Aug 17, 2012

Stuffed Pepper/Mirchi Pakora

  Monsoon is monsoon wherever you are. I guess everybody like me drool for hot & spicy pakodas accompained by a sip of masala chai. Monsoon is a season when you want to satisfy your tongue with some tangy & chat pati recipes.
  With the Monsoon comes those Street Food stalls serving pipping hot fried crispy treats, steaming hot & spicy foods and popular hot beverages like Masala Chai and coffee.
These comfort foods give you that warm feeling inside and make any rainy day perfect.
  Pepper or mirchi pakoras are stuffed with potato, dipped in gram flour batter and fried to golden perfection. These delectable Mirchi Pakora can be served as elegant starters or as side dish with meal. Pakoras are delicious paired with a cup of hot spicy Indian Chai on a rainy day..

Ingredients :

Peppers - 4

For the Stuffing:

Potatoes - 2 medium
Onions - 1 medium
Green chilies - 2 long
Ginger paste – 1tsp
Amchur / Dry Mango powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder  a pinch

Oil - 2 tbs

For the batter :

Besan / Gram flour -1 cup
Cornflour 1/4 cup
Rice flour - 3 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Wash, wipe and slit the chilies along the length. Remove seeds from the chilies.

Peel the potato, boil and mash well. Chop onions, green chilies, ginger.

Heat oil in a non stick pan, add onions, green chilies and ginger. Fry till light gold. Add mashed potatoes, salt, chili powder, garam masala powder. turmeric powder, and mango powder. Mix well and allow to cool.

For the Batter:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients listed for the batter into a smooth mix. Adjust spice and salt.

 For the pakoras: 

Heat the oil for deep frying.

Fill up with the aloo masala inside the pakodas and keep aside.

Dip the stuffed peppers into the batter and gently drop in hot oil.

Deep fry two at a time, till golden brown.  D
rain on a kitchen towel.

Serve hot with tomato sauce.


Sending this to Indrani's "Spotlight: Healthy Snacks" hosted by me, The Pumpkin Farm's "Kids Delight - Warm foods to beat the rain", Radhika's "Let’s Cook #18 ~ Starters / Appetizers", Tomato Blue's "Dish It Out With Potatoes And Bell Peppers" and Jagruti's "JCO-Monsoon of India" event

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