Considered a savoury comfort food by many, this popular snack is particularly enjoyed by Jarina Khatun, a member of the Char Borobila community who sent in this recipe!
- vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 yellow onion
- 20 fresh French beans(green beans)
- 20 stalks of asparagus
- 3 medium carrots
- 3 medium potatoes
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 cup glutinous white rice flour*
- 1 tsp salt
*Don’t be fooled! This rice doesn’t actually have gluten, but is a special variety found in most grocery stores.
- Prepare the ingredients by cutting the potatoes and carrots into small cubes and slicing the asparagus and French beans into 1 cm pieces. Roughly chop the spinach. Dice the onion and cilantro. In a separate bowl, mix all the spices and set aside.
- Steam the potatoes, carrots, asparagus, French beans, and spinach until soft but not completely cooked through.
- Combine steamed vegetables with cilantro, onion, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mixing with a large spoon, add 1⁄2 cup warm water and rice flour until a sticky batter forms that holds the vegetables together.
- Fill a small pot with oil to a depth of 2 in. Heat oil to 375F (or on medium-high until bubbles form around the end of a dry wooden spoon dipped into the oil).
- Use a large spoon to add a heaping spoonful of the vegetable batter to the hot oil. Fry each vegetable patty for about 60 seconds on each side, until it becomes reddish brown.
- Ladle the fried sobjir vora onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil. Serve hot with your favourite creamy or sweet-n-spicy dipping sauce.
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