Vegetable fritters in a spicy yogurt sauce

For vegetable fritters:

Gram flour (besan) 3/4 cup
Onion, finely chopped 1 medium
Bell pepper, finely chopped
Dried Fenugreek leaves (methi) 1/2 cup
Freshly ground coriander seeds
Ginger,grated 1 inch piece
Cayenne powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Canola or Vegetable oil to deep fry
2 teaspoons buttermilk

For Spicy yogurt sauce (called Kadhi)

Yogurt 1 cup
Gram flour (besan) 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Canola/ Vegetable Oil 2 tablespoons
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Dried red chillies for garnish
Black peppercorns 4-5
Onion ,chopped 1 medium
Ginger,chopped 1/2 inch piece
Cayenne powder 1 teaspoon

Preparation of Vegetable Fritters: Take a big bowl and mix gram flour, salt, turmeric, dried fenugreek leaves, freshly ground coriander seeds and cayenne pepper. Mix in the chopped onions & bell peppers. Add about 1/4 a cup of water and mix well.

NANDINI s TIP: Add 2 teaspoons of buttermilk.

Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 minutes. This allows all the flavors to blend well with the onions and peppers.

Heat sufficient oil in a pan, drop small portions of the mixture and deep fry till golden brown. Drain and place on an absorbent paper and set aside.

Preparation of Spicy Yogurt Sauce:
Take a bowl and whisk yogurt and gram flour well.

NANDINI s TIP: Sift the flour into the yoghurt while whisking in order to avoid forming lumps.

Blend thoroughly. Add turmeric powder, salt and three cups of water. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan Add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns and red chillies. Stir-fry for half a minute. Add onions, ginger and stir-fry for a minute. Add yogurt mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for about fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cayenne powder.

Bringing together the dish:
Transfer the crunchy golden brown vegetable fritters to the yoghurt sauce and simmer for four to five minutes.

Picture 1: Spices required        Picture 2: Preparation of fritters

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Picture 3: Cumin, Coriander, Red Chillies &Tumeric

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Picture 4:Transfer ginger-garlic         Picture 5: Mix gram flour with yogurt

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Picture 6: Transfer gram flour mix to the pan- Spicy yogurt Sauce

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Picture 7: Fry the fritters           Picture 8: Transfer fritters to a plate

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Picture 9: Add the fritters to the spicy yogurt sauce

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