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!
- 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
Sieve the besan to ensure it is light and clean
Add in the Ragi flour
Add in the chilli powder, tumeric powder, salt, coriander powder,
crushed ajwayan and baking soda
Most annoying part- chop those onions!
Add in the onions, coriander and spinach.
After mixing the ingredients gauge the amount of water needed as the onions are quite watery
Serve with chai or if you are a coffee lover like me, serve with coffee