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Here’s a simple and versatile pakora recipe that you can try at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour (optional, for added crispiness)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (as needed, to make a thick batter)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Assorted vegetables (such as onion slices, potato slices, cauliflower florets, spinach leaves, or any other vegetables of your choice)

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour, rice flour (if using), ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin seeds, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Gradually add water to the mixture, whisking continuously, until you achieve a thick batter consistency. Ensure there are no lumps in the batter.
  3. Heat oil in a deep frying pan or kadai on medium heat.
  4. Dip the vegetable slices or florets into the batter, ensuring they are well coated.
  5. Gently drop the coated vegetables into the hot oil, frying them in small batches. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  6. Fry the pakoras until they turn golden brown and crispy, flipping them occasionally for even cooking. This usually takes about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, remove the pakoras from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a kitchen paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  8. Repeat the process with the remaining vegetables and batter.
  9. Serve the pakoras hot with your favorite chutney, such as mint-coriander chutney or tamarind chutney. They are also delicious on their own.

Note: Feel free to experiment with different vegetables or even add paneer (Indian cottage cheese) or chicken pieces to the batter for variation.

Enjoy the crispy and flavorful pakoras as a delightful snack or appetizer with a cup of tea or as part of a larger meal.

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