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Crispy Vegetable Pakoras
June 20, 2006

This recipe was quite tasty and authentic. I've made it twice now with only a few minor adjustments: 1 tsp chili powder for a bit more spice, 1 tsp garlic powder instead of cloves, and a handful of freshly chopped coriander. If you like it really spicy, you can also add a green chili or two. For the first round, I used slightly less cauliflower and added 1 large potato (cubed) to the mix. For the second round, I used potato & brocoli. Both variations tasted great! I mixed everything together in the batter and then dropped spoonfuls of mixture into the oil. (Note: Pakora is usually a small cluster of fried veggies, but if they don't stick together, don't worry. It doesn't affect the taste at all!) My cook time was about 10-15 minutes per batch, but I don't use a deep-fryer, so perhaps the deep-fryer is a bit quicker. For a more traditional dipping sauce, try a mint chutney, but if you prefer to keep it simple, ranch dressing & ketchup work great too! These tasty little treats WILL disappear quickly, so doubling the recipe is a good idea! I made a single batch this evening, and hubby & I polished off the entire plate! Makes a great appetizer or snack food, and once you get the hang of it, you can whip this up in no time at all!

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