Our traditional foods are rich in a variety of nutrients and our ancestors have set aside particular ingredients for specific purposes. Buckwheat or kuttu, as it is called in Hindi, is one such nutrient-rich foods that is earmarked for fasts and vrats. The west is discovering it as a gluten free energy foods today and recommends it highly as a substitute for cereals like rice and wheat. It is actually a fruit seed and not a cereal as many think!
- It has high quality proteins and contains all nine amino acids.
- It is a good source of fibre.
- It is rich in iron.
- It is high in carbohydrates and antioxidants.
- It is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals.
- Being gluten-free, it is perfect for those who are sensitive to grains which contain gluten.
Kuttu ka aata is very popular in North India with many delicious vrat recipes like pakodi, paratha, chilla and halwa are made with it. I am sharing the recipe of kuttu ki pakodi which is best enjoyed with vrat wali aalo ki sabzi and chutney.
Kuttu ki pakodi
Ingredients (for 2-3 servings):
- Kuttu ka aata (Kuttu flour) – 2 tea cup
- Boiled potatoes – 6-8 medium
- Green chillies – 2-3
- Pepper powder – ½ tsp
- coriander leaves – 4-5 tbsp
- Oil or desi ghee for frying – 1 cup
- Rock salt according to taste
- Sieve kuttu flour
- Mash boiled potato
- Chop green chillies and coriander leaves
- Take kuttu ka aata in a bowl, add mashed potatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves, rock salt, pepper powder. Add 1 tsp oil and mix it well.
- Now add water to this mixture and make a thick batter, (it should be like thick idli batter).
- Heat ghee in the When it is medium hot, drop the batter by hand or with a small spoon. You can put 8 – 10 pakodis at a time.
- Fry pakodis till they are reddish brown and crispy. Remove to a paper towel.
- Serve crisp pakodis piping hot with vrat wali aalo ki sabzi and chutney.