Vegetable pakora along with hot tea was our rainy day treat today. As soon as I spotted dark clouds in the sky, I started mixing my batter as I knew that demand for pakoras will soon be there and how right I was!
Recipe of mixed vegetable pakora
1 cup besan (gram flour)
3/4 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 potato- round thin slices
2 onions- chopped or cut into rings
1 small cauliflower- cut into florets
1/2 tsp red chilli powder or 2 green chillies- chopped
3/4 tsp pav bhaji masala
Oil to deep fry
1. Pass the besan through a sieve so that there are no lumps. Add salt, red chilli powder or green chillies and pav bhaji masala.
2. Slowly add water to the besan mixing by other hand so as to prevent lumps formation. Beat the batter well (you can use a blender) so as to incorporate air and pakora turn out fluffier.
3. Heat oil in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and when the oil is hot enough, turn the heat to medium. Dip the vegetables in the batter and gently drop in the hot oil. Fry from both sides till pakora turn golden brown. Drain by using a slotted spoon (pauni/ chhari) on an absorbent paper. Fry in batches. Serve hot vegetable pakora with coriander chutney or tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.
Note- pakoras will be fried on medium heat. If the heat is high, they will remain uncooked at the center especially gobi pakora.