Mixed Veggie Pakoras

Today I am sharing a delicious mixed veggie pakora recipe. Pakoras are fried, savory, crispy fritters. Sound yummy, right? You can prepare them in a variety of different ways. They are traditionally made with gram flour so naturally gluten free. I will be sharing some of my favorite takes of these here on my blog.

You first start off with the basic batter. This consists of gram flour, different spices, and water. If you need to adjust the spice level, you can add in or take out some of the spices easily. In this batter, the spiciness is from the red chili flakes and red chili powder. So adjust according to your preference or simply leave out. After you mix the basic batter, then this is where you can have fun. You can get creative by adding in your choice of vegetables. Almost any veggie would be great in this. In this recipe, I am using a variety of veggies that I prefer. In some other recipes, coming later, I will share some additional ways you can try out these pakoras.

After all the veggies are mixed in, you simply need to deep fry these in oil. These make a wonderful treat during Ramadan, but are great any time of the year. You can serve these crispy fritters with ketchup or mint chutney. What vegetables would you like to try for this? Let me know in the comments below!

Directions

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  1. Sift the gram flour, salt, baking powder, and all the spices into a bowl so that no clumps form. Add in the chopped green chili peppers, onions, potato, tomato, fenugreek, green onions, and fresh cilantro.
  2. Stir in enough water to make a thick batter so that the flour mixture can coat all the vegetables. TIP: Your batter should be slightly thicker than pancake batter.
  3. Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat and drop the batter into the hot oil by spoonful. TIP: You can use a 1/4 measuring cup for easy pouring as well depending on how big you want your pakoras to be.
  5. Deep fry the pakoras until they are crisp and golden on all sides. Once they are golden on one side, flip over so the pakoras can fry on the other side.
  6. Once golden on all sides, remove the pakoras from the pan using a slotted spoon and transfer onto paper towels so that excess oil can drain off. Keep the pakoras warm and serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces, ketchup, or mint chutney.

Storage: You can store the pakoras in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but best when served hot and fresh! You can reheat them in the microwave or in a toaster oven.