Pakoras – Indian Vegetables Fritters

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Mixed Vegetable Pakora

Pakora (पकोड़ा) also called Pakoda, Pakodi, or Ponako, is a fried snack (fritter). Originally from India, it is found across the Indian subcontinent, especially in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Crispy chickpea-battered vegetable fritters are a popular street-food snack throughout India. This recipe calls for potatoes and onion, but cauliflower florets, eggplant slices, or plantains can also be used. Pair them with tangy tamarind chutney or herbaceous coconut-cilantro chutney for dipping.

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1 12 cups besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • potatoes, peeled and cut into 12” pieces
  • 12 small red onion, peeled and minced
  • Tamarind and coconut-cilantro chutneys, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat 2″ oil in a 6-qt. saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 300°.

  • Stir chickpea flour, cumin seeds, salt, and 1 cup water in a bowl into a smooth batter.

  • Stir potatoes and onion into the batter.

  • Working in batches, fry 2 tablespoon-size amounts potato mixture, turning as needed, until golden and crisp, 8–10 minutes.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer pakoras to paper towels to drain; season with salt.

  • Serve with chutneys on the side if you like.