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crispy mixed vegetable pakora served in a ceramic white plate
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Vegetable Pakora Recipe

Pakora is a classic Indian snacks recipe made of gram flour, vegetables and few spices. Crispy, flavorful and absolutely addictive with tea. These are traditionally fried but you can easily bake or even air fry them. Vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: pakora, vegetable pakora
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 676kcal
Author: Harini

Ingredients

Vegetables

  • 1/2 cup carrots chopped into batons
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped into strips
  • 1/2 cup cabbage chopped into strips
  • 5 baby corns chopped into batons
  • 1/4 cup methi leaves can also substitute with spinach
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 1 onion thinly sliced

Other Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour besan 1/2/ gram flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour or corn flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds ajwain seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

Preparing vegetables

  • Rinse, wipe and chop the vegetables and place in a large mixing bowl.
    chopped mixed vegetables
  • Sprinkle some salt all over the vegetables and mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes.
    salt sprinkled all over chopped vegetables
  • By doing this the vegetables will release some water.
    Salted vegetables that have released some water

Preparing pakoda mix with gram flour

  • Add 3/4 cup chickpea flour or besan, 1/4 cup rice flour, 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds, 1 teaspoon red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon salt to the veggies. Also add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder if you like. I did not add though.
    ingredients for pakora recipe
  • Mix very well without adding any water. The water released from the veggies is enough to bind. Make a thick pliable mixture. Finally add 1/2 teaspoon oil and mix.
    vegetable pakora mixture

Making vegetable pakora recipe

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy deep pan. I prefer to use cast iron pan for frying. Once the oil is hot (190 C/ 375 F) pinch small balls from the prepared mixture and slide in hot oil carefully. Maintain medium heat.
    frying pakora in hot oil
  • Let them fry for few seconds undisturbed. Then stir gently for even frying.
    making crispy pakoras at home
  • Once the fritters turn crispy and golden brown you can remove them from flame.
    crispy golden brown pakora getting fried
  • Remove the fried pakoras using a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen paper or towe
    draining excess oil from fried pakoras
  • Serve vegetable pakora hot. You can add few drops of lemon juice or serve pakoras with lemon wedges and raw onions if you like.
    easy crispy homemade vegetable pakora

Notes

Flours– While you can use only chickpea flour for this recipe, rice or corn flour makes them super crispy and retain the crispiness too. I highly recommend adding a bit of rice or corn flour here.
Make sure the gram flour is not rancid before mixing with vegetables. You can store gram flour in refrigerate or freezer to improve shelf life.
Vegetables– Always choose vegetables that have somewhat uniform cook time. Here I have choose quick cooking vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, onions. Chop the vegetables into uniform size for even frying.
If you want to make pakoras with potato, sweet potato or even beans, I suggest you make it a separate batch. Also slice those vegetables thinly. No need to par boil them though.

Nutrition

Serving: 3servings | Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 123g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2475mg | Potassium: 1559mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 13916IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 6mg