|Cashew Mint Pakoda
Cashew nuts - 15 cut into half
Chopped fresh mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Somph/Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 4
Besan / Kadalai Maavu - 1 cup
Rice flour / Arisi Maavu - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Cooking soda - 1/8 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - to deep fry
Take ghee and cooking soda in a wide bowl using your fingers cream it well till pale.
Now add all the above mentioned ingredients and mix.
Sprinkle very little water and mix till it resembles like wet bread crumbs.
Heat oil in a pan press the dough in irregular shapes and drop it into the oil.
In medium low flame deep fry in batches till golden brown and crisp on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper for excess oil to get absorbed.
Serve them at tea time.
Note:a) Make sure the dough is not too wet like the regular pakodas we make.They should be dry resembling like wet bread crumbs and you are able to shape it and they don't stick to your hand.This is the right consistency of the mixture.
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