Its been raining here since days now ! The weather is damp but oh so romantic. The perfect time to whip up some classic monsoon dishes.
Now,there is a long list – from vegetarian to meat dishes to khichdis. But my personal favourite has to be street food, even though street stalls and carts are mostly shut down this time. 😦
To quench my thirst of something monsoon-ish & yum last evening I opted for bengali style aloo’r chop (potato fritters are very popular street food in India but specially in West Bengal its an old classic.) A rainy evening with a hot cup of tea and potato fritters. Say what?
2 medium Potatoes, boiled and mashed
Besan (bengal gram flour) , as per need to coat the thin potato patties
roasted jeera/cumin seeds powder,to taste
Salt, to taste
toasted Chilli powder, to taste
Turmeric powder, tiny pinch for some colour & flavour (optional)
Cold water, to make the batter
Oil, to fry
Baking powder, a pinch
For the patties –
Mix mashed potatoes, salt, toasted chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and turmeric powder.
Form small balls out of it. Flatten it between your palms. Keep it aside in a plate after sprinkling some maida/flour on both sides.
For the batter –
Mix bengal gram flour/ besan with cold water,salt, chilli powder & a pinch of baking powder.
Mix well so that no lumps are remain & the consistency is balanced enough to coat the patty. ( not to runny, not to thick).
Coat the potato patties with the batter and fry them up. Ideally in a deep frier. But you could use a air frier or shallow fry them.
Serve with puffed rice & tea of your choice.
**Roasted/Toasted chilli and cumin powder is so easy to make.
If you have chilli powder and cumin powder, just stir them on a pan/skillet on medium heat.
If you dont have powders, stir whole red dry chillies and whole cumin seeds on the skillet on medium heat. Grind them up in a mixer/blender.
Please be careful. It is cough and tear inducing :p
**The amount of baking powder in the batter should not be too much. That would make the fried fritter coverings get cracks.
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Love & Luck,
Roy ❤ ❤