Thursday, April 26, 2007

Palak Pakodis with Hot and Sweet Hari Chutney (green chutney)







I am very happy to contribute this recipe for JFI greens hosted by Indira of Mahanandi and
Nandita of Saffron Trail
.

I had lot of recipes in mind. I wanted to make something with Gongura which is a famous green leafy vegetable in Andhra but it comes in stores only during the mid summers. When JFI greens was announced I bought almost all the greens from my near by Subzi mundi not sure what I might want to make.


The greens I used in Palak Pakodis are Palak, Curry leaves, and Kasuri methi.

The greens I used in Hari chutney are Mint and Cilantro. Now this is called maximum utilization of greens.



Ingredients for Palak Pakodis

1 cup Chopped Palak

1 cup Curry leaves (chopped or whole)

2tsp Kasuri methi

2 cups Gram flour (Besan)

1 cup chopped onions

1tsp Carom seeds (Ajwain)

Chilli powder

Salt

Water

Oil for frying

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients in water to make a thick batter, as it is usually done for Bajjis and pakodis. drop the mix very carefully with a spoon or hands in to hot oil so that they don’t fall apart and deep fry them until golden brown. Spoon was easy for me. Crispy, crunchy, pakodis are ready to go. The aroma of kasuri methi and Ajwain from the hot fried pakodis are divine.





Hari Chutney (green chutney)

Ingredients

2 cups mint

2 cups Cilantro

2-3 green chillies

Salt

Sugar or Jaggery

½ cup tamarind water

Preparation

Grind all the ingredients together. Depending on how thick or watery you want your chutney to be you can increase the amount of tamarind water. It’s the same with Jaggery or sugar. Lovely green chutney with breath taking aroma is ready.

Hot crispy pakodis dipped in this tangy green chutney is a great treat to go with tea.

My Green Photography!!

48 comments:

Asha said...

Excellent snack Sharmi! I love it too and I like your hari chutney as well.Photos outside in natural light looks fabulous.

Sandeepa said...

I love these Pakodis, shall add Kasuri Methi now too. Thanks Sharmi

Pravs said...

Yummy looking pakodis....gosh, i want some :D

Ranjani said...

looks yummy:)

Manjula said...

Greens Pakoras and a green chutney served right next to a lush green lawn..Lovely

Raji said...

omg
those look really crisp n yummy
luv the greens
feel like grabbing them right now :)

Mishmash ! said...

Only after I started blogging, I first heard about this spinach pakodas :)and I like green chutney too and liked ur green photos as well :)

Shn

DEEPA said...

excellent sharmi...too good ...photos are perfect

Priya Bhaskaran said...

I guess you used all the greens-lol, heard of this pakodi but yet to try them:)

Mythreyee said...

post paathavudane, I am feeling extremely hungry. Adada, enna seiya.

Arumayaa irukku. Hmm..I could grab. Just one...;-)

Sreelu said...

Oh my looks so delicious, love your green chutney

Kajal said...

WOw.............Nice presentation with great pic.
Excellent entry for JFI.
Bye-4-noW
TC.

Cynthia said...

This is definitely a green post. Nice recipes. I particularly like the mint-cilantro chutney.

Sig said...

Wow, palak pakodas... love pakodas in any form... and with spinach, must be so yummy...it looks perfectly crispy...

Priya Dilip said...

Mmm.. i love this snack... Green chutney with the pakodis is really mouth watering combination...

Bharathy. said...

mmm crunch munch...snack..perfect with a cup of hot tea on a rainy day...love your entry sharmi!!

sunita said...

Sharmi, can you just pass over one of those pakoris please...we love pakoris with spinach...your chutney looks delicious as well.

Sia's Corner said...

yeeeahhhh... i too made palak pakoras but with very different ingredients;) looks fantastic sharmi:)

Nupur said...

Truly, a beautiful celebration of greens! What gorgeous picture...

Monika Korngut said...

Wow, that looks awesome, very green and delicious. I love it. I wish it was warm and sunny here too for my outdoor photos. :)

Kribha said...

Nice pictures sharmi. I love the presentation. Would like to have some if you are close by. Thanks for sharing.

Richa said...

palak pakoda looks YUMMY, it's my fav. Though the roads are flooded today, I don't mind driving for these, please start the frying sharmi ;-)
I also make it just by dipping the leaf in batter & frying it.
thanks

Prema Sundar said...

That sure is maximum use of greens Sharmi!!!!very good evening time snack with hari chutney

Ayesha Seerin said...

Never have i heard of palak pakodas ... Adding Ajwain .. nice idea... I can never get enough of Ajwains aromaa..

Manasi said...

WOW!!! love 'em!!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Wow......wat a great snack, I love that chutney...very nice picture too......

Maneka Nirmal said...

good pic sharmi...i like the combi- of hari chutney and pakodis. thanks for the recipe sharmi.

KitchenFairy said...

Sharmi,Last week I got a chance to taste this from one of my punjabi friend's family and I collected recipe to blog .Recipe is somewhat similar.Ur pictures are super.Thanks dear.

Vcuisine said...

Sharmi, all fried items are in line. Nice pakodas. Green with Green chutney. good match. Viji

trupti said...

Lovely colors of the chutney, and palak pakodis look cute!

good one,Sharmi.

trupti :)

archana said...

Green pakodis with green chutney next to green grass wah! wah!Lovely photos :)Sharmi excellent post :)

Anh said...

I love that green colour! Lovely!

Roopa said...

Great snack i love both the pakodis and chutney! Your pictures are fabulous too!

Shivapriya said...

Yummy. I make these very often. In fact I made last week, din;t get chance to take picture.

Creativecook said...

Have never tried using Methi in pakoras must try them the next time. Since I make palak pakoras quite a bit.

Menu Today said...

Hi Sharmi,
pakkoda with Palak, U r very creative. Pic looks nice. Great entry for JFI . Thanks for sharing.
Your Taro cutlet looks fabulous!!!

Sajeda Meghji said...

I love it! what a yummy recipe!

WokandSpoon said...

I like anything that's fried so this looks great! Ps. I tagged you in my last post so if you have time on your hands, feel free to share!

bee said...

great dishes, sharmi. your pics are fantastic.

Rajani said...

Hi Sharmi,
Nice post in JFI, will try when I have friends around. Thanks dear.

cheers
rajani

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Sharmi, Palak pakodis looks tempting. I will sure try it for snack.

Sharmi said...

Thank you so much to all for the wonderful comments.

Pelicano said...

Sharmi- I just wanted to let you know that I made your pakoda recipe last night; I had found a beautiful bunch of watercress at the market, so I used these instead of spinach. They came out absolutely superb! Your batter recipe is a definite keeper! I have never had it with these spices before- so fragrant and delicious, easily the best I've ever eaten! Thanks!!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

These look amazing. I wish I could dive in!

Priyanka said...

P's aunt makes these pakodis - they r simply awesome.

yash gupta said...

hey, just one really silly question... how much of the stalk of the cilantro should I keep? all the green part? or should I only put the leaves?

Sharmi said...

Yash, I wanted to come to your blog and give the answer but there were so many that I found it wise to answer it here:)
you can add the leaves alone if you want. I don't like wasting so I add the stalk too. May be I just discard about 1/2 an inch of the stalk. If you are not bothered about wasting and want the taste to be the priority you add the leaves and the tender stalk alone.

sanjana reddy said...

wow.. pakoda is looking crispy.. great snack item.. thanks a lot. For beverages check at Drink Recipes