Dharamsala to Amritsar solo motorbike drive I stop at International Dhaba – left hand side of National Highway 15 at Gurdaspur for Lunch. The owner of the Dhaba was plucking leaves from a particular tree and I question: Why you doing so.
He said: Will make pakoras.
I was amazed by the reply and another question: Which tree is this?
A request for few garma garam Shahtoot ke pakore and he nodded as Yes.
After lunch I tasted few and the conclusion: reminds Methi Ke Pakore – Tasty. I requested for more and the preparation method?
Besan (Bengal Gram Flour), sliced onion, chilli powder, salt as per taste, chopped Shahtoot leaves, little sprinkle of water all mix together and finally deep fry the mixture into hot oil. Once brown ready to serve – simple.
Thank you – said I. Road journey is exciting.