Pakoda-animal, bird, tree shape!!!!!

India
September 30, 2012 3:38am CST
I prepare ‘pakoda’ from batter made with red-gram flour (besan), fine cut onion, fine cut green chili, common salt and pinch of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) added to make them soft. This is fried in Soyaben oil, as I drop the batter in to boiling oil they pop up to surface, I fry till they are golden brown, crisp and next strain the excess oil out by keeping over paper, the paper soaks the oil. What I tell you is, they have shape like animals, birds, plants, fruits, you imagine—it is there. All in my family are fond of eating this; it is a must on Sundays. It is served with tomato sauce usually. [b]Well Subhee is so fond of pakoda; today while eating this on breakfast table, she took one by one in hand and described the shape like what it looked!!!! Her guess was almost right.[/b] [b]So have you ever prepared ‘pakoda’; try making once. What thing you eat in breakfast usually? Please comment and share. Thanks in advance[/b] Kalyani
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@vandana7 (68959)
• India
30 Sep 12
We eat pakodas, occasionally. In the evenings actually. Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, idlis, Tuesday and Wednesday bread with some chutney that is not very fattening, then thursday Porridge, friday cornflakes, saturday dosas, usually Moong dal dosas. Of course, cornflakes, and porridge schedule may get interchanged with bread schedule. Rest, however is more or less certain.
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@vandana7 (68959)
• India
30 Sep 12
And while on shapes..I must say I usually get them in the shape of Australia and Italy and Spain.
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@ravisivan (14053)
• India
30 Sep 12
vandana: What about pesarat dosai -- Is it not included in the list. I use to like it very much . Way back 35/40 years ago I use to taste very nice hot , hot pesarat dosai with upma stuffed -- in Gayathri Hotel, Himayat Nagar.-- Indian Bank use to be nearby that. Your idea of shapes for pakoda - Australia, italy and Spain--everything foreign appears interesting. good day.
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
1 Oct 12
I must say I usually get them in the shape of Australia and Italy and Spain. That is copyright violation... I have been doing them since years for my chapatis
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
1 Oct 12
Dear Mam This pakoda is the best delicacy when it is raining outside and the entire family is at the table for evening snacks and mom gets us these Pakodas with tomato and chilli sauses I wished I could have these today because my health would not permit me have more of these
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• India
1 Oct 12
I agree, when ever it rains, cats and dogs, pakoda, is a must you must take care of health, the excess oil can be drained by keeping over paper...
@vandana7 (68959)
• India
1 Oct 12
thesids, did you try moong dal vadas with tamarind chutney? Superb. I mean three of my favorites would be pakoras, moong dal vadas, and samosas. We get Samosas with onions filled in them. Much smaller than the ones that are punjabi samosas. These, even though very oily, are very very tasty.
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• India
2 Oct 12
we call it mung vada, or 'mungodi' tastes yummy
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
30 Sep 12
kalyni madam: I feel like coming to Sambalpur and eating Pakodas in different shapes. True Pakodas made gives a good taste with tomato sauce. I do eat that without sauce and along with rice. I am happy you do it regularly every sunday. In our homes they do not make pakodas in house because we will eat more, if it is made in the house and cholesterol problem etc. I am reminded of my school days when my mother use to make excellent pakodas like you but not in different shapes as you say. Here in Toronto may daughter makes dosai of different shapes -- cat,bear, A, L, M like that. good day.
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• India
1 Oct 12
Bhaiya No need to select shapes, as one drops the batter freely using fingers, the shapes are created well in Tornato do you get red gram etc, you reminded me of dosa of different shapes, my grand daughters do that too; yes the roti made by them look like countries
@vandana7 (68959)
• India
1 Oct 12
Perhaps adding a little bit of oil in wet dough would help in reducing the amount of oil that gets into those pakoras. You could even try taking them out on newspaper because it blots away a lot of oil. Life without pakoras is as bad as life without love. lol
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
1 Oct 12
vandana because of anticipated cholesterol problem my wife shows pakodas once in a blue moon. Of course when I go out for eating while taking classes i take one vadai every day morning. more than that is not suitable for health at this age. good day
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
3 Oct 12
I've never heard of pakoda before, but it sounds good. I may look up a recipe to try it one day. Good to see its a family must for you and you all enjoy it often. I usually have french toast with coinnamon, fried mushrooms, bacon, oatmeal with fruit, or a fruit smoothie.
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• India
6 Oct 12
Give it a try
@richnai2 (104)
• Thailand
2 Oct 12
I never heard of it before but as I am learning to cook some Indian dishes I may try this tomorrow. I imagine I can buy some besan at my local Indian restaurant. If you have time please pm me with the amounts of ingredients.
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• India
2 Oct 12
Ok big brother Try and tell me.
@GardenGerty (105151)
• United States
30 Sep 12
I just eat whatever I feel like in the mornings. Often fruit, and eggs. I eat little bits several times in the morning when I am working. Pakodas sound a lot like what we would call a fritter, and they sound yummy. I am not familiar with red gram flour, but I bet I would like it.
• India
1 Oct 12
fritterhow it is made?will try if i get details, you can get redgram flour in some shop selling indian stuff; well you can make pakoda from rice flour, black gram flour, wheat flour, any flour in fact
• United States
30 Sep 12
This sounds very good! I do not know what red-gram flour is but if I can find it I will try to make some of these. They sound like they are delicious! What do you use to make your tomato sauce? I am seriously going to try these!
• India
1 Oct 12
You can replace redgram flour, with any flour, taste will differ, thanks for response..
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Sep 12
hello kal, you make it taste so yummy just by telling it in here. am sure the kids would love eating them and they will try it without arguments. its very nice to to keep guessing what shapes were made out of it. kids love that guessing time. have a very nice day. ann
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• India
1 Oct 12
Anny Try to make, you can buy the flour from Laxmi store there, i and hubby may go to your home this december, if health permits; you have to serve pakoda to us
• India
30 Sep 12
Wow that's great which helps kids to learn a lot. I tried to make chapattis in puries doing these type of shapes and showed to my cousins son to identify them.he used to identify exactly...
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• India
1 Oct 12
dear anusha my grand daughters, try to make circular puri, roti, dosa; but they end up making things that looks like continents, am sure they will make perfect circles soon