It was one of those days that deserve some deep fried love. I am not exactly sure what kind of exact day it was but it must have been pretty worthwhile to deserve pakoras being fried in bubbling hot oil.
Could have been the day, LS took the plunge and rode the bicycle with the training wheels. From three wheels to four, two of them in training waiting to be taken away.
Could also have been another one where she found her knee pads and elbow pads so overwhelming that she refused to ride the bike at all. "I don't want to ride anymore", she decided.
Could have been when BS after many, many days of tearful practice of the same piano piece over and over again, found her reward that only hard work can bring.
Could have been when I learned of "gentoo penguins" from a smart 6 year old as we painted pottery on a cold day.
Could have been the day a flower bloomed.
A leaf fluttered.
The rains splashed.
And nothing happened.
It could have been this day or the other but there must have been something to make me heat a kadhai full of oil to bubbling.
This recipe was adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe on YouTube. I don't know if there is some divine intervention that I happened to post these keema pakoris on Ramzan when it was indeed adapted from Khana Khazana's Ramzan Special. I have also modified the recipe according to my Chicken Meatball recipe where the breadcrumbs give amazing soft results. This is a simple enough recipe to follow if you have minced meat at home and is a sure fire entertainer.
Chicken Keema Pakora
Chicken keema -- 1 lb
Onion -- 1 small finely chopped
Ginger-Garlic Paste -- 1 tsp
Cumin Powder -- 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder -- 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder -- 1/2 tsp (I don't add this)
Garam masala -- a pinch
Salt -- to taste
Green Chili -- 4-5 finely chopped
Lime Juice -- 1/2 a lime
Freshly chopped coriander -- a fistful
BreadCrumb -- 1/4 cup
Egg -- 1
Besan/Chickpea flour -- almost 1/2 cup
Vegetable Oil -- for deep frying
Mix all the ingredients together adding the egg and besan only towards the end. Fashion small balls out of the mix.
Heat enough oil for deep frying. Drop the balls in the hot oil. Reduce heat to medium, slowly fry the balls so that the keema cooks. When both sides have turned golden brown, raise the heat and fry for a minute till it turns crispy.
Take out with a slotted spoon and drain the oil on a paper towel. Serve hot with some spicy chutney.
Your way to celebrate a fast or a feast.