Onion Pakora (Vengaya Pakora)

Course : Curry
Serves: 15
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2 teaspoons ghee
1 dash baking soda
1 cup bengal gram flour -- (besan chickpea flour)
1/2 cup rice flour
2 tablespoons ghee
3 medium Onions -- finely chopped
1 medium potato -- (optional), finely chopped
1 pieces ginger - 1 inch -- , peeled and minced
4 medium green chilies -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 bunch cilantro -- (coriander), finely -- chopped
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 Cup water -- as required
1 Cup oil -- for deep-frying

Preparation / Directions:

Place 2 tsp. ghee and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Rub together until frothy. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well, using sufficient water to make a thick batter. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil. Fry the pakoras until golden in color. When cooked, drain the excess oil on a sheet of brown paper or paper towels. Serve hot with chutney. From: "Dakshin - Vegetarian Cuisine From South India" by Chandra Padmanabhan

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