Monday, December 28, 2009

Day Three - Rice Pakodas( Fritters) & Phodanicha Bhaat

The third recipe on Day Three as part of 7 days 7 recipes marathon hosted by Nupur is Instant Rice Pakodas (Fritters)
At some point or the other, we all are facing problems with what to do with leftover stuff. No one is even remotely interested in looking at the leftovers.
The problem of rice leftover is generally solved here in Maharashtra by preparing what we call in Marathi as "phodanicha bhaat" (rice with oil tempering)
The method for doing "Phodanicha Bhaat" is very simple .Heat oil in a pan and when it is hot add mustard seeds.When the mustard seeds start spluttering,add cumin seeds,asafoetida,thin slices of onion,turmeric powder and groundnuts. Add cooked leftover rice to this and chilli powder, salt, coriander and cumin powder.Garnish with fresh green coriander leaves and you are ready to serve steaming hot "Phodanicha Bhaat"
Sometime back, I saw pakodas done from leftover rice on Zee Marathi's cookery show "Amhi Sare Khavaye" and immediately decided to try them at home as my younger sister is not a big fan of phodanicha bhaat.Need I say that the Instant Rice Pakodas were an instant hit with her and my entire family. Since then, I make them regularly for my sister, who loves pakodas and bhajis of any and every kind.
Basically, pakodas is the Indian word used for fried snacks. All of us love eating pakodas and bhajis.And the description of eating steaming hot kanda kekda bhajis(onion bhajis) on a rainy day is legendary.
Amu, This recipe is for you and your love of bhajis and pakodas............
Rice Pakodas ( Fritters/Fried Snacks)
Ingredients - Cooked Rice - One cup
Gram Flour(besan) - 1 teaspoon.
Salt as per taste
Fresh Green coriander leaves
Pinch of sugar
Garlic - 2/3 cloves
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Green Chillies - 2
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)
Method -
Grind together ginger, garlic and green chillies and make a fine paste.
Mash the cooked/leftover rice. Add Cumin seeds, salt as per taste,Fresh Green coriander leaves, pinch of sugar.
Add ginger,garlic and green chillies' paste and mix well.
Add one teaspoon of gram flour(besan) .
Besan acts as binding agent hence the quantity of gram flour to be added will vary as it depends on how dry the rice is. If the rice is very dry, more besan is to be added.
Heat oil in a kadhai (thick pan) for frying. After oil is heated take one teaspoon of oil and add in the mixture.
that the oil is properly heated and then make small balls of the mixture and deep fry them in the kadhai(pan) .
You can also add 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) and 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder to spice it up further.
Steaming hot rice pakodas are ready to be served. They taste great with coriander or mint chutney or tomato sauce.


Linda said...

Who could resist these! A really special way to use up that leftover rice :)

Rujuta said...

@ Linda : Thanks.They taste great too and can be prepared instantly with leftover rice.Do try it.

ruchikacooks said...

rujuta, this is ruchika :) and I am also in the marathon..I liked the idea of pakodas as we usually have left over rice almost once a week and this is a good way to finish it, rather than storing it in the fridge.

rice and fried food..who is going to say no :)

Rujuta said...

@ruchikacooks : Hi! Ruchika, welcome to my blog.
I agree rice and fried food is great combo :))
and leftover rice is finished off quickly.

notyet100 said...

ummm will try this,,..this is new for me,..

Rujuta said...

@notyet100:Do give it a try. They taste great.

Vinaya said...

Rujuta, this is a real smart one. I invariably have leftover rice quiote often and this is a great idea to put it to good use.
I too catch a quick peek at the amhi saare khavayye show once in a while..poor hubby runs away when I switch it on :D

Rujuta said...

@ Vinaya : Welcome to my blog. Yes, its smart idea to finish off uncooked rice :))
:)even my family runs away when i watch the show :)

Devi Meyyappan said...

That is an very nice idea! and yummy snack with left over rice!.. thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Rujuta said...

@ Devi : Thanks :)

Christine said...

I have to try these soon! They look delightful!

Neetz said...

Hi Rujuta..first time in ur gr8 recipes...ur blog is just wonderful :)..following u now to keep in touch :)
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