A twist to your Thanksgiving dinner

Author: Ansh Bose  

Growing up, mum used to always make Onion Pakoras on rainy days with Masala Chai. I don't know who came up with this combo but I love them for it because it just works! The smell of rain with the warmth of Chai and the crispiness of the fresh, hot pakoras remind me of simpler times that take me to my happy place. 

As my sister and I got older, we started to become more health-conscious and cut down on fried food.. Saying that it didn't last long would be an understatement. As much as we would reject junk food and stop unhealthy dishes from entering the house, we couldn't resist Pakora and Chai no matter how hard we tried. 

Years later I moved to Scotland, away from my family and friends in order to travel Europe and enjoy my youth. Being a country that rains so often, I don't think I waited even one week before I got on the phone to mum and asked her the recipe to make Pakora and Chai! 

In India, the street vendors are usually packed with people lining up to get this incredible combo. And surprisingly enough, I have been told by certain chefs that Pakoras aren't all that bad for you because they're made from chickpea flour and certain spices which aid in digestion! Or maybe I just use that as an excuse to eat more of them, who knows.

Try this out for your next Thanksgiving dinner and surprise your family and friends with this wonderful addition to your traditional Turkey dinner. 

Have a go at this Pakora and Masala Chai Recipe to try out yourself. I hope you enjoy this combo nearly as much as I do!

Now let's hope it rains soon so I can make another batch :D

 

Pakora Recipe

Preparation Time

10 mins

Cook Time

20 mins

Serving size

4

Ingredients 

Chickpea flour     500g
Caraway seeds ½ tsp 
Nigella seeds ½ tsp
Cumin seeds

½ tsp 

Turmeric powder
½ tsp 
Rice flour 1 tsp 
Ginger powder 1 tsp
Garlic paste

½ tsp 

 
Fresh Coriander 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste  
Water 1 cup
Oil for frying

 

King prawns 500 grams
Medium Onions  4 (thinly sliced)
Chaat masala
For seasoning

Method

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Mix all the dry ingredients together, add beer to make a thick paste.

Mix the sliced onions and make sure they are well coated and fry them in batches

Sprinkle with Chaat Masala and garnish with fresh coriander

 

 

Masala Chai Recipe

Preparation Time

2 mins

Cook Time

10 mins

Serving size

2

Ingredients 

Fresh cold milk 1/2 cup
Water 2 cups
Chai Mix 2 tsp
Sugar (optional)

1 tsp or To taste

Method

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Bring water to boil, add Bhodro tea mix and boil for 2 minutes. Add milk to the boiling mixture and let it boil for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar and mix well Stir the chai, then strain it into a warm teapot or directly into teacups.

 

 


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