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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Badam Pakoda ( Peanut Fritters )

Peanuts, also known as ground nuts or monkey nuts are loaded with essential nutrients. They are a rich source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, magnesium and phosphorus. With a high MUFA or 'good fat' content, zero trans-fat and zero sodium content, they are a boon for people suffering from cardiovascular problems. It's manganese content also helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Another reason to munch on peanuts ( other than being pocket-friendly ) is the presence of p-coumaric acid and resveratol, both powderful anti-oxidants that fight the aging process and the sundry aliments associated with it.

Peanut pakora is a snack that is equally loved in the North as well as South India. Here's the recipe:

Preparation Time - 15-20 mins

Ingredients - 3/4 cup raw peanuts, 2 tsp corn flour, 3 tsp besan or gram flour, 1 tsp red chilli powder, pinch of asafoetida, salt to taste, 2 pinch amchur, 1/4 tsp jeera-lanka powder or roasted cumin powder, oil for frying.

Preparation - Dry roast the peanuts for 3 minutes in a pan. Remove from pan and allow to cool down.

Take the corn flour, gram flour, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, asafoetida and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the peanuts and mix well.

Add 1 tsp of hot oil. Sprinkle a little water at a time and try to form into a loose dough. It should be just enough to coat the peanuts and not watery.

Cooking - Heat oil for frying in a wok. Add the peanuts in small batches, while separating the peanuts with your fingers before adding to the oil.

Fry on low to medium flame till the sizzling sound dies away. (3-4 mins)

Remove from wok and keep on tissue paper to absorb excess oil. Repeat for remaining peanut dough.

Add the remaining chilli powder, jeera-lanka powder, amchur powder and pinch of salt to the roasted peanuts. Shake well to coat the peanuts.

Allow to cool down for becoming crunchy. Store in a airtight container.

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