It is one of the street foods that can be had alone or as a accompaniment to rice. I find some of the famous South Indian restaurants in chennai do prepare pakodas but those made in streets is unmatched both in flavor and taste.
My Mom used to prepare this very fast using Bajji Mix/Powder whenever she runs out of vegetables to prepare as side dish. Here I do not get that powder and started experimenting with different ratios of Besan and Rice flour; finally settled down with this. Now I am very confident that I can make this recipes within minutes and without Bajji mix. It is a easy recipe with few ingredients but tastes very amazing and can be had anytime.
Besan flour (kadalai maavu) 1/2 cup
Rice flour 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds 1/4 tsp
Water and Oil
Chop Onions into thin lengthwise strips.
Combine chopped Onions, Besan and Rice flour, fennel seeds and salt.
Mix well.. Now heat oil in a pan for deep frying. When it is warm, take a table spoon of that oil and sprinkle on the mixture. Mix well and now sprinkle little water to the mixture. If you are able to hold a small part of the mixture and it doesn't fall down, you have added enough water, else sprinkle some more.
Now take small parts of the mixture and hold it in desired shapes and then allow deep frying. Fry till they are brown and cooked.
Serve as a snack or with steamed rice and rasam/curd.
Linking this recipe to Favorite Dhaba food/ street food event of Annarasa: Essence of food.