When thinking of ‘Cooking with Ragi’, the last thing that would normally have come to my mind is making a deep fried dish with it. But I have been inspired by so many of my fellow foodies such as Valar and Sangeetha and decided that my next recipe with Ragi should be a deep fried one. I have adapted the pakora recipe from both their recipes, but have made several modifications that is would hardly taste the same.The key modifications I have done is to use chopped mint to flavor the pakoras, which gave it a very refreshing taste.
Now if you are skeptical that ragi wouldn’t yield crispy pakoras..you will be proven wrong.. Just like me. The pakoras were crunchy, crispy bites of joy, and you wouldn’t miss the regular pakoras at all…Here is the recipe:
1 cup ragi flour
1/3 cup rice flour
1/2 cup packed finely chopped mint
1 large onion, chopped fine
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp carom seeds/ajwain
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp red chilly powder
salt to taste
oil, to deep fry
Start off by heating oil in a kadai. By the time the oil preheats you will have the pakora mixture ready to fry. Mix the ragi and rice flours with the cumin seeds, ajwain and sesame seeds. Add the chilly powder and salt. Now add the mint and onions and mix thoroughly. Add a tbsp of the hot oil into this mixture and mix with a fork. Now gently sprinkle water and form this into a soft dough, similar to chapati dough. The consistency of the dough should not be too watery, and should not stick to your hands.
Take a golf ball sized dough and break it into bite sized pieces in the oil. Let it fry until crispy and attains a chocolatey brown color. Drain on to paper towels. Serve with ketchup.
Verdict: It was raining in Seattle(as it does most days) and this was a perfect snack for a cold summer rainy day. Ragi sometimes doesn’t get digested very easily – the mint and the ajwain aid in that in this pakora. The sesame seeds add to the crispy crunchy taste. You would normally serve pakora with mint chutney, here you get the flavor of the mint chutney in the pakora itself. An awesome treat!
Sending these crispy treats to:
1. Cooking with Whole Foods – ragi, event by Kiran, running here at Oh Taste n see.
2. Serve it Fried – also running here at Oh Taste n See, co-hosted by Krithi of Krithi’s Kitchen.
3. Bookmarked recipes – Every Tuesday event – volume #53
4. Kid’s Delight – Crunchy snacks, event by Srivalli.
5. Cooking Concepts – Appetizers