Kerala Pakkavada / Ribbon pakkoda

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Rice flour (roasted) : 1 cup
Besan / Gram flour : 2 cups
Red chilli powder : 1 tsp
Pepper Powder : ½ tsp
Hing / Kayam / Asafoetida powder : ½ tsp
Curry leaves : 2 sprig
Melted butter or Ghee : 1 tbsp
Water : 1½ cup
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
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Pakkavada is a very popular Kerala snack item prepared from rice flour and besan. Its also known as ribbon pakoda due to its peculiar shape. Its most commonly served at tea time.

Preparation of Kerala pakkavada

  1. Sift together the roasted rice flour, besan into a bowl.
  2. Add the ghee / melted butter, salt, chilly powder and the pepper powder to the bowl.
  3. Mix it well.
  4. Knead it into a smooth dough by adding water little by little. The consistency of the dough should be that for idiyappam or little looser than the one for chappathi.
  5. Change the disc of idiyappam mould / seva to the narrow slit like one for pakkavada / ribbon pakoda.
  6. Fill the mould with the dough.
  7. Heat oil in a deep fying pan and when it becomes hot, empty the seva to the hot oil in a circular motion.
  8. Fry the pakavadas until its golden colored. You can stir in between.
  9. Drain into a colander / kitchen towel.
  10. Fry the curry leaves and mix them with the pakavadas.
  11. Serve it hot with a cup of tea or you can store them for months in air tight containers too.

Try this ribbon pakoda / pakkavada recipe and let me know your comments ;).

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This entry was written on February 1st, 2018 by in Bakery and tagged with , , , , , , , , . Last revised on February 15th, 2018.

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Cini P Moideen


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