Pakoras are a popular Indian snack that are made by deep-frying vegetables or meat that have been coated in a spiced gram flour batter. They are crispy, flavorful, and perfect for a rainy day or as an evening snack. Here is a detailed recipe for making delicious pakoras at home:
- 2 cups gram flour (besan)
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups sliced vegetables (onions, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, etc.)
- Oil for deep frying
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the gram flour, cumin seeds, coriander powder, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Gradually add water, a little at a time, and whisk until the batter is smooth and lump-free.
- Add the sliced vegetables to the batter and mix well, ensuring that each piece is coated evenly.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, use a tablespoon or your hands to drop small portions of the batter-coated vegetables into the oil.
- Fry the pakoras until they are golden brown and crispy, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.
- Remove the pakoras from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Serve the pakoras hot with mint chutney or tamarind chutney.
- You can also add spices like fennel seeds, cinnamon powder, or cloves powder to the batter to enhance the flavor.
- If the batter is too thin, add more gram flour. If it is too thick, add more water.
- You can experiment with different vegetables, such as spinach or cauliflower, for different flavors.
- The consistency of the batter should be thick enough to coat the vegetables but not too thick that it forms a lump.