Aloo Pakoras

Aloo Pakora is a very popular Indian snack made of thinly sliced potatoes, coated with a spiced batter, and deep-fried until crispy.

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Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • 2 potatoes potatoes (sliced)
  • 6 tbsp Besan (gram flour)
  • pinch of salt about (¼ tsp)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • ¼ cup water
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 2-3 tsp fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

How to make Pakoras:

  1. Peal, wash and cut potatoes into thin slices.
  2. Sift besan flour in a large bowl and add ajwain, red chili powder, salt, baking powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, pomegranate seeds.
  3. Pour in the water and beat well to form a smooth batter.
  4. Add the cilantro and the potato slices to the mixture.
  5. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottom pan to 350-375 °F/180-190 °C.
  6. Remove battered potatoes wrom the batter with the tip of a fork, carefully shaking off any excess batter or using a slotted spoon. Put them into the hot oil, a few at a time and deep-fry, turning once. Fry pakoras till they are crisp and golden.
  7. Remove fried pakoras with a spatula with holes. Slots allow excess grease to drain.
  8. Place them on a kitchen paper towel so that extra oil is absorbed. Fry the pakoras in batches this way. Keep them aside.
  9. Place the pakoras on a large serving plate and garnish with a fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with coriander chutney and tamarind chutney.

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