Ratalu Poori is a very flavorful yam fritter from the city of Surat, Gujrat.
Yes, We are at the alphabet R today and I am Exploring the Flavors of Surat. Surat is a city in West gujarat which is very popular for its textile market and diamonds . The city is about 6 hours from Ahemdabad but I have visited it only once , perhaps 20 years back ! Back then I did not have any street food, but Surati ‘s are very fond of food and their Undhiyu is popular all over the globe .
For today I have Ratalu Poori .Ratalu is purple yam . Read what wiki has to say about it “ Dioscorea alata, known as purple yam or many other names, is a species of yam, a tuberous root vegetable. “The tubers are usually vivid violet to bright lavender in colour, hence the common name, but they may sometimes be plain white , what I used had just a little bit of lavender , rest was all white . We call it Rataalu or Kand in Gujarat.
When I first read about Ratalu Poori , I thought it must be some puffed flatbread made with yam . I went on YouTube to watch the video , and I was amazed to see this pakora . Now Pakoras are very popular as street foods but what is special about these Ratalu Pooris ? First these yams are sliced horizontally , so you get a real long slice and the fried pakoras or fritters are nice and long , unusual for a pakora . The second specialty is that after dipping them into batter and before they are dunked into hot oil , we need to sprinkle coarsely ground coriander seeds and peppercorns . These stick to the batter and after the fritter is fried to a nice golden , it puffs up like a poori and makes it very airy and light. the coriander seeds and peppercorns taste absolutely amazing . I am sure the name Ratalu Poori must have come as this puffs up like a Poori . These pooris are served with Chutney .
When I made these fritters , it was a job slicing the Ratalu as it is quite sticky and it kept slipping off my hands . Finally I held the Ratalu with a napkin and then sliced it . The pakoras were a real treat and we all loved them . I am not a very big fan of yam but trust me these will amaze you . I am sure if we use some other root , they would taste equally amazing .
Ratalu ki Poori
250 gms purple yam
Oil for deep frying
1 cup chickpea flour
Salt to taste
1 tbsp hot oil
Pinch cooking soda
For sprinkling spice mix
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp peppercorns
Peel the Rataalu , wash and cut into slices.
Sprinkle salt .
Mix chickpea flour , salt , cooking soda and hot oil .
Gradually add water and make a medium consistency batter .
Dip the Rataalu slice into the batter , sprinkle spice mix on the top .
Deep fry till golden .
Enjoy with Chutney.
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