There are numerous songs and albums, written in different languages, describing the sentimental feelings associated with rain like – ‘Raindrops on roses – these are a few of my favourite things’ from ‘The Sound of Music’ of the golden era, ‘Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head. In 1969, from Hal David and Bacharach. The most memorable duet of Raj Kapoor-Nargis ‘Pyar Hua Ikraar Hua’ from the movie Aawara ‘ohoa maegam vandhadhoa aedhoa dhaagam thandhado’ from the famous Tamil movie ‘Mouna Ragam’ and so on.
The rains bring along with them a strong fragrance of mother earth, the musical claps of thunder, the striking lightening and a certain charm which evoke our senses in a magical way giving a joyful & cosy feeling. Whenever it rains, I always want to thank ‘Mother Nature’ for blessing us with showers, which helps break the heat that is affecting all her creatures. As I was watching the pouring rains today, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make some hot Pakoras for tea-time. The rains, I should say, captured the creative urge in me as I added some variety to the dish by using onion, potatoes, tomatoes and palak for the pakodas. As we munched on the piping hot Veg Pakoras, it was happiness personified. Have a crunchy vegetable pakoras evening with your family too!
Time taken: 25 min
- Few palak leaves (remove stock)
- Tomato ( sliced round): 1
- Onions (sliced round): 2
- Potatoes (sliced round): 2
- Oil for deep frying
- Besan (gram flour): 75 g
- Salt to taste
- Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
- Chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
- Amchoor powder (dried green mango powder): 1/4 tsp
- Water (as required)
- Prepare a thick batter by mixing the ingredients with sufficient water, mix continuously to ensure that no lumps are formed.
- Heat a pan with enough oil for deep frying.
- When the oil is hot, dip the sliced vegetables in the batter and deep fry until light brown(slowly, put in one by one and separate to avoid them from sticking together).
-Serve hot with tomato ketchup.