Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Aloo Bonda and Bread Pakodas by Oldernwiser0

Aloo bondas are round savory deep fried potato (aloo) dumplings (bonda) covered with a slightly spicy and flavorful besan (chickpea) flour. Likewise, bread pakodas, in this context cut bread pieces cut into half or four triangular pieces, dipped into the same besan flour batter and fried.

In fact, besides using the same besan batter to cover both potato mixtures and bread pieces, if some is left over, you can add onions or spinach to it or leave it plain and fry small rounds of this. We like to eat this accompanied by ketchup (or as I learned, known as tomato sauce in India), green chili sauce, varieties of chutneys or any other dip of your choice.

I am sharing the videos for potato curry (filling for aloo bondas) and the actual frying of aloo bondas and bread pakodas by Oldernwiser0. In fact, he had inspired me on my recent trip to India to try my hand at making this for about 10 people in an Indian kitchen. Though I used a slightly different mix of ingredients, I used the same method, mixing things by hand and deep frying in in a kadai (incidentally these kadais are moved with 'thongs' in India, do not touch your hand to the handle like American pans, or you will burn yourself!) and draining oil by placing the hot fried items on newspapers.

Anyhow, here's the recipes, enjoy and try your hand as well!

Aloo (Potato Curry) video by Oldernwiser0
This curry double as a filling for bondas, masala dosa, aloo poori, and possibly aloo paratha

Aloo Bonda and Bread Pakoda video by Oldernwiser0

Oldernwiser0, aka Srivats, is a retired senior bank executive who loves various hobbies including making easier pure vegetarian foods who lives in Hyderabad, India. Watch his YouTube channel for more interesting videos!

About the Oldernwiser0 video series on this blog:
Many wonder is Indian cooking easy? Oldernwiser0 would say, if not shout, YES! As with anything in life, it is easy or as challenging as you think it is or make it. I have always found Indian cooking to be fun, jammed packed full of surprises and about a million and one steps in addition to stocking my kitchen with a whole set of utensils and spice mixes (masalas) that I still learn about as I go along!

I have been following the Indian cookery made easier video series on YouTube created by Oldernwiser0 for about one year. His style has inspired me to make many dishes. From every third Wednesday on this blog, I will share a video from his YouTube profile and my insights. Hope you also enjoy and are able to pick up some quick and easy Indian cooking tips!

Yes, Indian cooking is both fun and easy- besides being tasty!

Related Posts/ Sites:
Oldernwiser0 at YouTube
Paneer Making Made Easier by Oldernwiser0
Other Fried Snacks:
Other related recipes:
Potato filling for Aloo Poori (Indian breakfast item - Potato curry with deep fried breads)

1 comment:

Joe said...

Hey, this is a great pointer. When I read Indian recipes, half the time I don't know what they're talking about, because the kitchen utensils are so different on my side of the world. These videos are a great help.

Relevant to nothing: at 1:45 in the "bread pakoda" video, Srivats takes his hands away from the pan with the gruel in it for a few seconds -- I see a lion's face looking out at me from the pan. Are you sure he's not video-casting from Narnia?