Thursday, January 26, 2012

Baked Onion & Amaranth Greens Pakodas with Creamy Cauliflower Dip & Happy Republic Day

Freedom in Mind,
Faith in Words,
Pride in our Heart,
Memories in our Souls.
Lets Salute the Nation on

(Message Courtesy : Rediff)

With the patriotic fervor played to the hilt, my daughter looked forward to something different to spend her afternoon satiated. I could only think of Priya Mahadevan's Baked Pakodas & Cauliflower dip that not only was an indulgence uber healthy but also surprisingly tasty. 

Priya by the way is the Blogger of the Month at my space. It was a perfect opportunity for me to showcase two of the bookmarked recipes from her versatile blog.

Verdict :- That my daughter, a certified fried-food junkie gulped down the baked stuff with the dip, goes to prove that the snack is kid-friendly and the dip totally yum ; it goes without saying that I merrily indulged :))

Baked Amaranth Greens & Onion Pakodas (Fritters)
(Quantity : 10)
  • Whole Wheat Flour - 70 to 75 grams approx (sifted)
  • All Purpose Flour - 70 to 75 grams approx  (sifted)
  • Baking Powder -  3/4 tbsp to1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 small - finely chopped
  • Amaranth Greens (Mulai keerai) - a fistful - finely chopped
  • Olive Oil - a generous splash
  • Cheese - as required - optional - grated
  • Milk - as required
  • Chillis - 1 to 2 - to taste
  • Salt - to taste

Here's How :-

In a bowl add the sifted flours and mix baking powder & salt. Add the chopped onion, chillis & the amarnath greens and mix well. Add grated cheese and tip in the olive oil & required milk to make it a lightly mushy dough (pakoda batter consistency).

Preheat the oven to 205 C/400 F and grease the muffin tray/individual muffin liners. Scrape in a tablespoon of the dough/batter in to the muffin pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or till you see the browning of the top.

Enjoy hot with tomato sauce/dip of your choice. I served them with creamy cauliflower dip.

Creamy Cauliflower Dip
  • Cauliflower - 1 big head
  • Milk - 1 cup (I used full cream milk)
  • Garlic - 3 pods
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper Powder - 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Olive Oil - a dribble or two
  • Almonds/Pine nuts - Toasted (For Garnish)

Here's How :-

Cut the head in to small florets and let it soak in salinated hot water for a few minutes. In, the meanwhile warm a pan and add milk, along with pepper powder & garlic and bring it to a boil. Add the drained florets and let it cook till they turn sufficiently cooked & tender.

Toast some almonds or pine nuts and set aside.

Once the florets cool, grind it to a fine paste along with required salt and scoop it in to a serving bowl. Garnish with toasted nuts and enjoy with savoury snacks/pita/sandwich spread/steamed veggies

Enjoy !

Linking the Cauliflower dip to Siri's Healing foods- cauliflower ; guest hosted by Vardhini


  1. Delicious looking onion pakoras. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Both recipes looks gr8...lovely preparation!!

  3. Nice recipes !! perfectly done !!

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  4. Both recipes are looking great and yummy...

  5. Delicious looking..will surely try this

  6. yummy recipes....mouthwatering

  7. Thrilled to bits that your family endorsed them :)- They have turned out great Priya :) Thank you for trying out these recipes :)

  8. superb!! i havent heard of cauliflower dp but this s awesome!!!

  9. this looks wonderful happy republic day
    hope you can join the tea time sncak event

  10. Thats one awesome recipe.. Baked... sounds so healthy... THe dip looks so creamy

  11. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

  12. Great clicks and a perfect dish!Jai Hind!

  13. Very delicious clicks and no wonder that you daughter gulped down those. The dip looks too good.

  14. Priya..just a couple of hours ago I saw a veggie vendor with his cart full of amaranth greens! And I was wondering what to make with them (apart from the usual way of cooking our greens) - I wish I had seen ur post earlier, I am sure my son will LOVE these pakodas :) I am off to hunt for that cart now :))

  15. what a healthy way to snack upon, am always up for amaranth, nice cliks too

  16. I love this healthy pakoras, now we can enjoy pakoras without any guilt.

  17. Love these wonderfully baked pakodas and the dip is too good..

  18. Extremely healthy decadence..! A great way to woo the kids..! Loved it...

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  19. Now I wonder how did "bake" and "pakoda" get together??? you made the impossible possible and in style !!

  20. The dip looks yummy and the pakodas totally inviting .. love low fat versions of deep fried stuff :) Thx for linking to the event.

  21. These both look incredible! I love that scrumptious dip, very original and tasty!