I am blessed with knowing some of the most creative, intelligent, kind and fun people to be around in this world. Before I left for India and since I returning to Seattle I have been surrounded by people wishing me a great send off and a warm welcome back.
Perhaps the weather could be more accomodating. But I will not split hairs with life – I will just garden, make tasty food and feed it to my friends. One dish from my new Indian repitour I'm returning to already as an old familiar is vegetable pakora – little fried balls of chickpea flour, vegetables, and spice joy bringing smiles to the faces of wonderful people.
In a seperate bowl mix the following:
2 Tbsp red chili powder
2 Tsp tumeric
2 Tbsp garam masala
2 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp anise seeds
2 Tsp cumin seeds
2 cups chickpea flour
Outside the bowl prepare the vegetables:
1/4 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup carrot, finely chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
(you can use any combinatioon of vegetables up to 1 cup)
1/4 – 1/2 cup water
Mix the flour and all spices together until they are thoroughly blended.
Finely chop all of the vegetables and set aside.
Add the water and vegetables to the flour mixture and blend until everything is mixed and all of the flour is wet.
Heat the oil in the wok or saucepan to medium.
Form the batter into spoon sized balls and lightly drop into the hot oil. Let each ball cook for 4 minutes or until lightly browned – turning in the oil to make sure that all sides are cooked.
Remove from the oil, shake excess oil off and let sit on a paper towel to cool. Eat warm alone or with dipping sauce of your choice.
Enjoy in the company of friends 🙂