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Vegetable Bhajiya / Pakora is something I remember eating always while growing up. I used to eagerly wait for my maa to make them and bring those hot fritters to the table with some chai on weekends. And I could never wait for them to be all ready but grab one or two just when they were out of the pan (sometimes burning my mouth too :P)

Pakora is something again very integral to Indian cuisine (no matter which part of the country you belong to). It is made of different vegetables (mixed or just the vegetable dipped in gram flour batter). I remember my maa making pakoras of just eggplant (sliced into thin slices), potatoes, onions, pumpkin etc. But you can make it with a bunch of vegetables and just imagine munching on these beauties while on a cold, rainy day with a cup of hot chocolate milk or tea.

Now that I have an imagery in your mind, why not try the recipe below and give me a shout out if you do 🙂

 

 

Pakoras or Bhajjiyas are known for being the best vegan, guilt ridden snacks because they really need a lot of oil to be fried. But last week I tried this new recipe on my Princess Home Air Fryer and it was just amazing. I had more than 10 pakoras made with just 1.5 tbsp of oil. And before you think if they were crispy like the original ones – hell yes, they were crispy AF!

Recipe for this variation – Pre-heat the air fryer for 5 mins at 180C and then add the gram flour dipped vegetable – I used mixed vegetables (onion, cabbage, grated carrot, boiled potatoes, cauliflower) for this recipe. The batter was made a little extra dense as it is tough to air fry otherwise. Brushed the airfryer tray with some oil and then added the pakoras and sprayed some oil on top of that. Air fryed them for total of 18 mins with ocassional turning after 10 mins, to cook on all sides. Serve them hot with green chutney or tamarind chutney. They turned out bomb!

 

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Vegetable Bhajji / Pakora Yum
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add all the ingredients except the water and oil. Add water slowly as you mix the batter together. Mixing everything with hands makes them more home made 🙂
  2. The batter needs to be thick such that you can add the portions of the mixture to the pan with your hands (without a spoon) and fry it into small fritters.
  3. In a heavy pan/or frituur pan, add oil (enough for deep frying) and bring it to a high temperature. To check if the oil is ready, you can even add a drop of the batter in the oil. If the batter immediately comes to the top, the oil is ready. You can use your hands to make small balls or dumplings to add it to the oil.
  4. Fry it for 3-4 mins on each side on medium flame. If the flame is too high the pakoras would burn on the outside but won't cook on the inside. Medium flame will let that happen and the end result will be crispy pakora. Serve this warm with some green chutney.
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1 Comment

Mirchi Bhajji (Stuffed Chilli Pakoras) : Spice Trip with Paulami · March 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm

[…] Mirchi stands for green chilli and Bhajji is like a fritter made with a number of vegetables coated in chickpea flour and deep fried. You can find a recipe of Vegetable pakora/Bhajji here – https://spicetrip.nl/vegetable-bhajiya-pakora/ […]

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