I often dream that I am taking a test and I am so grossly unprepared for it that I am unable to answer even a single question. With it comes the regret about time wasted, flashes of TV programs I was watching while I should have been studying, and a deep, suffocating, all-encompassing guilt. Once awake, I often imagine that the exam subject was history, possibly because the subject is so vast and takes days and days of preparation, and my usual method of last minute study wouldn't have helped. Phew.
You will need:
3 cups thin, long onion slices
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 tablespoon ginger grated
1 teaspoon red chili powder
A pinch turmeric powder
2 tablespoons green chili, chopped finely
10 curry leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
To taste, salt
1/2 cup water (approximately)
Sprinkle some salt on the onion slices and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Mix together chickpea flour, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Slowly add water till you have a thick batter (When you add onions, the batter will become slightly loose). Add onion slices, ginger, green chili, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Do a taste test and add salt if required.
Pour oil into a frying pan till it rises by about a cm. Heat over medium high flame till a drop of batter dropped into the oil sizzles and rises to the surface. Working in batches, drop tablespoon after tablespoon of batter into the hot oil. Fry each side till it is golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Repeat till all the batter is used up. Serve hot.