Fry Fest for MBP February

First of all, congratulations!! to Anthony, Ashwini, Shaheen,
Indira, Meena, and Trupti, all nominated for Best Food Indiblog at IndiBloggies.
I wish I could vote six times πŸ˜‰


Lovely Coffee of My Khazana of Recipes has chosen finger foods as the theme of her Monthly Blog Patrol for February. What a perfect excuse for me to try some of the fried foods that I (ahem) *try* to indulge in only rarely πŸ˜‰

It was easy to find my wishlist of recipes… more difficult to choose amongst them. In the end, I made three… leaving many more to try the next time!

First up was a dish I have been eyeing for weeks: Supriya’s Plantain Kabobs. These were easy to make and I really enjoyed the spicy-tangy taste, crispy outside and melting-soft inside.

Next, another long-coveted dish, Asha’s Palak Onion Pakodas. They came together in a flash (a hallmark of Asha’s great recipes!) and were crunchy and delicious with fresh spinach and thinly sliced onions.

I also made some fried okra, inspired by Shaheen’s Stuffed Okra Fritters. I made it a little differently (feeling lazy!?) by stuffing them with amchur and sambhar powders mixed with drops of water. I also mixed besan, cornstarch, and rice flour for the coating, to which I added the leftover stuffing paste. I fried a couple plain, too. Shaheen was right: fried whole okra is fantastic!

fixing okra
fixing okra for deep frying

Since I had the oil out and bubbling, I got a little carried away. I tried frying some baby onions, lotus seeds, and dahi chiles I found at the store. The onions made some pretty shapes as their layers separated, but in the future I would save them for something better. The lotus seeds didn’t do much of anything — I found them just as tasty heated in the frying pan with Pam. The dahi chiles… well, let’s just say I am a not-ready-for-primetime player when it comes to munching whole chiles of *any* variety — but I did try some and it was tasty if HOT πŸ™‚

Thanks Coffee, for the fun theme, and thank you Supriya, Asha, and Shaheen for the great finger foods!

fry fest on a plate, clockwise from bottom: tomato-chile pwd-yogurt dip, fried okra, assorted tidbits (baby onions, lotus seeds, dahi chiles etc), plantain kabobs, palak-onion pakodas, and can you guess?

kitties in winter sunshine



  1. asha said

    I love fry fest Linda!!Not good for us but love them all anyway!:)) Enjoy Linda.Btw,Butter Chicken and Malai Koftas are at FH.

    The batter you mentioned for frying Okra is excellent too.I make the same way with rice flour and cornstarch,gets crunchy.I am surprised to see my Spinach Pakoras all over the place these days,in fact this is the fourth site with those! I am happy that you all like it so much.More fry fest is coming up in FH next week for our ShivRatri festival with Cubanos chillies!!:))

    Thanks Asha — I’ll look forward to your fry fest and hope you enjoyed ShivRatri. FH is looking great as usual! I found that batter very crispy indeed — would like to try those okra with tempura batter sometime too. Spinach pakoras rock πŸ™‚

  2. Manjula said

    Hmmm…you had a feast with so many of them.
    Can u guess item – I have quite a few guesses. It looks like the onion rings. But could be shrimp. It could be potatoes ..I see potato in your picture along with okra.

    Hi Manjula — actually, the mystery item is the plantain kabob mixture put through a press like chaklis — tasted good that way, too πŸ™‚ They do look like shrimp, I think!

  3. sra said

    That’s quite a spread, thanks for visiting my blog.

