Shahtoot ke Pakore

Shahtoot ke Pakore

Dharamsala to Amritsar solo Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike drive during the rainy season via National Highway 20 and 15 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 are doing so.

He said: Will make pakoras.

I was amazed by the reply and another question: Which tree is this?

Shahtoot.

A request for few garma garam Shahtoot ke pakore and he nodded as Yes.

After lunch I tasted few and the conclusion: remind 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.

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