This is my perfect guilty pleasure on a snowy stormish day (like today):
Potato and Broccoli Pakoras
2 cups of gram (besan) flour
1 head of broccoli cut into small heads
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp chili powder (optional)
2 onions chopped finely
1 bell pepper, medium sized finely chopped
3-4 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced into small pieces
1/2 cup water
Combine flour, spices, and water in a large bowl. Mix ingredients together and then add veggies. Coat onions, broccoli, bell pepper, and potatoes evenly with flour mix. You can even dip little whole flower heads of broccoli or cauliflower (or add your favorite veggies) in the mix. As ANOTHER alternative, you can take slices of bread and dip it in this batter, and make your own desi-fied french toast!
Anyway, after coating veggies in the mix, add olive oil to a large pan for deep frying. Set flame on high. When the oil is well heated, drop little nuggets of the pakora mix into the pan and fry until brown on both sides. Finally, strain out the pakoras from the oil using a slotted spoon and rest them on a paper towel. Serve with Mint Chutney which can be bought at your local Indian store and voila! Fried pieces of heaven!