Indian Pakora Recipe
Pakoras are a popular Indian snack that consist of deep fried fritters. They have gained popularity all over the world, especially across South Asia where they have been adapted to suit local tastes. In Britain, they are a popular fast food snack, often replacing french fries.
The fritters are made with a variety of ingredients that include onion, potato, bell-pepper, cauliflower, and chili that are dipped in spiced gram flour, then deep-fried until golden and crunchy. They are usually served with a spicy mint sauce called pudina chutney or sweet tamarind chutney. Paired with sweet, milky Indian spiced tea, pakoras make a delicious mid-day snack or light evening meal.
Pakora RecipeServes four
- ½ cup of chickpea or gram flour
- ¼ cup of water
- ½ tsp of turmeric powder
- ½ tsp of red chili powder
- 1 green chili (finely chopped)
- 1 medium sized onion (sliced length wise)
- Handful of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1½ cup oil for frying (safflower oil is preferable)
- Salt to taste
- Optional: Florets of cauliflower, broccoli, thin slices of potato, bell peppers and whole green or red chili peppers can be dipped in the batter and fried for variety.
- Mix chickpea flower, water, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt in a bowl until it is the consistency of pancake batter.
- Add chopped fresh cilantro, chopped onion, and green chili and mix until the onion is well coated with the batter.
- Cover and let the batter sit for half an hour.
- Heat oil in a small wok over medium hot and drop battered onions in the oil a spoonful at a time.
- Turn gently until the pakoras turn golden brown evenly.
- Scoop pakoras from the oil and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Serve hot with mint or tamarind chutney and Indian masala chai.
Leftover pakoras can be used to make a delicious sandwich. Butter two slices of bread, cram as many pakoras as you can between them, and devour!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gia Coelho was born in India and holds an MBA in Marketing. She lived in Toronto and has traveled extensively in India and Europe. She now lives outside Washington DC and pursues passions that include wildlife conservation, writing, culinary adventures, painting, and creating colorful Zentangle art that she sells on her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/giacoelho.