Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Payazo aka Besan pakora (onion pakoras)

Assalamo alaikum,

Living in Karachi rain was always a big blessing ,it use to change the whole environment . everybody seems to look very happy as the heat levels go down due to down pour or may be a little drizzle.everybody found an excuse to not to do anything,kids would ask for day off from school and just enjoy the weather!!
Pakoras are must for this kind of weather ,as it rained here in southern California a much needed rain it reminded me of Karachi when it use to rain after quite while , i had to run to my kitchen to make  pakoras.I decided to make "Payazo"a very common and famous kind of pakoras which has lots of onion .i decided to do a little twist i used half shredded zucchinis and half thinly sliced onions,these crunchy on the outside and soft inside pakoras were so delicious with coriander chutney and  hot cup tea !!
i hope you guys will try these too and enjoy it even with or without rain:)



Besan or gram flour  1 cup

onion 1 thinly sliced

Zucchini 2  medium size  shredded

zeera or cumin seeds  1 tsp

ajwain or              1/4 tsp

crushed red chili pepper 1/2 tsp or to taste

turmeric powder  1/4 tsp

salt to taste

fresh cilantro chopped  1/2 bunch

green chilies (optional)


oil for frying


mix together besan (gram flour),salt,crushed red chilies,turmeric,ajwain ,zeera ( cumin seeds),

now add shredded zucchini and sliced onion to this and mix well using your hand until onion and zucchini is completely covered with dry besan

now add little water a time to make a thick batter

heat oil on a medium high heat

add a little drop of batter,if it browns right away oil is too hot

oil should be hot enough if you put your batter in it ,it should sizzle  but gets brown in a while

drain on paper towel

these should be crunchy outside and soft but not doughy and oily inside

serve hot with cilantro chutney, cup of hot tea and enjoy!!