Pakoda is one of my favorite street foods from India. First time I had pakoda was when I was in Bangalore where I was served some onion pakoda with tea. I do not like to eat onions due to the bad breath it gives but for the first time I didn’t mind having the evil smelling veg as the taste was simply awesome. Or is it ‘cos of tea that I found onions tasty????? everything taste good with tea for me so can’t really tell. Nevertheless, I totally loved the crunchy flavors pakoda gave and the best part was that it went very well with masala chai.
Over the years, I have tried my hands on making different kind of pakodas and potatoes are one of my all time favs. You can even make potato pakoda into a whole meal by adding different ingredients to make it a complete and a heavy food or you can keep it simple and plain to eat it as a snack. I simply love the crispy exterior and chewy interior. If you have some friends coming over for tea on short notice, potato pakoda is a good option to make. I had some sweet potato left at home so I included that as well to get a hint of sweetness in the pakoda. If you do not like sweet potato, you can use just potatoes. So Let’s give it a try.
What we need-
Sweet potato- 1 small or half of a large.
Gram flour/basin- 4 tbsp
Corn starch- 2 tbsp
Green chilies- 2-3 finely sliced
Coriander -3 tbsp chopped
Onion – 1 medium chopped
Chili powder/chili flakes- 1 tbsp or to taste
Sesame seeds- 1 tbsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Oil to fry.
How we do it-
1. Boil the potato and sweet potato. Let it cool and mash it.
2. Now put all ingredients together into a bowl and combine well into a dough.
3. Heat oil. Break small pieces from the potato dough and carefully drop into the oil.
4. Fry till the potatoes are golden brown.
5. Remove and drain the excess oil. Serve with tomato ketchup.
Please note that all the above ingredients are to suit my taste so if you want to add or omit any ingredient please feel free to do so. This pakoda was so tasty at the same time had the right amount of moisture in them. Sesame gives a slight nutty taste which adds onto the overall flavor. All in all, this is such a versatile recipe to suit everyones taste buds.Do try it and let us know how it went. Till we meet again on another page keep your whisker-y sensors up for foodie adventures.