Sunday, June 1, 2014

Munthiri Pakoda/Cashew Pakoda

Cashew pakodas, this pakoda is quite a famous snacks in South India, especially in my native. Whenever my grandma visits us she never failed to get a kg of this pakoda and onion pakoda from a famous snack stall in Pondicherry, obviously this cashew pakoda is something very close to my heart.Actually i make this pakodas very rarely at home as i dont like deepfrying. But since few days the Paris weather is too nasty and my kids started bugging me for some crispy fritters for their snacks. As am the host of this month's  South vs North Challenge an event owned by Divya Pramil i prepared this crunch munchy cashew pakodas to challenge our opposite Northern team as the theme of this month is Evening Snacks.The concept of this event is to exchange an Indian recipe between two teams. One team is Southern team (food bloggers  born and brought in South India) and the another one team is Northern team (food bloggers born and brought in North India). Every first of a month, a blogger from each team will challenge a recipe from their origin and the opposite team have to cook the recipe challenged by the other team.

Usually we make pakodas with onions or any other vegetables, but this pakoda goes for cashew nuts, the addition of cashew nuts and mint leaves makes this pakoda more flavourful and nutty when compared to the other varieties of pakodas.Mint leaves grounded coarsely with fennel seeds and garlic cloves plays the major role for making this deep fried snacks. You doesnt need any other vegetables to add in this pakoda and seriously this pakoda is one of easiest deep fried snacks you can make quickly during anytime of the day. If you have sudden guests and you dont have any vegetables at home, just prepare this pakodas and serve along with a cup of coffee, am sure your guests will definitely appreciate you after munching this nutty pakodas.

1cup Gram flour
1/2cup Rice flour
1/4cup Corn flour 
1/2cup Broken cashew nuts
1tsp Fennel seeds
5nos Garlic cloves
20nos Mint leaves
Few curry leaves
3nos Green chillies (chopped)
1/4tsp Baking soda
Oil for deepfrying +2tbsp Hot oil

Take the fennel seeds and garlic cloves in a mixie jar, grind as coarse paste.

Add the mint leaves and grind as bit coarse paste.

Heat oil for deepfrying.

Take the gram flour,rice flour,corn flour, grounded paste,cashew nuts curry leaves,green chillies,baking soda, salt.

Add the  hot oil, mix well with your fingers.

Slowly sprinkle the water and turn everything as thick batter , take care not to add more water.

Once the oil is hot, take a handful of this pakoda batter, sprinkle the batter in hot oil, put the flame  in medium flame.

Remove the pakodas once they turns golden brown, drain the excess of oil with paper towel.

Store the pakodas in an air tightened box and munch it.

Adding hot oil is very important, this gives the crispy inside.

Keep the flame in high while dropping the pakoda batter, then put the flame in medium and fry, this helps to fry the cashews properly.

Batter should be thick, just sprinkle water.

You can also add more cashews or chopped onions if you want.


  1. Oh god! I am drooling....I want a cup of tea with this full box pakoda

  2. this shud be soo divine..can very well guess how it wud be....the crunchy minty bites...wooww...

  3. wow its very interesting , never heard about cashew pakoda ..............will try it soon........thank you for sharing this mouthwatering challenge

  4. Cashew pakoda looks very delecious dear, love them all :)

  5. Looks very inviting...would love to munch on..

  6. these must be crunchy goodness... yum...

  7. Looks yummy! !! I tasted this delicious pakodas from Chennai! Thanks for sharing this yummy snack....

  8. Looks yummy. I tasted this pakodas from Chennai. ..Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. ..

  9. Crunchy nutty pakoras with mint flavour. Love to munch some right now.

  10. Love the idea of cashew pakoda. Looks so good.

  11. i can not resist myself eat whole if get just now. nice challenge something new. try soon

  12. Namba ooru Mundiri Pakoda, paarkave supera irukku Priya..

  13. wow thats an very delicious snack by delicious I mean it becoz I just had it with a mug full of coffee and this made my day super delightful :) thanks for this delicious challenge aks again a fantastic recipe I enjoyed trying :)

  14. tempting pakodas. Love to have this any time.

  15. I know I will love these! They sound and look very yummy. Bookmarked to try!

  16. They look very crisp...a delicious snack.

  17. Crispy and crunchy it looks...drooling here

  18. Crispy and delicious pakoda, so tempting..

  19. my all time fav kaa.. but stopped eating it..

  20. Super crispy and yummy pakodas. Wish to grab few from the screen itself........:)

  21. Nice unique n crispy fritters...


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