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Pakora Recipe: Indian Deep-Fried Vegetable Fritters With Spicy Tamarind Sauce
You’ve probably seen the picture of a plate of vegetable pakoras before – golden, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-in-the-center fritters with a tangy tamarind sauce. The only problem is, pakoras are usually made with potatoes, and they aren’t exactly paleo or keto.

But what if I told you that you could make pakoras at home, just like that restaurant, only healthier and with a slew of additional vegetable fillings?

Pakoras are essentially fritters made with gram flour or rice flour and spices. They’re deep-fried, like an empanada, and then served with a dipping sauce. The dipping sauce in the picture above is a spicy tamarind sauce, but you can serve your pakoras with any sauce that you like.

What Are Pakoras?
Pakoras are fritters made with gram (chickpea or garbanzo) flour and spices. They’re popular all over the Indian subcontinent and in some parts of the Middle East, where they’re called “pooris.” Many regional variations include the Bhutanese pakora, Gujarati pakora, and the Bengal pakora.

They’re easy to make, can be served as an appetizer or snack, and are especially good for entertaining because they can be made in large batches and frozen for later use.

How to Make Pakoras at Home
To make pakoras at home, you’ll need gram flour or rice flour, vegetable oil, turmeric, salt, and your favorite vegetables. Like many other recipes, the vegetables used are up to you – you can use any you like in pakoras.

To make the batter:

Mix together the flour and turmeric in a bowl.
Add the salt and mix well.
Add the water and mix until a batter is formed. The batter should be the thickness of an emulsion, not too thick, and not too runny.

For each batch of pakoras, you’ll need 3/4 cup gram flour or rice flour and 2 cups water. You can also use a blender to make the batter.

Easy Vegetable Fritters Recipe
This recipe is a simplified version of the pakoras you’ll find outside India. They’re easy to make and better for you than the deep-fried version.

Baked Pakoras
Baked pakoras are a healthier option than most fried foods. They’re a great snack or appetizer and are easy to make.

How to make masala Dosa Pakoras
A tangy tamarind dipping sauce usually accompanies masala dosa. Here’s a tip for how to turn that into pakoras.

Easy Vegetable Pakoras for an Appetizer or snack
These pakoras are great to snack on or serve as an appetizer. You can make a large batch and freeze them for later use.

Healthy Low-carb Keto Pakoras Recipe
This recipe uses cauliflower instead of potatoes, and no grains are used in the making of the pakoras. They’re healthy, low-carb, keto, and very easy to make.

Tips for Making Perfect Pakoras every time
Make the batter the night before and refrigerate it until ready to use. This will make the pakoras crispier.
Don’t overcrowd the pakora maker. Overcrowding can mess up the cooking process.
Don’t fill the oil more than two-thirds of the way up in the pakora maker. The pakoras may stick in the middle and not cook properly if you don’t.
Don’t clean the pakora maker until you’re ready to use it again. Leftover batter from the last batch should be discarded before using the pakora maker.
Make the tamarind dipping sauce the night before and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve it.
Easy Vegetable Fritters Recipe
These vegetable pakoras are delicious, served with a side of sour cream or Greek yogurt. You can also use the dipping sauce below to serve.

Healthy snacks
Some of the best low-carb snacks are veggies. They’re filling, healthy, and easy to make at home. You can enjoy guacamole dip, roasted veggies, fried eggplant, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, etc.

Healthy Low-carb Keto Pakoras Recipe
This recipe uses cauliflower instead of potatoes, and no grains are used to make the pakoras. They’re healthy, low-carb, keto, and very easy to make.

Pakoras are a delicious and popular Indian snack. They’re easy to make at home and perfect for entertaining.

You can use any vegetables you like in pakoras. They’re especially good served with sour cream or Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

If you’re looking for more Indian recipes, check out my collection of Indian recipes.

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