Pakoras are deep-fried fritters generally prepared using gram flour (besan) with other additions such as onion, other vegetables, curry leaves, even garlic, spices etc – the possible combinations are numerous.
I had been wanting to make mixed veg pakoras for some time now. I would either end up using the vegetables to cook some other part of our meal or at appropriate times, would realize I needed other veggies unavailable in my fridge. I do avoid preparing deep fried snacks too often anyway. Finally made it over the weekend. Needless to say, it was a hit. Had to keep everyone off the yummy fritters, while I speedily completed taking pictures.
If prepared well, they can be absolutely delightful savory crunchy treats which no one can resist.
These fritters turn out crispy, crunchy – perfect for tea times or coffee times as the case might be. Can be quickly prepared during unexpected guest visits or just any time as you may wish, as long as you have the necessary vegetables.
2 medium sized, potatoes cooked and peeled
3/4 cup grated cabbage
3/4 cup grated carrot
3/4 cup cooked or frozen peas thawed
1 medium sized finely chopped onion
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1 finely chopped green chili (or as per taste/tolerance)
1 tsp finely shredded ginger
slightly less than 1 cup gram flour (besan)
2 tbsp corn flour
salt to taste
In a large bowl, mash the cooked and peeled potatoes.
Add the cooked peas. mash, mix very well.
Add other veggies such as chopped onion, shredded carrot, shredded cabbage as also corn flour, coriander leaves, green chili and the shredded ginger.
Add salt to taste, mix everything very well mashing well it in the process.
Begin adding gram flour small amounts at a time, whilst still mixing it well. continue this until you get a thick consistency batter. If necessary add small quantities of water such as a tbsp or 2. Since vegetables carry moisture not much water would be needed.
Heat oil in a deep pan. To check if it’s heated well. If you drop in a small portion of the batter in the oil, it should rise up immediately.
To check if it’s heated well if you drop in a small portion of the batter, it should rise up immediately.
Now using your hand, pick up small portions of the batter and drop them into the oil carefully. Do not over-crowd the pan.
Using a perforated ladle, gently turn the fritters over after about a minute. Cook. Keep turning them over until they turn deep golden brown.
Transfer to a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat the same with the rest of the batter.
Serve mixed veg pakoras with ketchup or mint / coriander chutney
enjoy with a hot cup of tea/coffee
Note: make sure the oil is hot enough, otherwise the fritters will absorb too much oil. do not over heat the oil either.
fry the pakoras at medium heat so that they cook well inside and outside and become crispy . is fried at high heat, they will brown up quickly and will not be crispy
you can add other vegetables of your choice.