If you couldn’t already guess from all my posts on curry and biryani…I looove Indian food! So, today I tried making pakora (aka bhajia) for the first time! It’s a bit of a deviation from my usual recipes because this one actually uses some oil, but I figure it’s still better this way than the ones I get at restaurants…my justification (:
Here’s what I did:
Put the following ingredients in a big bowl.
- 2 cups chana flour (chickpea flour – you can find it at an Indian grocers, or in the international section of your regular shops)
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- some ground black pepper
- 1 tsp chili powder (amount varies depending on how hot your chili powder is…mine is quite mild)
…and some veggies:
- 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of cauliflower (finely diced)
- 1/8 cup chopped onions
- 1/8 cup greens (cilantro or basil works well)
I added just enough water to mix it all it into a thick paste (the consistency of muffin dough).
To cook it all up, I just pan fried scoops of it in a bit of oil.
Turned out amazing! I wasn’t sure if I could make these at home because I usually just get them at the local Indian restaurants, but these taste much better!