Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vrat ka Khana | Fasting Foods: Kuttu aur Aloo Ke Pakore | Buckwheat and Potato Chips

Kuttu or Buckwheat is the base food in the North Indian Hindu Kitchen during key fasting dates. Navrarti is no exception and delicious treats are prepared using this gluten free buckwheat flour or kuttu ka atta during this festival period! I remember Kuttu from my very early childhood when my grandmother would sometimes add it to her diet during fasts. Usually she made roti or puri with it.

I always keep buckwheat flour handy at home. I add it to other flours to make multi grain chappatis, bread, and even pancakes! This year I am trying my hand at some other delicacies made with kuttu ka atta during the Navratri period! I began with making some Kuttu aur Aloo ke Pakode yesterday. They were so delicious. The beauty of coating the potatoes with kuttu was that when deep fried, the kuttu covering becomes really crispy and crunchy, while the potatoes inside are simply melt in the mouth!! Perfect for breaking a fast, wouldn't you say!!

4 tbsp kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour)
1/8 tsp sendha namak (Farali | Fasting Salt)
1/4 tsp zeera powder (roasted cumin powder)
2 large potatoes, sliced lengthways (I used Russet Potatoes)
Groundnut oil, for deep frying

  1. Sift the flour, salt, and cumin powder together.
  2. Pour in just enough water to make a pancake like batter.
  3. Blend well. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai (wok). 
  5. Once it reaches smoking point, reduce to a medium high heat for frying.
  6. Individually dip the potato slices in the prepared batter and drop gently in the oil.
  7. Place 8-10 chips at a time in the hot oil. Fry until crisp on the outside and tender inside.
  8. Remove and drain on a paper towel. 
  9. Enjoy hot with chutney or seasoned yogurt. 
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  1. Pakoras looks extremely addictive,love that buckwheat touch here.

  2. these look so delicious and love the clicks

  3. Looks delicious. Not the kind of food I would associate with a fast, as it looks so tempting! It's definitely a healthier version of fried potatoes!


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