A high pitched noise rammed into my ears as i was lazily spending the afternoon sharing the joy of our INDIAN cricket teams win over South Africa making a history with my folks.As usual i thought it would be one of those crazy college guys making way for their cars.But the sqwaak came in again,closer this time !!
I was a little intrigued by the sound,which was pretty unfamiliar to me.But that was a sight of beauty waiting for me in my tiny balcony 🙂 . it was a Red Sun Conure parrot with a bright red,yellow,orange and a tinge of blue here and there,which had come in to nibble on the pulses and water i had kept for the birds on the rails.i quietly stood there watching the Li’l guy , so that it could have its feed.I even tried to capture a picture for you guys,but at the click of the camera,it flew away 😦 sad ! But im leaving my balcony open just in case he returns ! (hope so )
here is a picture of the kind of the ‘birdie guest’ i had home this evening ( obviously not the same one,he flew away before i could click)
Coming back to the recipe of PALAK CHICKEN PAKORA / PAKODA /BAJJI ( as we call it in my native place,kerala).If you had read my previous post ,you would have got a hint that heat waves had started to hit UAE ,but then again,the weather here is unpredictable !! There was sandstorms and rain yesterday ! and its pretty cold today 🙂 and the cool weather calls me to settle down with a piping hot cuppa of ‘masala chai’ and bajji ….
so here is the recipe of the easy,tasty ,crispy spinach and chicken fritters .
- 1 cup palak (spinach) chopped
- 1 cup coarsely shredded cooked chicken ( i had used left overs from my chicken curry)
- 1/2 cup gram flour
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 stalk curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon minced coriander leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon chilly powder
- a generous pinch of asafoetida / hing
- water( a few teaspoons,just enough to make a thick batter)
- salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon + Oil to fry
The ingredients can be altered as per your taste.this is just a rough estimation.
- Mix together palak,chicken,ginger,onion,curry leaves and coriander leaves.
- Now add in the gram flour,rice flour ( this makes them crispy),chilly powder,turmeric powder,hing and salt.
- mix this well and Slowly add in a teaspoon of water at a time( The onion and spinach would release enough water) to form a thick batter.
- In a pan ,heat oil.Now add in a teaspoon of the hot oil into the batter and mix.(This makes the fritters absorb less oil when fried)
- Add a spoonful of the batter into the oil.
- fry on medium low flame for a minute and then turn over with a slotted spoon.
- continue to fry until crisp and golden.
- Once done,remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- serve hot with your favorite cuppa.
- Take care not to add more water,as it may result in soggy and oily bajjis.
- In case you added more water than required,you can always add more rice flour or gram flour to the batter.
- Do not over crowd the pan while frying.
- Always fry in medium low heat,or the fritters would be burned and uncooked.