Pakoras are chick pea flour /gram flour fritters. Pakoras are traditional Indian/Pakistani finger food. Potatoes and onions are the basic ingredients along with gram flour, but other vegetables like spinach, brinjals or even cabbage and cauliflower may be used. These days pakoras are made with practically anything edible even chicken or fish and not to mention bread
Gram flour or chickpea flour is high in fiber and low in saturated fat and sodium. It's also low in cholesterol and high in protein. The nutty flavor from chickpea flour helps create tasty delicacies. Gram flour is also high in folate.
It is a norm in India to add ajwain to pakoras perhaps the reason might be because ajwain makes pakoras more digestible. In India/Pakistan, you may have seen street vendors selling pakoras with their big karahis.
Pakoras are served as a tea-time snack during parties or just to entertain friends. Steps in making pakoras involve preparing a batter and then deep frying. I just remember an Italian saying regarding fried food while writing this post it goes: "Il fritto è buono anche se sono ciabatte" ("Even slippers are tasty when fried")
Don't worry I am not going to fry a batch of slippers to testify for the above statement! But I do know that pakoras are damn good and that's why they are so popular. Now you must know the ingredients for making pakoras which are listed below:
1 1/2 cup gram flour
2 medium onions
3 medium potatoes
1-2 green chilies
1 tsp pomegranate seeds
1 tsp ajwain seeds (carom seeds)
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp red chili powder
Freshly chopped coriander3-4 stalks
Water as needed to make a medium thick batter
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Slice onions into thin slices, chop potatoes into small cubes, add the rest of ingredients make a batter by adding water. Add more gram flour if you find the batter too thin. The batter should be of a medium thick consistency.
Now heat oil in a karahi or pan wait for the oil to attain a perfect temperature for frying. A good method to test the oil is to drop a piece of bread cube into the oil, if the cube turns brown in 60 seconds, it means the oil is at the right temperature for fry
Fry by taking some batter into a spoon and dropping into the oil. Fry until golden brown. Serve with ketchup or mint chutney.