Pakori (Bhajia)

March 28th, 2011 by ruchi Leave a reply »

Pakori are the most popular snack in India. There is nothing like fresh, crisp and spicy pakori with green chutney when it’s raining outside. It’s so easy to make and I can bet you will find all the ingredients in any Indian kitchen at any time.

   

Pakori (Bhajia) Recipe

Pakori (Bhajia)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Difficulty: Easy
   
   
   
   
   

Ingredients

Besan 1 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Heeng (asafoetida powder) A pinch
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Water 5/8 cup
Vegetables (onion, potato, zucchini, spinach or anything you like) Half of each vegetable with a few spinach leaves
Green Chillies 2-3
Vegetable Oil For frying

Method

  1. Mix besan, salt, red chilli powder and heeng. Add water slowly and keep whisking to make a smooth batter.
  2. Peel the onion and wash it. Cut it into 2 mm thick slices.
  3. Peel the potato and wash it. Cut it into 2 mm thick slices.
  4. Wash zucchini and cut into 2 mm thick rings.
  5. Wash the whole spinach leaves and keep aside.
  6. Wash and chop green chillies. Keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot, test the oil. Drop a pea sized besan in the oil. If it browns immediately, the oil is too hot. If it settles down and does not sizzle, the oil is cold.
  8. Add green chillies to the batter. Dip onion (or potato or zucchini or spinach) slices in besan to coat them well and then slowly drop them in the hot oil. Keep rotating the pieces in oil using a metal skimmer. Fry till they are light brown and crisp.
  9. Remove them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Pakoris are ready.
  10. Repeat with rest of the vegetable slices. Serve them hot with green chutney.

Notes

  1. You can also sprinkle a little chat masala on pakoris to give them a little zing.
  2. You can dip the whole green chilli in besan and fry them to make extremely hot chilli pakori. Eggplant and paneer slices also make great pakoris.
  3. Pakoris are also known as Pakoras or Bhajias.

Pictures

Besan + water + spices

Besan + water + spices

Whisked besan and water

Whisked besan and water

Chopped vegetables

Chopped vegetables

Besan batter + onion rings + green chillies

Besan batter + onion rings + green chillies

Frying onion rings

Frying onion rings

Browning onion rings

Browning onion rings

Draining onion rings

Draining onion rings

Zucchini, potatoes and spinach in batter

Zucchini, potatoes and spinach in batter

Frying zucchini and spinach

Frying zucchini and spinach

Draining fried zucchini and spinach

Draining fried zucchini and spinach

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   By Ruchi Garg