Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crispy Onion Fritters And my Crate&Barrel Loot

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Recently I got a $100 gift-certificate for Crate and Barrel from Beso to spend on what I wanted. I wanted a lot. Almost the whole shop. But this is what I got,plenty of odds and ends for props -
A couple of Atoll Blue French Sugar bowls(For Salt and Pepper), Lodge Cast-Iron Tiny skillet(2) and Mini Skillet(1), Pin-Dot Ramekins in Vibrant Orange(2),Mini Take-out Chinese-style Ramekins(2),Stockholm Ramekins (6),Spiral Corn Picks in Chrome(6), Glass Nosh Bowls (2), Set of 3-rectangular potluck bakers. My, that does seem like a lot and all for slightly over $100 bucks(Grand Total:$100.50) inclusive of taxes and such. I only paid for $9 bucks for S &H.Now that is a loot. Don't you agree?
Brr, I can get easily carried away by the purchases I make. About the recipe, its a super quick and tasty appetizer that can be had with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour("Besan" Flour, available in Indian stores)
  • 3 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, vertically slit
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Butter/Clarified Butter, melted
  • 2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • A pinch of Baking Soda
  • Salt for Taste
  • 3-4 cups Corn Oil for Deep Frying
For garnish:
  • 3-4 Dry red Chilies
  • 2 Stalks Curry leaves
  • Mix all of the above ingredients, except for the garnish, in a bowl with little water to make a thick batter. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • In a shallow pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry the dry red chili and curry leaves. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • In a thick bottomed pan, heat 3-4 cups of corn oil.
  • Drop the batter using a spoon and fry until it is evenly browned. Drain on paper towels and serve warm/room temperature with  a cup of  hot tea.
  • Store it in an air-tight container for up to a week.
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  1. Congratulations CL.. That is a loot.... and the fritters look delicious. Perfect for the rainy evenings.

  2. Lovely fritters... I can single handedly finish them Too jealous abt the crate & barrel gift card :-) Love that shop...

  3. Lassie..want those now..Onion fritters looks absolutely tempting and crunchy..

    Kairali sisters

  4. Congratulations on getting the lovely props for the kitchen.Onion fritters look crispy and delicious.

  5. Now THAT is a great loot!!! :).. Onion fritters look great!!!

  6. Congrats CL...Crispy onion fritters is really inviting..

  7. congratualation on your CL. Onion fritters looks really crispy and yummy.

  8. Those pakoras look fabulous! and I liked the chinese takeout ramekins- how cool is that!

  9. This would be better than onion rings with my cheeseburger. Yummy!

  10. Perfect Looking fritters..That's truly a loot..Congrats Lassie !!

  11. That's really a loot. Fritters looks delicious.

  12. Lucky mom is such a fan of C&B, we have 2 literally drag her def visiting one on my next US trip

  13. Congrats CL:-) fritters look crisp and yummy..tempted to eat the whole thing now..

  14. Congratulations you bought awesome stuff.
    Your onion fritters are really yummy, great colour too ♥

  15. Wow, the fritters are amazingly looking and what crispiness, I mean you can see that even in the pic.

    OMG, those are too many things, I would love to have each and every one of those, all wonderful products, enjoy and use and show us off :)

  16. congrats dear, delicious onion fritters, great

  17. Whoa you seriously cleaned up at Crate and Barrel! Awesome!

    Personally, I'd rather have this meal though. It looks and sounds fantastic!

    Oh and I would LOVE to have a NYC area blogger meet up!

  18. Crate and Barrel followed by Pottery Barn are stores that I cannot easily resist. Way cool that you received a gift certificate!

    Your onion fritters look darn good.

  19. congrats for the gift ...onion fritters looks crispy n delicious ...very tempting click


  20. Sounds like you had fun shopping:) Love your crunchy onion dish. We just ate one of those Blooming Onions that are served at Outback. It was so good. Yours sounds even better.

  21. That's a LOT of stuff for 100 bucks! Love them all - esp the take-out style ramekins and the rectangular bakers. Pakoras looking crispy and yum!!

  22. வாழ்த்துக்கள் கூல்..ஆஹா...நல்லா இருக்கின்றது நீங்க வாங்கிய பொருட்கள்....அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...

  23. I have the same problem at c & b...I want everything. These look really delicious.

  24. That is a loot! u lucky girl..enjoy it!!:) am sure u cannot wait for it to get home. love the pin dot ramekin!
    fritters look awesome....!

  25. These onion fritters look so crispy and delicious!

  26. Congratz CL...anything for me??? hehehe ;)

    WOW Onion fritters! Perfect for a teabreak! Ooo la la...:D

  27. lucky gal! The pakodas looks nice and crunchy :D

  28. Hi Lassie

    As the name suggests, the onion fritters look crispy and wonderful.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  29. Congrats brought wonderful stuff..onion fitters looks absolutely delicious..inviting.

  30. lassie,how tempting those onion fritters looooooook...simply my wht a awesome beso and C&B.wht a lovely collection of kitchen stuff u choice ..what a loooooot..simply love those baking trays and cute cast iron pan...heading to the store.....

  31. Congrats, Lassie..Loved those crispy and delicious onion fritters..

  32. The otherwise regular bajias are prepared so well & perfect.... It is getting irresistibly tempting..... :)


  33. your fritters look so very good!!!!! yumm.....
    hey thanks for the heads up about Beso's...I must be living under a rock I have never heard of I'm so glad I know about them!

  34. delicious fritters.. looks so colorful and best tea time snack

  35. A great recipe! Those onions look so scrumptious!



  36. Perfect for monsoon with a cup of masala chai


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