Feb 18, 2014

Besan Pakkavada

Besan Pakkavada - A tasty deep fried (crispy and crunchy too) snack  in Indian cuisine. Best with tea /coffee !!!

Makes: 150 -   160 g


Please use same measuring cup to measure  gram flour and water

1 cup / 200 ml / 8 oz (Indian standard measuring cup) besan (gram flour/ kadalamaav / chone pittti)

2 tablespoon oil (30 ml)

1/2 teaspoon crushed ajwain (ayamodakam)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon asafoetida  (hing / kaayam)

½ teaspoon pepper powder

½ cup cup water (5 – 7 tablespoon)


In a wide bowl, mix  besan ,  oil, crushed ajwain, pepper powder and hing.  Mix well with fingertips until well combined and it forms like soft bread crumbs. First start with less than ½ cup water and later adjust with remaining  1 – 2 tablespoon to make a medium soft dough. If it is too hard, it won’t come out from  the mould (difficult to press).

Put this dough in a murukku / chakali mould. Use pakavada achu / pakoda plate (with 4 slits / 2 slits) to make  pakkavada.

Heat oil in a wide kadai / frying pan and reduce heat to medium and wait for 1 minute. Fry directly in hot oil on a medium heat (between medium and low heat)  until light golden color and crisp on both the sides  in 2 - 3 batches (depending upon the size of the kadai / frying pan). It won't take much time for frying. Please keep a safe distance from  the gas stove / hot oil when frying / pressing with mould. Drain and place on kitchen towel to absorb extra oil and store in an airtight container.  Please use 2 – 3 paper towels to absorb extra oil. Serve with tea / coffee ..

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