Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Vegetable Pakoras

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Vegetable Pakoras. Pakoras are a classic street food snack from India and Pakistan. They are vegetarian as well, and are usually made along side Samosas, during the month of Ramadan.
I have made a delicious Pakora recipe before which was My Spicy Fish Pakoras. This is a similar recipe but uses vegetables instead.
The photos in this recipe are for a huge batch of pakoras but the recipe I have written will be enough to feed about 4-6 people, depending on how hungry they are.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Green Chillies
2. Onions
3. Potatoes
4. Fresh Coriander
5. Ground Coriander
6. Salt
7. Cumin Seeds
8. Red Chilli Powder
9. Gram Flour
10. Bicarbonate of Soda
11. Water
12. Vegetable Oil

Bismillah, let's begin!

Finely slice three green chillies, and place into a large mixing bowl.

Peel two onions and two potatoes, thinly slice them, and place into the mixing bowl.

Add a handful of chopped fresh coriander and two teaspoons salt.

Throw in four teaspoon ground coriander.

Throw in four teaspoon cumin seeds.

Add one teaspoon red chilli powder.

Next, take gram flour (besan).

Add 2 cups (16 ounces) of gram flour.

Add 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.

Mix everything well.

Add water until it turns to a thick batter and holds its shape when you pick up a teaspoon full.

Like this!

Deep fry teaspoon fulls of the mixture in medium hot oil.

Fry the pakoras until golden brown. This will take about 6-7 minutes.

Place the cooked pakoras onto paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Serve immediately while they are hot and crispy, with Green Yoghurt Chutney and Red Chutney.


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  1. Nice recipe. Was delicious. Thank you.

  2. salam aleykum I just found your blog and I'm in love with it, made those pakoras tonight, delicious, I love the way u put lots of photoes step by step as I am not a great cook it helps a lot, Barak Allahu fikum for sharing your knowlege

    1. Wa alaikumus salaam! I'm so glad you found the blog and made the pakoras. They are a real family favourite here. Let me know if you have any other requests! :)

  3. I really love your recipes can you do one for nihari?

    1. Thank you so much Seonaid! Nihari is definitely on the to-blog list! :)

  4. If I wanted a big batch of this.. Shall i just times all the ingredients by however much i need?

    1. Yes, but adjust the chillies and salt according to your own personal taste! :)

  5. Do you have to necessarily put bicarbonate of soda in as i dont have any in my cupboard

    1. You can leave it out if you don't have it. The pakoras just may not be as fluffy.

  6. could I use plain flour instead of gram flour? would there be a difference?

    1. It's better to use the gram flour. The plain flour would absorb too much oil and make the pakoras soggy. If you really want to use plain flour, try shallow-frying instead of deep-frying.

  7. Yummy. Jazak Allah khayran. In shaa Allah will make it today for my kids.

  8. Salams. Lovely receipe. If I want to do a double batch do I just double the ingredients? JazakAllah.

    1. Yes, double the recipe but add salt and chilli to taste.

  9. Assalamualaikum! Love your blog and the way you show your steps with pictures! The instructions are clear to follow as well! I was wondering can I make the mix a few hours ahead and then fry them right before iftar?

    1. So glad you like my blog layout. I wouldn't recommend doing that - I always find that the mixture can get too watery and loose if left too long before frying.

  10. Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sis
    Would this batter work easily with chicken breast pieces?

    JazakAllahu khayran

    1. Yes, chicken breast pieces would work well with this batter too.


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