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Indian Vegetarian Recipes : Mixed Vegetable Pakoras
Harish Johari
Seema Johari
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Mixed vegetable Pakoras Recipe


 
 
 
 

Serves 4 to 6

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For this vegetable pakoras recipe you need

2 cups chick-pea flour
1 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano seeds
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon asafetida powder
1 teaspoon crushed dried fenugreek ( methi ) leaves ( optional ), soaked*
½ cup ghee or vegetable oil for shallow-frying

1 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh spinach

*Note: Dried fenugreek leaves should be soaked in water for 5 minutes and then stirred with the fingertips. The dust that settles to the bottom is not good to digest and should be discarded.

Vegetable Pakoras Recipe

Sift the chick-pea flour into a bowl and add the water, a little at a time, until a paste forms.

Add all of the spices and whip the paste with an egg beater or in a blender.

Drop a small amount of the mixture into a cup of water.

If the paste floats, it is ready to cook.

In a heavy pan or wok, heat the ghee over medium heat.

When the ghee is hot but not smoking, dip the vegetables, one piece at a time, into the chickpea paste ( make sure vegetables are completely covered by the paste ) and place into the hot ghee.

Stir constantly until well cooked and golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the pakora on paper towels.

Continue dipping and frying until all the vegetables are cooked.

Background information on this vegetable pakoras recipe

Pakoras are batter-coated deep-fried vegetables often served as a snack with chutney or saunth, and lemon juice or vinegar. They increase acidity and should be eaten in moderation. ( Because they are very tasty, it is always tempting to eat too many. )

Serve with vinegar pickle, lemon, chutney, or saunth.

 
 
 
 
 
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