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!