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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ribbon Pakora | Ola Pakkavada (Baked & Fried version)

Ribbon Pakora or commonly known as pakavada /ola pakavada/tape pakavada in Kerala is a crisp snack which can be served with tea.This can be prepared in no time and with very fewer efforts.We all love this snack a lot and so made these.I always tried the fried version and so had started avoiding this snack as it's deep-fried.

But now, for a change, I have started trying out the baked version of these pakoras.It was a very successful effort, they were very crisp just like the fried version (see pics below the broken bits are baked).The only drawback what I felt is a slight change in the taste, the baked ones had a milder taste compared to the fried ones.The oil adds taste to the deep-fried ones, and that was the only missing in the baked batch.However, If you are health conscious and would love to avoid deep-frying, you can always go ahead & try the baked version.And I tried both baked & fried version, a batch each and kids enjoyed the fried ones while we enjoyed the baked !!


rice flour 1 cup
kadalamavu/besan/ gram flour 1 cup
chilly powder 3/4 -1 tsp
asafoetida /hing /kayam podi 1/2 tsp
oil 1 tbsp
curry leaves 2 -3 sprigs

For frying
oil for deep-frying

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  • Mix both the flours together without any lumps.Add salt, chilly powder, asafoetida and give a quick mix. Warm a tbsp of oil and mix with the flour mix. Add in half cup of water (or little more) and make a smooth dough. Cover and rest for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough into an idiyappam press or mould with the pakora cutter/plate in it.Add the dough in it, close.
  • Heat oil in a wok and when the oil is hot, drop a small ball to check if the oil is hot. If the ball immediately floats up in oil. That means oil is hot enough.
  • Press the mould over the oil in circular motion or straight lines until the wok looks filled (don't overcrowd). One the bubbling subsides, flip the other side and fry. When the bubbling is reduced, remove using slotted spoon or fry till golden brown. Fry the curry leaves and add. Serve with tea!!

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a tray with parchment paper.Press the idiyappam press in a single line and leaving space in between.

  • Bake in the oven for 12-14 mins, turn and bake the other side for 7-10 mins until crisp and moving in the tray. Break in pieces and serve!!

(Baked Version)

Servings ~  a large bowl

* Adding fried curry leaves increases the flavour.
* Baking time totally depends on the thickness of the pakoras and the type of plates you are using.Please keep a close watch on this.
* Chilly powder can be increased depending on your taste buds.


Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy,Love both versions dear...
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divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Ribbon pakoda is one of my favorite snack. Love the fact that you have tried both the fried and the baked versions.. I am leaning towards the baked version..

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice try in baking method. I would have sure not done this. Good effort. Looks super crunchy on both versions.

Shylaja said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and perfect snack

Babitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice try,baking it

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

cool...nice alternative. hubby is fond of pakoras. will try this soon.

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Its my favorite tea time snack. Loved the guilt free baked version

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Baking pakkavada sounds very has come out very well..must try

Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love to munch this anytime...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Crunchy & crispy, perfect snack

Rasi said... Best Blogger Tips

they have turned out perfect!

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

The ribbons look so crunchy and delicious Julie!

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

BAked ribbon pakoda! really tempting me

Gauri Trivedi said... Best Blogger Tips

I am going to try the bake version soon..I do not have the idli press, can i roll out the dough in the form of a roti and cut strips?

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

So authentic and so tasty.. love it with coffee or tea!!! tastes heaven!!!

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virunthu unna vaanga said... Best Blogger Tips

wow loved the guilt free baked version Julie... thanks for sharing...
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

perfectly made.. delicious crispies..

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

good one

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and perfect evening snack Julie. Made perfectly dear.

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Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie this is yum.
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Nandinis food said... Best Blogger Tips

Crispy pakora. Looks perfect!!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these, would like to try the baked version sometime..

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

very tempting and healthy pakodas. love the baking version

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and delicious,baking sounds interesting.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Somehow feel like munching those deepfried ones eventhough i want to give a try to those baked ones, wonderful crispy pakodas.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I eat a lot when it is fried. if it is baked, no doubt, I will keep on eating this. looks crispy.

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

The ribbons look so crunchy and delicious...

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... ribbon pakodas look perfect... crispy and delicious..

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this pakoda, I am going for fried version.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

loved the baked version

Sweet'n'Savoury said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the bake version of these yummy pakodas!!

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these, baked versions sounds good

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy n crunchy snack...

Ramya Arun said... Best Blogger Tips

Am intending to bake these. I thought a higher temperature would be required as these are fried in hot oil. Will try these tomorrow.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Best wishes on your try.. do lemme kno how it turns out too 😊

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Best wishes on your try.. do lemme kno how it turns out too 😊