Friday, May 13, 2011

Slimy veggie in crispy form

Finally I am able to access after 3 days my blogger account. For a moment, I thought if they disabled my account for the inactivity of my side :)
I was cooking, clicking but hardly had time to work around my pictures. You may ask: Why I should work with the picture? I recently tried the Raw picture Mode/RAW image format in my DSLR. Though I have heard of it, never dared to try it.... If you are a person who has passion for clicking and have time (or enjoy) to process Raw pictures. I encourage you to give a try. Yes, you need to work (touch up the picture)through the computer. Not like .JPEG readily available to load and print or share. You will be amazed to see even an under exposure picture can be easily manipulated without changing much the quality. All the pictures in this post were clicked in RAW format, processed and converted into JPEG through computer.
I clicked indoor (around 6.30 pm) with poor natural lighting. All my pictures were under exposed (which I expected). After almost 15 clicks my card alarmed it was full! The only disadvantage side, yes Raw mode is larger (pretty much 4 times bigger than .JPEG). I am totally a newbie in Raw mode clicking, took another step forward to explore the option available in my camera. I cannot provide much details right now, hopefully later on....
Coming to the recipe, the inspiration of this pakodas came from the famous "Sweet Stores" in my place. Mine is a mimic of deep fried version but pan fried. After all it is a heart friendly recipe :) None will believe the slimy veggie can be so crisp!

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Okra pakodas mix


Okra halved: 2 cups
Corn flour: 1/4 cup
Besan flour: 1/4 cup
Rice flour: 2 tbsp
Salt: 3/4 to 1 tsp
Chilli powder: 1 to 2 tsp (according ur spice level)
Sesame seeds: 1 tbsp
Water: 1 to 2 tsp (not more)

Oil: 2 to 3 tbsp

Method
*Rinse, pat dry with clean kitchen towel the okra.
*Cut the head and tail part. Now split in half and halve again. Pretty much ur finger long and half of thickness.
*Now mix all the dry ingredients together and toss the split okra with dry ingredients.
The veggie will get coat, sprinkle a 1 tsp to 2 tsp (not more) wet slightly the flour mixture just to hold the veggie. You may find little flour at the end of bowl not sticking- no problem leave it- you can sprinkle directly in the pan over the okra)
Add 2 tsp of oil in a pan and sprinkle the okra in pan. DO NOT CROWD THE PAN. Fry in medium heat until they turn golden brown and very crispy. Oil can be added 1 tsp at the time.
Do into three batches (as per the quantity mention above).


Okra pakodas pan fried

Enjoy as a side dish or tea time snack!

Have a great weekend :)

27 comments:

Laavanya said...

Cham that looks so delicious and crispy! Can't wait to try.

Manasi said...

I thought the same , freaked out when blogger was down!
I love okra in all forms, really love it! this looks right up my alley :)

Suparna said...

hey cham,
Good to see you :P
I'm into T&T these days...baked a bread (recipe) from prathy's blog, and also tried ur jackfruit smoothie it's truly awesome dear...thanks

Liked ur idea of turning the okra into interesting crispies :P l

Happy Cook / Finla said...

The main reason I have not taken pics in Raw is that it takes so much place in you memory and in you pc.
The okra looks crunchy delicious.
Indeed blogger was out yesterday and it was a whole lot of panick bloggers asking about it in FB :-)

Priti said...

I like this so much ....and this looks so so gud

Priya said...

So crispy and yummy pakodas...yep all collapsed coz of the blogger, lost so many comments but fortunately not my posts..hope everything is well at ur end..

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Really tempting one cham..

Anonymous said...

Hey Cham I found you in Solai achi blog.. u r doing great job man... congrats.. btw whats pan fried??? less oil or pan vessels???? plz tell me yaatt. tq.. hv a great time...

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention abt DSLR....YOU give me lot of information regarding DSLR. u r newbie to this right...hope this link vl b useful for u. :)

http://www.dslrtips.com/

Cham said...

Anonymous: Thanks 4 visiting and proving link...
Pan fried is not deep frying, it is done by drizzling little oil in pan (flat bottom pan) or tawa. Hope it is clear.

aipi said...

Looks fantastic ~ I could devour it all in no time :))
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Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very different touch to an old veggie.. Looks good Cham.... DSLR sounds new to me... Would love to know abt it more....

Bong Mom said...

Thanks for the RAW info. Your pictures are always very good.Will ping you if and when I take pictures in the RAW format

RS said...

Looks very delicious and crispy...

G.Pavani said...

tempting n crispy fry..

Madhavi said...

Oh this okra looks super crispy and delicious!!

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lata raja said...

Cham, I know I try also stunts with the new camera....and so I do not find time to put the pictures with the write up...and there are loads of other stuff that keep us away from being regular:) See I am reading this post after so many days!
The vendaikkai crisps look fantastic!

Usha said...

Interesting information about RAW format.

Loved the crispy okra fry, especially because it is a low fat version. Will try :-)

Sujatha said...

Looks super delicious! Love the pictures too.. I make a similar version, but with chopped bhindi. This looks very tempting.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Cham
How are you?
Thank you so much for the writing on RAW format. After packing up my film SLR cameras , I have switched to general digital camera. Hope to buy a DSLR when my pocket is bit filled...fortunately I have kept great collection of my lenses which will fit all Canon DSLR.
I like this recipe. I do make crispy Okora, but I never tried Besan so far. I am keeping a note of the ingredients and the proportion you have used.. WIll try immediately.
Have a nice weekend
PS. There was a breakdown in Blogspot , may be thats why you cd not access. Blogspot had promised , all data wd be restored soon.

homecooked said...

Wow! Yummy. Love okhra's. These look delicious.

Aarthi said...

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notyet100 said...

ummm superdelicious,

Cynthia said...

Welcome to the world of shooting in RAW :)

Aarthi said...

This looks yummy....you have a lovely blog...I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that
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Parita said...

Indeed very crispy...should try sometime :)

Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

Shooting in Raw gives us more options while editing pictures. Being short of time I hardly shoot in raw :( I have to make this fried okras..