These Mixed Vegetable Pakoras are an all-time favorite snack in India. There are endless variations of pakoras, which are also known as bhajias. Mixed vegetable pakoras as the name suggests are made with a variety of vegetables. Pakoras are great as an appetizer or snack for any type of the gathering. They are perfect for a rainy day, and even more delicious paired with a cup of hot spicy chai.
This Recipe will serve 6.
- 1 cup potato peeled and cut into very small pieces
- 1 cup cauliflower cut into very small pieces
- 1 cup packed spinach roughly chopped
- 1 cup cabbage thinly sliced
- 2 green chilies finely chopped adjust to taste
- 1-1/2 cups besan (gram flour)
- 3 teaspoons oil
- 1 tablespoon coriander coarsely ground (Dhania)
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds coarsely ground (saunf)
- 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- Oil to fry
- Combine all the dry ingredients, besan, coriander, fennel, red pepper, salt, and asafetida in a bowl. Mix it well.
- Add potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, and green chilies and oil into dry mix, mix it well keep aside for about ten minutes. When you are ready to fry pakoras if mix is too dry add as needed 1 or 2 spoons of water to make texture of soft dough.
- Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up and not change color instantly.
- Place about two tablespoons of mix holding with your fingers into the oil. Do not overlap the pakoras.
- Fry the pakoras in small batches; after you turn the pakoras one time press the pakoras lightly.
- This will take five to six minutes per batch. Fry the pakoras, turning occasionally, until both sides are golden brown.
- Repeat this process for the remaining batches.
- The crispy, delicious pakoras are now ready to serve.
If the oil is too hot the pakoras will not be crisp; if the oil is not hot enough, the pakoras will be greasy.
- The vegetable pakoras are best dipped in a mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or sprinkled with chat masala.
- Pakoras taste best when they are served hot.
- You can make the pakoras one day in advance, do not refrigerate. When ready to serve refry them in moderately hot oil.
- Leftover pakoras make good sandwiches.