There are some foods which take you directly to the “bygone” days. For those of you that are born in circa “Post cell phone”, wont be able to relate to the story.
You see, in those times, evenings were meant to go outside and play games with ‘real’ friends. No video games, netflix, mobile, meant you had to play games involving real physical activities. When the street light went on, it was time to stop whatever you were doing and head home.
Rain was the only time you were allowed to stay indoors with friends. Rain also meant there would be some fried food at home. There is this connection between rain and fried food, that only people from Bengal would agree. These fritters remind me of evenings such as those, sitting down with friends, giggling for no reason at all and popping these in mouth.
Try it out friends. Friendly warning, it is really hard to stop after a couple. Please factor this in while planning.
Recipe: Enough for 8 people
I have adapted the recipe from “A homemaker’s diary”, with minor changes. Check her wonderful blog,
Overripe bananas 6
Semolina 1 cup
All purpose flour 11/2 cup
Rice flour 2/3 cup
Aniseeds coarsely grounded 2 tbsps
Sugar 1 cup
Baking soda 2/3 tsp
Salt 2/3 tsp
Canola oil for frying.
Dry roast the semolina till lightly coloured. Put the gas off. Add 2 cups water , stir and let it sit for 15 minutes. Add the APF, rice flour, sugar, aniseeds, salt. Mix some water to make a batter, The consistency should be that of a cake batter. Add the baking powder just before frying.
Heat oil, about 2 inces deep in a pan on medium heat. Drop a tablespoon of batter in the oil, fry till both sides are dark brown.
Collect them on kitchen towel. On cooling, sprinkle some icing sugar on top.