Phulaurah | Sikkim Buckwheat fritter

After a scrumptious Rajastani lunch, we are now going to visit Sikkim,also known as Shikim and Shu Khyim. This is the least populated state in India and the second smallest state after Goa.Sikkim is the only state to have Nepali ethnic majority.

Due to its location it has a varying climate and rich biodiversity and is one of the popular tourist spots in the country.

Like all other North Eastern states,the cuisine of Sikkim has the influence of the neighboring countries.In this case it is Nepal .Rice is the staple here.Noodle based soups, momos ,wontons are famous here along with the other dishes.20% of their diet is based on fermented foods and beverages.Meat and Dairy products are also consumed but its based on availability.

Wheat, finger millet, buckwheat,barley vegetables like potato,soy bean are cultivated here.

The recipe for the day is a simple snack made with buckwheat flour.

Behind the scene:

This is probably the second North Eastern state that I had no trouble getting recipes.[The first one was Manipur, remember].Though I found a number of doable recipes, I found this one to be different and was sure everyone would like to have it.

When I came back from China, I got back a pack of organic buckwheat and it was in the freezer waiting to be used.I had been saving it up for a nice recipe and hence used it up here.

As expected, everyone loved it. It is similar to our fritter but the taste of spring onions takes it to another level..

I used:
Adapted from hereEast Indian Recipes

Buckwheat flour- 1 cup
Spring onion greens-chopped from 5 stalks
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Baking powder- 1/8 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry

Heat oil for deep frying. In a bowl take the buckwheat flour and add all the other ingredients.
Add water to make a paste the is neither too thin or thick. Drop spoon fulls of batter into the hot oil and deep fry till golden brown.Remove with a slotted spoon and serve.

I served it with mint chutney and tomato sauce.

Tomorrow, we will be tasting the Tamilnadu cuisine. Please put on comfortable clothing and walking shoes, or some foot wear that you are comfortable to walk around in.Don't ask me why,okay. I won't tell you just yet.

And also I am serving some healthy breakfast fro you guys. So make sure you come on an empty stomach.See you tomorrow morning....

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