Yay, its fry-day!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Disclaimer: Before you proceed reading, just know that this story is all about going ‘rogue’ on your diet! Because a lot of good things in life either have chocolate in them or are fried!!!

Fried foods are something one can never get enough of!  Garma garam kachoris, samosas and pakode, definitely top the list of favourite foods and let’s just be honest about the fact that we all crave for these once in a while. Although, this lot is quite badnam for being an unhealthy one (you were warned before!), still, it’s absolutely ok to indulge in these once in a while. There’s absolutely no harm if you know what to do to deal with those extra calories!

Thus, this guide (majorly for deep-frying!) will make it all easy for you to get going on your frying feels, in the best possible way.

  1. You have to choose the right oil, generally, the one with a neutral flavour is preferred.
  2. Make sure you heat the oil for frying at just the right temperature; neither too hot, nor to cold.
  3. When you are soaking something in water before frying, make sure you completely drain off the excess water from it.
  4. Make sure you are not frying too many pieces at once. If you overcrowd the pan, the temperature of the pan is not maintained which results in the ingredients being half-cooked. 
  5. The best technique to check the oil temperature is to take a small testing portion and drop it in the oil, if the batter comes up immediately that means the oil is heated and if not then it needs to be hotter.
  6. You have to make sure that whatever you’re frying is  properly crumbed  and dipped in a slurry nicely.  Also, dust off the excess crumbs from the food so that it does not disintegrate in the pan.
  7. When you have to fry more than just one batch, make sure you keep clearing the oil. 


Time to get frying in the kitchen. Here are some fab recipes for that fried food frenzy! 

Crispy Chicken Legs

We’re sure all the chicken lovers are already drooling. Chicken legs are the ultimate indulgence for everyone who is a fan of deep-fried food. Why would you go out to satiate your crispy chicken cravings, when we just got you the perfect recipe?


Keema Kachori

Nothing in this world is better than a cuppa of masaledar chai and garma-garam kachoris. Here’s a keema therapy for you, where the kachoris are stuffed with spicy keema mixture and are deep-fried to perfection. Evening snacking seems sorted, isn’t it?


Fried Cheese Sandwich

Cheese and fries, isn’t it already extraordinary? Though, a calorie bomb, but worth an indulgence, for those special ‘crave attack’ times! Bread slices overloaded with cheese, crumb-fried and served with a spicy jalapeno mayo. Not asking you to keep your hands off these! Go on, binge!


Malai Paneer Samosa

A fried food list would be absolutely incomplete without a samosa recipe. But, this is not just a regular samosa, it’s a special, malaidar paneer samosa which is all set to be your next favourite thing. Don’t believe? Try it today!


Methi Palak ke Pakode

Here’s a special pakoda recipe which is going to leave you wanting for more. Moong Dal (Split skinless green gram) spinach mixed with some lovely masalas and deep-fried till crisp. Such an easy and quick way to satiate your random cravings.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.