By now you may have guessed that I am trying to introduce you to more South Indian home cooking. This is another popular homemade snack from Andhra. These are crunchy, gluten free and really very moreish even if I say so myself.

Apachulu (Andhra style rice crackers)


½ cup heaped rice flour plus more for dusting

2tsps channa dhal (split chick peas), soaked in water for ½ hour

1 heaped tsp cumin seeds

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In northern India, these onion dumplings are called pakoras and in the southern regions they are called pakodis. In my opinion, pakoras have softer centres whereas pakodis are really crispy. It is a popular street snack in the South, where there is a stall around every street corner and the tired workers are drowning their tiffin of pakodis with hot masala chai. The smell of these dumplings being fried is equally tempting!


1 cup besan or chick pea flour

¼ cup rice flour

300 grams onions, peeled and sliced finely

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