Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ayurvedic Cuisine
Pakoras are an Indian snack that's usually deep-fried, but Sondhi has taken the guilt out of eating these delicious treats by baking them instead.
Baked Pakoras (Bhajias)
11/2 cups gram (chickpea) flour
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/2 tsp. garlic, crushed or minced
1 tsp. fresh green chilies, minced'
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 cup plain yogurt
1 bunch spinach, chopped, about 4-5 cups
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine flour, cumin, ginger, garlic chilies, salt and yogurt and beat with wooden spoon until well mixed. Stir in spinach and baking powder. Pour mixture into lightly oiled 9-inch loaf pan. Cover with foil and bake for about 70 minutes. Test with toothpick; if it comes out clean, it's done. Cut into slices, lightly cover with olive oil spray, and place on a baking sheet. Increase oven heat to broil and place in oven for 4 minutes, flipping once, until slightly crisp and brown Watch carefully to ensure they do not burn. Serve with a favourite chutney.
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