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Mixed Vegetable Pakora

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Vegetable Pakoras

Vegetable Pakora with a cup of masala chai is comforting food on a pleasant winter evening. A vegan recipe that makes for a great party finger food. The standard Vegetable Pakora recipe calls for the use of mixed vegetables, chick pea flour and carom seeds. But I tend to tweak the recipe and add a few more spices to pep up the flavor.

In today’s Vegetable Pakora recipe, I used carrots, beans, cabbage and potatoes but you can also add raw plantain, eggplant, caulilfower and pumpkin. Make sure to use fresh firm vegetables. Chickpea flour and carom seeds are essential ingredients that make the pakoras visually appealing and appetizing. But do add an extra ingredient, dry fenugreek leaves aka kasoori methi to your pakora batter which will elevate the flavor of the pakoras by leaps and bounds. It adds depth of flavor and keeps you coming back for more.

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Mixed Vegetable Pakora Recipe

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Yield: 5
Main Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • Carrots: 1 (large, peel and cut into thick julienne)
  • French Beans: 8 (string and cut into 1 1/2" pieces)
  • Potato: 1 (large, peel and cut into thick julienne)
  • Cabbage: 1/4 head (cut into thick julienne)
  • Chickpea flour: 1 1/2 cups (sengapindi/besan)
  • Red chili powder: 3/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste: 1/4 tsp
  • Carom seeds: 3/4 tsp (ajwain/vaamu)
  • Hot oil: 2 tsps
  • Salt: to taste
  • Water: as required (approx 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water)
  • Oil: for deep frying

Method

  1. In a bowl, add the chickpea flour with salt, chili powder, ginger garlic paste, carom seeds and hot oil. Add the thick julienne mixed vegetables to this mixture and mix.
  2. Add little water and mix well that it coats the vegetables. Do not add too much water.
  3. Heat enough oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel. It should be piping hot. Do the sizzle test. (Drop a little chick pea batter into the hot oil, if it sizzles and comes to the surface of the vessel, then the oil is ready for deep frying).
  4. Carefully drop the chickpea flour coated julienne vegetables into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the vessel.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and deep fry till they turn golden brown.
  6. Use a ladle to turn them so that they cook all over.
  7. Once they turn golden brown, remove on to absorbent paper. Serve as evening snack over a hot cup of masala chai.

Tips

  • Adjust the quantity of chickpea flour according to the vegetables.
  • Add few tbsps water at a time while making the batter. It should be like a paste that coats the vegetables and not like a runny mixture.
  • You can add a pinch of roasted cumin powder.
  • Use curry leaves if you do not have kasoori methi. If you do not have both curry leaves and kasoori methi, omit them and follow rest of the recipe.

Vegetable Pakora with a cup of masala chai is comforting food on a pleasant winter evening. A vegan recipe that makes for a great party finger food. The standard Vegetable Pakora recipe calls for the use of mixed vegetables, chick pea flour and carom seeds.

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By • Dec 9th, 2011 • Category: All Recipes, Flour Recipes, Indian Snacks and Starter Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, North Indian Recipes

  • Pr117

    Sailugaru,
    Yammy. No need of onions for this recipe?

    • Anonymous

      Its optional.

    • Anonymous

      Its optional.

  • Hideepu99

    Wow it looks yummy………

  • Hideepu99

    Wow it looks yummy………

  • Hideepu99

    Wow it looks yummy………

  • Apee

    Great recipe. I think you mean “elevate” the flavour of pakoras.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Thanks for pointing out. :)

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Thanks for pointing out. :)

  • Cilantro

    Looks nice and crisp. I too posted Pakoda recipe today:)

  • Subhadra Ramji

    Awesome recipe…will surely try it…love the new look of your recipe page!

  • Subhadra Ramji

    Awesome recipe…will surely try it…love the new look of your recipe page!

  • Priya

    Feel like finishing that whole bowl,super crispy pakoras..

  • Guest

    I like your recipes and whenever I try something…I usually cross check with your blog ! :)
    Btw… for making Pakora…is it not necessary that…we add some rice flour too ! ? Coz all these day whenever I did …. I have added some Rice flour to coz…it gives some thickness to it right ! …. If you say …only besan will hold the vege’s then I have to try this for sure ! Can you please clarify that for me ! Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Yes, besan is good enough. No need for rice flour. If you want to add rice flour too, add 1-2 tbsps.

  • niru

    awesome awesome awesome….simply love the pakoras…

  • Krithika

    Love this template! Looks very organized and is definitely easier to follow!

  • Jonnavithulas

    Love the point wise presentation of the recipe in a template.Thanks a lot !

  • Jonnavithulas

    Love the point wise presentation of the recipe in a template.Thanks a lot !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D5MCC4RWSPOMCM5GPXARQDS7Y4 Aakash

    amazing dish!

    also check out my ‘maggi’ video :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW92hvBmXyQ

  • http://www.mjdelights.in Maria John

    Well explained..Thanks

  • http://www.mjdelights.in Maria John

    Well explained..Thanks

  • http://www.mjdelights.in Maria John

    Well explained..Thanks

  • Gita Gosavi

    ahaaa…luks so tempting Sailu…In dis cold…it would surely b a feast to the taste buds!! :) lovely pics…lovely recipe!! thanks!!

  • Ani

    Whats the alternative to Chickpea flour? My daughter is allergic to Besan..

  • Ani

    Whats the alternative to Chickpea flour? My daughter is allergic to Besan..

  • http://www.letmeclear.com/ Chiranjeev

    Well explained. Really looking lovely i’ll must try..

  • http://www.letmeclear.com/ Chiranjeev

    Well explained. Really looking lovely i’ll must try..

  • http://www.letmeclear.com/ Chiranjeev

    I love mixed vegetable pokara

  • http://www.letmeclear.com/ Chiranjeev

    I love mixed vegetable pokara

  • Dimple

    Hi sailu.. I made dis for my dad’s birthday.. Wow.. It was soo good…
    Love it.. Thanks a lot yaar..

  • Chefprav

    Thanks ….Sailu…eally Good
    I like the way you Briefed about the Recipe …
    regards
    Praveen
    chefprav@gmail.com

  • Manasa

    Awesome Sailu…thanks for sharing…was wondering what to make for evening snack on a cold kartheeka masam monday..this will be so good with chai after a whole day of fasting…

    thank you

  • Chandana Ch

    You saved my day…Thanks a ton… :)

    Chandana.

  • fatima

    can we boil the vegies first and then coat them with the batter?

  • girish

    say some other recipe please