Kaara Boondhi/ Boondi. Spicy Boondhi.
This is my Dad's favourite savoury! I learnt it for him. Its quite simple recipe.....but most of them avoid making it in the home, thinking that its time consuming. I bet, you could make it....really very simple. Just fewer ingredients threw together! It tastes better when home made, hot and fresh...you know!
Bengal gram flour 2 cups
Baking soda 1/4 spoon
Baking salt 1/4 spoon
Vanaspati/dalda/vegetable oil 1 spoon
Salt as per taste
Chili powder 1-2 spoons
Garlic 2 (country garlics)semi crushed with skin
Curry leaves 1 bowl full
Oil for frying
Slotted Spoon(small/large slots).
In a small bowl, bring baking salt and baking soda. To this add vanaspathi/dalda. Mix them well, until the salts dissolves and comes frothy.
Mix bengal gram to it. Mix them evenly. Then add warm water to it. Make a thin batter....it should be really in runny consistency without any lumps.
Now heat up the oil. Maybe in medium to high heat.
Take a slotted spoon.(a slotted wooden/steal spoon) each pore in the spoon should be with 'wheat size' pore. (if you run the batter over it....it should produce 'small rain drop size Boondhis')
Now holding the slotted spoon, right above the oil. Slowly, in a small table spoon, take your batter and run over the slotted spoon. And slightly shake the slotted spoon.....while you are running the batter! So that the batter will be drizzled in oil as rain drops. At the same time, do not load the oil. Fry little boondhis at a time.
Reserve each batch in kitchen tissues.
Then in the same oil....after done with all the batter into boondhis, fry curry leaves and reserve them too. Again in the same oil...fry crushed garlic(with skin) till fragrant and reserve them too.
Now while they are still warm and crispy.....mix boondhis, curry leaves and garlic. To this sprnkle salt and chili powder. Serve hot as a snack.