Hot Indian Pakora and Bhajia Recipes for Monsoon
Pakora evening snacks. pakora monsoon snacks. During monsoon, our hearts start yearning for something spicy and crunchy to munch on. Even those who are very health-conscious cannot resist munching on just a pakoda or two with their evening chaai! So pakoras are perfect as evening snacks or in the monsoons. Indeed, savoury snacks like pakore are as much a part of our lifestyle as mithai is part of our culture. We have been brought up on tasty snacks like these, which accompany friendly banter, lively chats, and in general offer the perfect environment to bond with friends and family!
India is a land of diversity. As many geographical and physical diversities we have, equal diversity we have in our food. Pakodas from all over the country are famous. Understandably, Indian cuisine offers a rather large variety of savoury snacks, ranging from bhajias to pakodas.
Indian Vegetable Pakodas for Monsoon
Crisp pakodas are simply irresistible. The aroma of pakodas being cooked can lure anyone. While some are perked up with spice powders, others make use of fresh ingredients, whole spices and herbs for a punchy flavour and aroma. Some of these are made with veggies dipped in batters while some are made with just flour-based or dal-based batters.
Hot Indian Pakodas and Bhajias for Monsoon are made by choosing a main ingredient like onion, potato, spinach, eggplant, cauliflower, corn etc. which is then dipped in Bengal gram batter and deep fried.
Have you heard of using pumpkin to make pakoras? Try our way of making Pumpkin Pakoda. Like the Aloo Pakoda, this pakora too is a perfect tea-time snack. Grate the red pumpkin, add all the spices and besan as a binding agent and deep fry them. The enticing aroma of carom seeds, the spicy twang of green chillies, and lots more interesting shades can be noted in every bite of kaddu pakoda.
Pumpkin Pakoras, Kaddu Pakoda, Tea Snack
If you are in Mumbai, you must have surely tried the Mix Veg Pakoda. Mix veg pakora is a simple and easy snack. It is found in restaurants and also sold by food vendors on the streets. It is moist and soft on inside and crisp outside, unlike other pakoras. Dipped in green chutney and sweet chutney, these are truly enticing.
Our very own favourite ladies finger can also be twisted and made into a pakoda. Try the Bhindi Pakoda. Here you need to finely chop the bhindi, mix with besan and rice flour, add a host of Indian masalas and deep fry to perfection. The addition of amchur powder imparts a delectable flavour to these pakoras.
Bhindi Pakora, Bhindi Pakoda
More Indian Pakodas for Monsoon
Paneer lovers can dig into the traditional Punjabi Paneer Pakoda. Succulent cubes of paneer tossed with a specially coated masala mixture and then dipped in besan batter and deep-fried. As spicy green chutney with it would make a mouth-watering snack during rainy season.
Paneer Pakoda, Punjabi Paneer Pakora Recipe
It’s a notion that pakodas can be made only veggies.
Try the Moong Dal Pakoda made only with dal and green chillies, crushed coriander seeds, black peppercorns and salt. Served with sweet chutney and green chutney, these Peanut Pakodas are like a dream come true, and the only reaction you can expect from your family and friends is: “More, Please!”
Moong Dal Pakoda
Poha can be used to make crisp monsoon pakodas too. Poha when soaked and used is good binding agent. Here we have combined it with aloo and a handful of spices to perk its flavour. Enjoy the snack hot and crisp with green chutney and ketchup.
If you want to try some unique bhajia for Monsoon, turn to Poha Pakode .These are equally crisp and ready in a few minutes. While this recipe makes use of grated doodhi and carrot, you can add any veggies of your choice. The tempering is the uniqueness of these bhajias.
Poha Pakoda, Poha Pakora
Hot Crispy Bhajias for Monsoon
It’s raining and Kanda bhajiyas are on the top of the list in every household. These are crunchy and nothing can beat them with a hot cuppa of chai.
Kanda Bhaji, Pyaz Ke Pakode, Kanda Bhajiya
Banana lover can try Kela Bhajia. These bhajias are also coated with besan mixture, but taste sweet due to the sweetness of banana. The best thing is that these bhajias require no chutney. You can enjoy them hot off the kadhai.
Banana Bhajiya, Kela Bhajia
Have some leftover bread? Instead of Bread Upma, opt for Bread Bhajiya. Very simple to make, it calls for only basic ingredients found in every household.
In short, there is so much on offer, you can find the perfect bhajia or pakode to suit your taste, or have a different variety each time you wish to! We offer you a selection of pakodas and bhajias that you can serve at parties, relish with friends and family, or just to pamper yourself on a rainy day.