Mixed Vegetable Pakora

Pakora, an indian fritter made with chickpea flour (besan), is a quick and easy dinner, snack or side-dish. Pick up one of Timmy Perrilloux's giant cauliflower and some greens at market to prepare this exotic savory comfort food. Chick-pea flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour or besan, can be found at any well-stocked grocery story. Try dipping it in some of White Woods Farms bbq sauce!


  • 1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 12 ounces fresh spinach, washed
  • 1-1/2 cups diced potato (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 cup diced cauliflower (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 cup diced onion (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • salt
  • 3 cups corn oil


In a mixing bowl, combine besan, flour, coriander, basil, and cayenne. Add enough water to make a paste. Add baking soda, then add lemon juice and mix well. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine spinach, potato, cauliflower, onion, and jalapeño; mix together. Add chaat masala and salt. Add vegetables to batter and mix well. Form mixture into small balls.

Pour oil into a wok and heat to around 375 degrees. Carefully drop balls into hot oil and deep-fry until lightly browned.

Serve hot with chutney or ketchup. For an extra spicy taste, sprinkle with chaat masala.

Serves 8

Recipe compliments of  Har Keswani, Taj Mahal

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