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Episode 6: Pakoras

Cuisine: Asian
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
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  • 3 Medium onions (sliced)
  • 3 Medium potatoes (cubed into small cubes)
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons green chili peppers (finely chopped, you can use less or more depending how spicy you want your pakoras)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon red chili (powdered)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 cup water (to achieve the right paste consistency you may use less or more flour depending on conditions like humidity,)
  • Vegetable Oil (dpending on your frying vessel you might need 3-4 cups)
  1. Add turmeric, red chili powder and salt to the chickpea flour and mix all the ingredients well.
  2. Start adding water to the chickpea flour mix, a little bit at a time while mixing well. Continue to add water until you achieve a paste that is slightly thicker in consistency than the pancake batter.
  3. Add sliced onion and potatoes. Mix to coat the potatoes and onions. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile you can preheat oil in the deep frying pan or other suitable vessel to about 350°F.
  4. Scoop spoonful of the mixture into the hot oil. The pakoras will drop to the bottom of your frying vessel but will slowly rise to the top. Keep frying until you golden brown. Make sure your oil is not too hot, otherwise you might end up with browned pakoras on the outside but with raw vegetables inside.
  5. Serve hot. You can serve them with ketchup or other suitable sauce.

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Fr Vlad

Fr. Vlad Zablotskyy is the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. He enjoys cooking, baking bread and gardening.

2 comments… add one
  • Reader Martin (UK) Nov 3, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Will you be publishing fasting recipes which not only do not include meat, but are also dairy and oil free? My wife has managed to produce some very interesting cakes using for example, prunes instead of ‘fat’ and liquor from oats and water to replace milk. Other suggestions would be very welcome here I’m sure.

    • Priest Vlad Zablotskyy Nov 4, 2013, 12:52 am

      Dear Reader Martin,

      We will be publishing some fasting recipes in the future. Many people have asked us for fasting recipes since we launched the show. We always looking for recipes that we would like to try. Would your wife be willing to share some recipes with us so we can try them on the show? She can submit her recipe at http://occs.peterandpauloca.com/submit-a-recipe/

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