Healthy snack recipe from the state of Himachal Pradesh made with corn, with the flavours of ginger, garlic, and green chilli; a hint of garam masala is pachole. It is a healthy breakfast recipe as pachole are prepared by steaming. This recipe from Himachal Pradesh is ready in no time, just whip up and steam. Pachole can be fried in any ways. I have pan-fried the pachole with just a teaspoon of oil. The steamed version also tastes delish. Steamed pachole can be served with ghee or green chutney. I often make these for evening snacks along with a cup of tea.
The cuisine of Himachal Pradesh varies from region to region. Up in the hills, due to the lack of vegetation, non-vegetarian food is a staple. However, as one comes down the regions, there are plantations and people there use the local produce in their diet. Pachole calls for few fresh ingredients. Here is what you need:
Corn: I have used sweet corn kernels as it was pretty handy to use them. You can even grate the regular corns and use for the recipe. Sweet corns pass on their sweetness to the dish giving it a slight hint of pleasantness.
Ginger, garlic, green chilli: Freshly ground paste is prepared using ginger, garlic and green chilli and the same are used.
Flour: Gram flour and little cornflour is added.
Spices: Garam masala powder is used to pep up pachole and it complements the flavors of this healthy snack very well.
Eating healthy is a very good habit. Therefore we have lots of healthy breakfast as well as healthy snack recipes on the blog. Steamed Bafauri from the state of Chhattisgarh, pitod from Rajasthan, instant khaman from Gujarat, dibba rotti from Andhra Pradesh are a few to mention.
1.This recipe serves 4-5 persons.
2.Take 3 cups of boiled sweet corn kernels in a grinder jar.
3.Make a coarse paste and transfer to a mixing bowl.
4.Add in ½ cup gram flour (besan), 2 tbsp corn flour, 2 tsp paste of ginger, garlic and green chili, salt to taste, ½ tsp garam masala powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste.
5.Mix well and spread on a greasing plate for steaming.
6.Steam for 15-20 minutes or till cooked.
7.Cut into squares and pan fry.
8.Pan fry till golden brown.
9.Serve hot or at room temperature. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
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