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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Piaja Sandha Bara ( Onion flower stalk Fritters )

Onion stalks are another seasonal delicacy that has flooded the local markets in Orissa these days. These crunchy greens are great as a stir fry ( with some potatoes ) or as baras/fritters ( pithau bhaja ). Moreover they are quite easy to prepare. Read on the recipe:

















Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients - onion flower stalks/piaja sandha (500 gms), 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 2/3 cup raw rice(for making pithau), 4-5 tbsp besan/gram dal flour, garam masala/meat masala ( 1/3 tsp), cumin powder (2/3 tsp), salt to taste, 4 tbsp oil.

Preparation - Soak the raw rice for 3-4 hours. Wash and grind into a smooth paste (this is called pithau).

Wash and chop the onion flower stalks into small pieces. Remember to discard the flowers.

















Transfer into a mixing bowl. Add the rice paste, besan, salt, cumin powder, red chilli powder and garam masala/meat masala. Mix thoroughly into a dough without adding any water.

















Cooking - Heat a non-stick frying pan. Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp oil.

Divide the dough into 10 equal portions. Put each portion on the pan and spread a little with your fingers. Repeat with the remaining portions. ( I made the fritters in 2 batches )

Cook till a little reddish brown and crisp .Then flip over and cook on the other side as well.

















Remove from pan and serve hot with rice or just by itself.

















Note - This recipe is also prepared with spring onion greens. In that case the besan is usually skipped and only pithau is used.

3 comments:

  1. Peyaj sadha bara looks crunchy and yummy snacks.

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  2. I grow the stalks in my little garden. I shall try it out next Sat for our vegetarian day, Yum for the outcome and the simplicity of the recipe.

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