Patnam Pakodi ~ South Special for June

I had to miss last month’s ICC and the blogging marathon as lot of things were happening around. Work, IMC, our move and now my upcoming India trip so things are pretty crazy. I will be missing blogging marathon for next couple of months but I didn’t want to miss ICC for sure. Learning new recipe each month and reading about the background is  pretty exciting. This month recipe is one such great read. You can read about this challenge here. Basically you will be given with the recipe and its source and you need to try to post it on 15th of the month. So obviously this is not my recipe and the recipe source is here.


Seems like this pakoda is very popular street side food in Madras. I am still researching the reason behind the name of this recipe. Patnam  can be written is pattinam too. May be madrasappatinam or chennaipattinam pakodas became patnam pokodis?? Lets the leave the name and come back to the recipe. Its an interesting recipe with the addition of besan and Fried gram / Daliya / Pottu Kadalai powder. Never included these two ingredients for pakodas.


Here is the recipe.


  • Rice flour  – 1 cup
  • Fried gram / Daliya / Pottu Kadalai – 1/4 cup
  • Bengal gram flour / kadala mavu – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee  – 6 tsps
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped onions – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped cashew-nuts – 1 tbsp
  • Finely chopped cilantro – 1 tbsp
  • Finely chopped curry leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 2
  • Salt – 3/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsps
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Mix the ghee and baking soda in the mixing bowl and rub them nicely till turns frothy.


  • Now add all the other ingredients except oil n water. (of course all know ;-) )


  • Sprinkle little water and mix them well.


  • (In the recipe, they asked to make balls and fry them. I tried both balls and regular pokodas.)
  • In the mean while heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Slowly drop the pakodas slowly and fry in a medium heat till they turn in to golden .

That’s it. Yummy pakodas are ready. Serve hot with coconut chutney or ketchup.


23 thoughts on “Patnam Pakodi ~ South Special for June

  1. seenakoshy

    First time I am hearing about this snack Srividhya.. and these looks so delicious and crispy.. Will try to make it when time permits..

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  3. I’m not a fan of pakodas in general.. give me bajjis anyday. Potatoes, brinjal, chilli.. I love them all.. but simply fried bengal gram flour doesn’t usually appeal to me. Having said that, you made the pic look so tempting. I almost feel like picking one right now!

    Looks like this has been a busy time for you. When is your upcoming India trip?

  4. Srividhya, you are right, the name refers to be Tamil and Telugu words. Patnam means city in telugu and Patinam refers to the same..I had given the story behind the recipe..:)..looks like the pakodis have turned out great..glad you joined ..

    • Vidhya@VVK

      Yeah Valli saw that. Interesting to read about pre independence Madras state. Thanks for the recipe and share. :-)

  5. Lovely post. Would love to share a story about the name (my nannies version). Pattanam means town and those days only the affluent in town was able to afford this fries. Plus it is more of a street food.

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