushed ajwayan and baking soda

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Most annoying part- chop those onions!

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Add in the onions, coriander and spinach.

After mixing the ingredients gauge the amount of water needed as the onions are quite watery

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Fry!

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Serve with chai or if you are a coffee lover like me, serve with coffee

bhaji

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11 thoughts on “The quickest monsoon fix!

  1. Terrific blog. Brings back a lot of memories. As kids, we would do the same at our home in Bandra (the suburb was very different then). We’d watch the rain beat down from the balcony, wolf down the pakoras and guzzle chai made by mum.
    By the way, love the blog’s new look.

    1. Thanks for reading, Ashraf! Glad you liked the post as well as the new look. I love how food can transport us back in to beautiful memories. I think that’s special.

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