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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Spinach & Onion Pakora

Wednesday (3/25) was Telugu New Year also known as Ugadi. It is usually celebrated with the reading of the New Years' almanac and traditional foods. You can read more about our previous years celebrations here: 2014201520162018, 2019.

This year, we celebrated Ugadi smaller due to Covid-19. We had Tomato Rasam, Spinach Sambar, Lemon Rice, Carrot-Cucumber Curd Salad, Papadums, Tamarind Chutney, Spinach & Onion Pakora, and of course a little Ugadi Pachadi.

Since we couldn't have the family over we opted for more snack foods for this year's meal. We had beautiful spinach from the farmer's market and plenty of onions so I decided to do a riff on a snack favorite, Onion Pakora. These green & gold crunchy savory fritters were the perfect addition to this year's Ugadi dinner!

So here is my recipe for Spinach & Onion Pakora:

Spinach & Onion Pakora Cooking for Kishore

Onion Pakora

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Chickpea Flour, Besan
  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Green Chili, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • Bunch of Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Water

Instructions

  1. Mix both flours, chili powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Add the green chili, garlic ginger paste and enough water to make a thick batter. Add the spinach, cilantro and thinly sliced onion and mix well.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan to medium. Once oil is hot, add spoonfuls of batter. Fry till golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels before serving. Serve hot with chutney. Enjoy!
Yield: Makes 15-20
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 10 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.
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