Crisp golden potato and onion bites cooked with a selection of spices in a gram flour batter which are deep fried.

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This is the basic pakora recipe which is a great place to start – remember to season to your taste with as much or as little spice as you like.

Ingredients
100g gram flour, sieved
1 medium onion
3 medium potatoes
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp of turmeric
2 chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger, grated (optional)
Handful of coriander, chopped
2 tsp of dried fenugreek leaves
1 tsp of cumin seeds
½ tsp of red chilli powder
Water
Oil for deep frying

Method
Heat up the oil in a karahi or wok to a medium heat.
Slice the onion lengthways very thinly and place in a bowl.
Peel and grate (or very finely chop) the potatoes into the same bowl. You can also use aubergines and cauliflower – chop into very small pieces.
Sprinkle all the dry spices and freshly chopped coriander, chillies and ginger into the bowl and then sieve in the gram flour – mix together using your hand.
Add a small amount of water a little at a time to create a thick batter that coats all the vegetables. Squeeze the mixture through your fingers to ensure all the spices mix through. Do not leave the batter and vegetable mixture for too long before cooking.
Test your oil is hot enough by dropping a little batter into the oil. If it browns and rises immediately then it is ready. Very carefully drop in spoonfuls of the mixture into the oil and fry until golden brown.
Using a slotted spoon move the pakora around, be careful not to overcrowd the karahi.
Once golden brown and crisp remove from the oil and set on some kitchen paper.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I was wondering if I could substitute fenugreek seeds for the leaves? And ground cumin powder instead of seed?

  2. I've got to say, I made it according to your recipe and it DELICIOUS. I enjoyed every bite. Probably the beste recipe I've used for cooking. But I do have a question(hope you'll respond). Is it possible to make the batter a few hours before frying, if it is possible even in the morning so I can fry it in the evening. I'm gonna make this more often at parties and for random guests, but I want to serve the pakoras fresh out of the pan.
    Can't wait to make it next time. I just love Indian spices, always brings me back to my roots. You've got a new subscriber!

  3. Beautiful. I was looking for a good recipe and this was perfect. I followed it to the t and pakoras turned out lovely and golden. I took them to work and everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

  4. My friends mum cooked some of these with some chicken biryani and it was absolute heaven😍 so I had to come and see how to make them for myself. Thank you for this great video! I can’t wait to try this out!

  5. Thank you for this fabulous recipe! A few days ago I developed a real craving for some Indian taste and as I have fresh vegetables from my garden I thought why not pakora. Something simple, easy and quick. I have to tell you this: I just finished a batch of pakora following your recipe (although I added other vegetables like grated carrot) and I will not be going to a takeout any time soon. The combination of spices and the way you suggested to coat the vegetables with the gram flour resulted in some exquisite snack. Thank you so much! i will make sure i will try other recipes as well!

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