Indian snacks, oh my. This is my take on a snack from Bihar and Jharkhand. Tharuva, or Tharua, are vegetables that are crispy fried. Plantain is commonly cooked this way. However, I have made this with potato, beetroot, melons and pumpkin. Harder vegetables I slice very thinly. Others can be cut into strips or cubes.
The vegetables are mixed in a slightly wet mix of rice flour and spices, then shallow or deep fried. Salt can be sprinkled over before serving. You will love them and will find them quite addictive.
Tharuva – Crispy Fried Vegetables | Crispy Fried Potato Slices
Thinly slice 2 medium peeled potatoes.
Mix well in a bowl:
- 4 Tblspn rice flour
- 1 tspn each of coriander powder
- 1 tspn cumin powder
- 1 tspn chilli powder
- 0.25 tspn turmeric powder
- pinch of asafoetida
- sea salt to taste.
Mix the potato slices with the spice mixture, then gradually add water, 0.5 Tblspn at a time until the mixture is a paste that sticks well over the potato slices. Mix well again.
Heat 1 – 2 cm oil in a deep pan or kadhai and fry the slices, turning over as needed, until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper towel, sprinkle with a little more salt and/or chilli powder and serve.
I like to include some Indian mustard oil when frying.