Anything fried is my favorite. On days when it’s raining outside, have nothing to do but lounge and watch tv …..you crave for some comfort food, right ? This snack will satisfy your craving instantly. It’s crispy and tasty, I bet it’s very hard to say no, even though you are a very healthy eater. Also this recipe is gluten free too.
Usually we make this with just onions but I came up with this combination since I really like the aroma of green bell pepper it creates a unique flavor.
Here is the recipe
- 1- cup of chickpea flour (or all purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon – turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon -chili powder or paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon of asafetida ( optional)
- And 2- teaspoons of salt
Add water and bring it to a pancake batter consistency, Set it aside and let the flavors meld for sometime.
Many of us still make a lot of mistakes when it comes to deep frying. Please take the time to read the following tips it is extremely helpful. To all the beginners out there it will ease your fear of deep frying.
Do’s and Dont’s of Deep Frying.
1. When it comes to deep frying it is very important to choose the right oil which is suitable for deep frying.
2. Oils that are highly recommended for deep frying are olive oil , peanut oil or coconut oil . European countries use olive oil and Asian countries either use coconut oil or peanut oil for deep frying, there is a reason behind this.
3. Because these oils have a very high smoke point they are very stable when heated up to high temperature.
4. Ideal temperature for deep frying is 350*F. When you fry at this temperature the coating cooks quickly and forms a seal so that the oil doesn’t seep into it. Then the steam cooks the inside throughly and this is how deep frying works.
5. The best way to measure this is using the good old way that your grandma taught you . Put a tiny drop of batter into the oil if it floats to the top within seconds the oil is ready. Or you can use a thermometer .
6. Use a broad pan with a stable bottom. Buy a really good skimmer to strain the excess oil out of the food. Always use the back burner if you have small children in the house.
7. Keep it in a medium flame through out the cooking process. This helps the oil maintain the right temperature and it gives the food right texture and color.
1. Do not use Refined or Extra Virgin oils for deep frying , they don’t have a very high smoke point
2. It breaks down and releases harmful compounds when exposed to high heat, Which is very harmful for your health.
3. Use these oils for salad dressing, sautéing or cooking with less heat.
4. Do not put the food in until the oil reaches the right temperature.
5. Do not crowd the pan . Fry them in batches, patience is key in deep frying. Ever wonder why your fritters are soaked in oil, this explains the reason.
6. Do not heat up the oil above 375*F or until it starts to smoke. It burns the food. If it starts to smoke, immediately switch off the stove and put a lid on the pan this prevents the fire.
7. Do not use the same oil to deep fry more than two times. Discard it immediately ,Your heart will say a big thank you.
Of late everybody is eating healthy so fat and deep fried food has gotten a bad rap. But I am telling you with my own experience it’s not all that bad if it is done right and consumed in moderation. So forget the guilt and enjoy fried foods once in awhile.
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