    Thanks in return, sra πŸ™‚

  4. Coffee said

    Thats a delicious spread!!!!!! All of them look great Linda. πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Coffee! Are you still here!? I thought you were on holiday :):)

  5. sia said

    so many munchies linda… and u managed tp make all 3 of them in a single go!!! amazing… glad u enjoyed plantain kababs. i also made asha’s pakodas for coffee’s event. next will try stuffed okras:)
    i have a draft of recipe for those chillies u mentioned:) u r supossed to eat them with rice+dal or rice+yogurt:) its called as majjige menasu or balaka in our native:)

    Hi Supriya, oh, the kabobs were great! I also pressed some like chaklis and that was good, too. Aren’t those pakodas delish! It makes sense to eat chiles with rice and *something* — I know I saw them with chitrannam on Indira’s blog long ago. I thought I’d fry some up as long as I had hot oil. Thanks again for the great recipe! πŸ™‚

  6. sandeepa said

    Wow so you had a great crunchy munchy time πŸ™‚

    Too much so, I’m afraid, Sandeepa πŸ˜‰

  7. asha said

    Got the Naan recipe from your old post and Gattina’s too.I will try sometimes!:))Thank you.

    Anytime, Asha dear πŸ™‚

  8. Lot of crunchies. Wonderful and delicious.

    hi Just for fun, glad you enjoyed them, thanks! I’ll have to peek in at your blog πŸ™‚

  9. swapna said

    wow linda
    u have done so many snacks ..looks delicious..

    Thank you Swapna — it was a snack-a-thon πŸ™‚

  10. Nabeela said

    wow…you went all out huh? πŸ˜‰
    I make spinach pakodas too….aren’t they awesome?
    As for the guess it shrimp? or potato?
    Oh! And before I forget, the dahi chillies are meant to be had with rice and dal….a teeny tiny bite of chilli with every bite of rice and dal…so no wonder you couldn’t bear the chilli heat on its own πŸ˜€

    I couldn’t resist trying the chiles, Nabeela! I had the oil hot and I so rarely deep fry anything πŸ˜‰ Another time I will make them with rice and dal too. Those things do look like shrimp – hadn’t even occurred to me but they do. It’s the plantain kabob mixture, pressed out like chaklis. Can we see your recipe for spinach pakodas, too? πŸ™‚

  11. Sushma said

    I love palak pakoras…You are awesome you made all the finger food platter in one go… they always taste so delicious..

    I love these munchies…

    Also, I have posted the recipe of couscous stuffed bellpepper on my site…Sorry for the late post was busy at work.


    Hi Sushma, it was fun doing all those snacks at once… and now I can hopefully behave for awhile and stay away from frying:) I will hurry and see your couscous stuffed pepper recipe, great!

  12. Latha said

    Wow Linda! I love fried food and restrain form it but this platter looks too tempting! Perfect for the cold, chilly weather!

    Help yourself, Latha — I try to avoid fried food mostly, but sometimes it’s just as you said — too tempting! πŸ˜‰

  13. Mishmash! said

    Hi Linda, Thanks for visiting my blog:) I enjoyed ur blog too..especially the pictures of ur dinnerwares and the New England style beanpot, my kinda pottery πŸ™‚ Would visit you often .

    Have a great weekend.


    Hi Shn, so glad you visited and thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend too!

  14. Trupti said

    Whoa, have been BUSY! looks like you had a good time making them..yeah, I don’t get near the chilis too much, they spit back….heheh…you know what I mean.

    thanks for the mention! have a good weekend.


    Hugs to you, Trupti — have a great weekend yourself, and congrats again! πŸ™‚

  15. InjiPennu said

    What is that pink sauce? Raita?

    I guess I didn’t describe that very well in the photo caption — maybe it could be called raita Inji, you can tell me: it’s chili powder, chopped onions and tomatoes in yogurt πŸ™‚

  16. sailaja said

    You sure have been busy in the kitchen, Linda.
    Beetroot raita?

    Onions, tomatoes, and chili pwd in the yogurt, Sailu, and no more frying for me now… for months! πŸ˜‰

  17. indosungod said

    WOW Linda, did you have a movie handy, all those munchies look fantastic.

    Hi ISG, a movie would be just the thing, thanks! πŸ™‚

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