Since the time I started this blog I had never really tried out snacks. I am not much of a snack person – infact, I love to have my 3 square meals. I ventured out to make some snacks cuz I was entertaining a couple of mommy friends cum ex-neighbours with their kids who are also friends with my son. I started franctically hunting for ideas & recipes for some easy to make snacks & bites which would appeal the tiny tots too. One of the snacks I tried out that evening was the Onion Pakodas, famously known in Mangalore as the ‘Neerulli Bajje’.
I must have eaten these eons ago especially as a tea time snack in the College canteen or at home when my mom was in a mood to make something for tea. While I was in a complete blackout when it came to remembering the ingredients, my dear friend Sne came to my rescue & sent me the instructions. It was a breeze to make them. I think it was a fitting ode to the humble & versatile bulb which was in such a cost crisis in the past couple of months. The verdict: Life is incomplete without onions!
Neerulli Baje | Onion Fritters
Neerulli Baje are fritters made from sliced onions dipped in a savoury chickpea flour batter and deep fried. They taste awesome on a rainy day when served with a hot cup of chaiPrint Pin Rate
- 3 medium onions, sliced
- 1 green chilli finely chopped (adjust to taste)
- 6-7 curry leaves finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder adjust to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup water or as required to make a thick batter
- Oil for deep frying
- Mix all the above ingredients to form a thick batter. Let the consistency not be too thin or too thick
- Heat oil in a kadai or a deep bottomed wok.
- Test the heat of the oil by dropping a small drop of batter into it. If it comes up immediately your oil is hot enough to fry the pakodas
- Drop in 1 tablespoonful of batter to make 1 pakoda. Drop about 5-6 tablespoonsful for each batch.
- Fry until golden brown on both sides. You will need to flip them once so all the pakodas get fried evenly
- Remove and drain on a kitchen tissue
- Serve hot with tomato ketchup and a hot cup of tea. Enjoy!
The nutritional values are only indicative.
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