“Soul food for a rainy day”
1 cup Besan (chick pea powder)
1/2 tsp paprika (or red chilli powder)
salt to taste
Mix the besan, salt and paprika with water to make a smooth batter.
2 medium potatoes
1 medium onion
2 cups of vegetable oil
For the aloo bajji (or potato fries) slice potatoes into 1 mm rounds. For the ullipaya pakodi (or onion fries) slice onions into rings or thin slices.
In a pan heat the oil. Take each potato round dip in batter till fully covered and deep fry in the hot oil. Once all the potatoes are done, dip the onion rings and deep fry. Other vegetables that can be dipped in batter and fried include: raw banana slices, thin eggplant slices, baby spinach leaves or chopped spinach mixed in batter with cashew nuts. Enjoy hot with tomato ketchup and a cup of spicy hot tea with a book. What better way to spend a gloomy, rainy day!