Spoonful of Chutney—Bombay Bar and Grill

By: Shreya Suresh

After what seemed like forever, this week there was finally rain in Sacramento! True to the stereotype of my people, I love the rains with all my heart and miss the Indian monsoon.

There are a few must-have Indian snacks when it’s raining outside, and most of them are best paired with hot chai (spiced tea with milk). So I went to Bombay Bar and Grill, in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, and ordered a box of paneer pakora to go.

Also called “pakoda” or “pakodi” in different parts of the country, pakoras are fried snacks dipped in chickpea batter. Most Indians like to fry vegetables in the batter, but some others also fry fruit or meat. The best variation of pakora, in my opinion, is paneer pakora. It’s made with cottage cheese, and is the perfect combination—crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

This fall, why don’t you add some hot Indian snacks to the chilly evenings?


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