Pyaazi

Pyaazi (I call it as lost snack of Bihar and Jharkhand )brings some nostalgic moments back from my childhood, You won’t get this ” Tea-snack” in any fancy restaurant ever. This is a road side snack (street food ) sold by street vendors. People from Bihar,Jharkhand might identify this delicious snack .I ate this when I was a kid ,we had this small resturants ( pronounced ” hotail”) near our home and every evening I use to buy either hot samosa, pyaazi, cutlet, aloo-chop, nimki to hog with our evening tea. We use to fondly called the hotel owner as ” nadu dada ” ( dada means brother in bengali ) . Oh “what an amazing memory! ” 🙂 I miss all those golden days , when life so simple and hassle free. Anyways today I thought of making this and surprisingly it came out as tasty as Nadu dada’s Pyaazi .The hotel(resturant) does not exist anymore but his expertise in making these snacks is incomparable.

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Ingredients

  • 2 big onions chopped into random small pieces
  • 4-5 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
  • 1/4 tspn Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn Red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tspn Carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tablespoon rice powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tspn chat masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • Chaat masala to sprinkle
  • Few chopped onions to sprinkle ( vertically)
  • Oil to fry
  • Water ( only if required,in my case I didn’t put even one drop of water)

Process

  • In a bowl take the roughly chopped onions and add red chilly powder,turmeric powder,cumin powder,carom seeds,salt,chopped coriander,mint,1 tspn chat masala powder,gram flour , rice flour and 1 tablespoon oil and using you hand mix all the mixture giving little pressure.
  • In the process the onions will release water so I did not added water at all. You have to make a thick mixture so that you can make balls.You can add little extra gram flour if you feel you need it.
  • The amount of gram flour is only to bind the onions and it should not over power the onions.
  • Now heat enough oil and make small balls and fry them for 1-2 min .

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  • Remove the half fried pyaazi from the oil and keep in a paper towel.
  • Flattened the balls.

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  • Reheat the oil again to maximum temp and deep fry the flattened pyaazi again til crisp and golden .
  • Drain on absorbent paper,paper towel.
  • To serve ,transfer pyaazi on serving plate ,sprinkle chat masala on top with some chopped onions and enjoy with hottttttttttt tea 🙂

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