In India, pakodas hold a special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts, and their popularity extends across diverse regions and communities. One variant that resonates well, especially in East India and particularly West Bengal is the beloved “dhaniya pakoda” or coriander fritters. Dhaniya pakodas are a popular choice during winter or as a companion to a cup of chai, offering a perfect blend of crunchiness and herbal goodness. Recently, a video capturing a street vendor expertly preparing dhaniya pakodas has gone viral, drawing attention to these savoury bites.
In the video, the street vendor was seen dipping entire bunches of fresh coriander into a bowl containing a well-seasoned batter made of besan (gram flour) and various spices. Moving to a large wok filled with sizzling hot oil, the vendor carefully lowered the besan-coated coriander bundles into the bubbling concoction. Next, the vendor deftly flipped the pakodas to ensure an even, golden brown colour on both sides. The freshly fried delights were now ready to be served. Watch the video here.
While people generally love the sizzling aroma and rich taste of pakodas, viewers were put off by hygiene concerns, particularly expressing unease about the perceived use of old oil in the frying process. One user commented, “That oil has never changed since the UK entered India.”
Another user wrote, “Service Due it’s time to change the oil.”
“In partnership with Castrol engine oil,” mocked one user.
“How many heart attacks per plate?” asked someone else.
Another user added, “Straight away to the Bharath petroleum.”
“Brother, you should at least have washed the coriander,” a comment read.
If you are skeptical about the street vendor’s hygiene, no worries! Why not whip up some delicious pakodas at home? Here are a few easy recipes to satisfy your cravings.
Here Are 5 Pakoda Options For You To Try:
1. Potato Pakoda:
Thin slices of potatoes coated in a spiced chickpea flour batter and deep-fried until golden brown. Check out the recipe here.
2. Onion Pakoda:
Sliced onions mixed with besan (gram flour) and spices, then fried to crispy perfection. Recipe here.
3. Paneer Pakoda:
Cubes of paneer coated in a spiced chickpea flour batter and fried until golden. Click here for the recipe.
4. Chilli Pakoda:
Green chillies stuffed with a spiced potato mixture dipped in batter, and deep-fried. Recipe here.
5. Cheese Pakoda:
Grated cheese blended with besan, rice flour, and spices, forming a savoury batter that’s deep-fried to golden perfection. Check out the recipe here.
Tell us your favourite kind of pakoda to pair with coffee or tea