The kids caught me out this week!!
This is the scene, back from work and a few snuggles going on. My daughter asked what I used to do for the holidays and when it rains crazy. So, I opened my big mouth and blurted, have Pakoda and chai with a book. She was quick on this one as they literally said her 3 favourite things too. Instantly comes the reply, can we have that too… and that pretty puppy face that comes with it.
Right after work, I was in zero moods to chop veggies and make pakodas. Remembered I had a small bad of moringa leaves cleaned and a box of leftover rice in the fridge, so we will make do with these two. My mother used to make onion and rice pakoras often and I love the way she used to call them “killu pokodam.” ” Killu” translating to “pinch” and “pokodam aka pakoras. To be honest these are mini fist-sized ones as I really wanted to get them done.
Accompanied by the chai, these pakoras were crispy and perfect. I loved the way the rice provides the crunch to the bite.
Amusingly, in India we a least say it the duty of the veggies to coat themselves in batter and jump into the hot oil as soon as it starts raining as there is nothing better than chai and pakora. Now, I have modified it to have that leftover box of rice makes these even better.
Here is to rainy days, cosying up with books and chai!!
Stay safe and enjoy these little pleasures of life.