Are you ready for a snack? Okra and Cauliflower Pakora (Pakoda) will satisfy your deepest longings. Tossed in some chickpea flour batter, with rice flour for crispness, these little beauties are beautiful dunked into some green chutney and eaten on a sunny afternoon, sitting under a tree.
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Okra and Cauliflower Pakora
ghee or vegetable oil for deep frying
300g small, young okra
200g chickpea flour
50g rice flour
1 tspn cumin powder
0.5 tspn turmeric powder
0.5 tspn Indian chilli powder
0.5 tspn ajwain seeds
0.5 tspn bicarb soda
1 tspn salt
375ml cold water
to serve – make your own chutney or purchase from your Indian grocery
Coriander and Mint Chutney
To make the batter, mix all of the ingredients to a smooth batter. Cover and stand at room temperature for 15 mins or up to 4 hours.
Trim the okra and split in halves lengthwise. If they are not small okra, cut them crosswise into small pieces. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
Heat your oil in a large pan, no more than 1/3 full. Mix the okra with 1/3 of the batter, and toss the cauliflower in the remaining batter.
Fry the vegetables separately in small batches for 1 – 2 minutes each until golden. Drain on paper towels.
Season with salt and serve hot with chutneys.
recipe notes and alternatives
I love to add onion rings or half rings too.
Broccoli, baby eggplant and beans can also be used – chop to appropriate sizes.