Well, its official, the monsoons are here. We woke up to perfect Pakora weather according to my husband.
The seasons first pakoras were fried today. I had bought Zucchini and Jalapenos the other day with something totally different in mind but something made me fry them into pakoras. Turned out it was an inspired idea. The veges cooked to steamy tenderness in their lightly spiced casings but I think I am going to do them somewhat differently next time.
Now I am not one for fried stuff and pakoras don't get me to excited but the monsoons certainly do get me craving for something spicy and I think I have found the perfect spicy thing to get me through this monsoon. I used today fry up as an occasion to open up a couple of bottles of chilli sauce I had picked up on a recent shopping trip.
Mama Africa's Zulu sauces in Red Chilli and Jabanero.
Their website describes the chilli sauce as "Made with a variety of fresh red chillis, fresh lemon & coriander. Definitely the slickest sauce in Africa."
Rated 6/10 in hotness it was spicy and just right for a chilli sauce.
But the Habanero sauce blew my mind!
Their website says the sauce is "Made with fresh Habanero chillis (officially the planet's hottest chilli). This sauce is subtle as a sledgehammer & is only recommended for the brave, the inspired, or the insane."
Well I am signing up for 'Chiliholics Anonymous' because I loved it! At first it has a fruity sour impact on the tongue and you are wondering why it's rated 10/10 in hotness. You haven't exactly finished the thought when SLAM! the heat hits you and you find out why. This stuff is hot! It's been two hours since I ate and I can still remember the flavour - in fact my mouth is watering.
In fact I loved it so much I am putting my money where my mouth is. I am giving away three bottles of the stuff this monsoon.
So heres the deal,
I am looking for some interesting pakora recipes to fry up this monsoons,
Send me your own, original recipe and photograph for Pakoras by pakoras I mean anything, tempura, fritters, pakoras - they should be anywhere between savoury to spicy (not sweet) and fried and I do need to be able to get the ingredients where I am to try making it myself. (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to check if you want).
The three best recipes will get a bottle each of Habanero sauce. (If the winning recipe comes from outside India, I will substitute the bottle of sauce with an Indian cookbook/food book of my choice.)
You can email recipes titled Hot and Spicy contest to email@example.com or post them on your blog and send me the link to the same address.
The deadline is 30th July and the winners will be announced by the 30 August. (I do need time to fry and try all those recipes no?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
More Pakoras - A story I did on pakoras from last year
I picked up my saues from Natures Basket, Powai. Here is the Official website for Mama Africa's Zulu sauces and I have to say I LOVED their website, its been done by a company called the Burning Duck dept.
The sauces are being imported into India by RR.Trading Co.