P-p-p-p-pick up a pakora. Easy to prepare and packed with veggie goodness.
Dr Saliha Mahmood Ahmed is a whizz in the kitchen – and not just because she’s a MasterChef UK champion. Together with a whirl of her trusty Bosch food processor, she shows us her vegetable pakora recipe that’s a quickfire way to fill festive faces fast. Perfect as an appetiser or snack at any party table.
Serves 4 generously
1 medium sized carrot
½ white onion
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 heaped tablespoons cornflour
3 heaped tablespoons gram flour
Juice ½ lemon (optional)
Few splashes of water
Vegetable oil for frying
Tamarind or mango chutney to serve
Using the grater function of the food processor, grate a medium sized carrot, half a white onion and the broccoli.
Empty the grated vegetables out into a mixing bowl and add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chilli powder and salt. Now add the cornflour, plain flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda to the vegetables and mix well. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and a splash of water to bring everything together to a better like consistency. Use your hands give the mixture a good squeeze to help it bind well.
Heat some vegetable oil to about 1cm depth in a non-stick frying pan. Keep the flame at a medium heat. Gently place spoonful’s of the pakora mixture into the hot oil. When one side is completely golden brown (around 2 minutes), turn to the other side, pressing gently to flatten slightly.
Continue frying in batches until you have used up all the mixture. Serve with any chutney of your choice, e.g. mango chutney or tamarind chutney.
There we have it. Proof that the best things really do come in small packages. If you’re looking for a cooler alternative to chutneys, or you want to offer vegan or gluten-free options, avocado dipping sauces made with coconut milk are a great shout. Be sure to follow @salihacooks on Instagram for more food inspo!
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