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How to make pakoras

Updated on February 15, 2013

Step by Step Making Pakoras

Step one prepare diced potatoes and onions
Step one prepare diced potatoes and onions
Step Two add spices
Step Two add spices
Step Three add spinach (if using)
Step Three add spinach (if using)
Dried Pomegranate available from local East Indian specialist store
Dried Pomegranate available from local East Indian specialist store

What are Pakoras?

Pakoras are a deliciously naughty but nice East Indian vegetable dish that can be served for tea, as a side dish or as an appetizer. They are especially yummy served with a mint or mango chutney and or natural yogurt.

The batter quantity depends on how many vegetables you are cooking. Use a one cup to one cup ratio chickpea flour/buttermilk to increase. Increase spices accordingly.

Use a combination of different vegetables such as onions, sliced into rings, sliced potatoes,chopped spinach, cauliflower florets and sliced yams. We used spinach potato and onions.


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: serves 6-8 as an appetizer
Step Four add chickpea flour
Step Four add chickpea flour
Step Five add buttermilk (note  add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to milk let sit  for 5 mins and then whisk if you don't have buttermilk)
Step Five add buttermilk (note add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to milk let sit for 5 mins and then whisk if you don't have buttermilk)
Step Six mix milk and flour into batter and coat vegetables
Step Six mix milk and flour into batter and coat vegetables

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Ingredients

  • •1 cup Chickpea flour (chana)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp pomegraniae seeds
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 quart oil for deep frying
Step Seven heat oil in a heavy based pan
Step Seven heat oil in a heavy based pan
Step Eight place pieces in oil and fry.
Step Eight place pieces in oil and fry.

Directions

  1. Add the chopped vegetables into a large bowl. Add the spices.
  2. Add the chickpea flour, and buttermilk and with your hands mix to form a thick, smooth batter coating the vegetables.
  3. Over medium high heat in a large, heavy pan, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Taking handfuls - do not squeeze, drop them into the hot oil and fry them in small batches until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander or on paper towels before serving.
  5. Serve hot with mint or mango chutney. To reheat, place on a baking sheet in the oven.

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    • d.william profile image

      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      That's hilarious. I just checked out your hubs and found several recipes i will be trying soon.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I have several in a range of pretty colours:-)

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Sounds great, but only if i am allowed to wear rubber gloves.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Too funny d.william. If you ever fly past Canada I could always use a kitchen fairy here:-)

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Funny. I AM the kitchen fairy, and i still don't mix with my hands. L.O.L. It is grossly unsanitary.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      d.william - somehow I missed your comment. I hope you will try them perhas you have a kitchen fairy to help with the mixing:-)

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I have never heard of Pakoras before. I may give it a try, but not too keen on mixing with my hands.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      I hope you enjoy.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This sounds like a very interesting recipe. I have never eaten anything quite like it but it looks good. I am copying the recipe. Thanks.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks rjsadowski and Michele. You know I think when your friends see them they will be more than a little tempted. Enjoy!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      That looks wonderful. I love indian food. My family does not, but a friend who visits now and then does, so I would like to print this out and make it. Then we can eat it and they can order a pizza or something.

      Great hub.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      An intriging recipe. I will save it to try at a later date.