Pakoras a mouth-watering snack ideal in rainy season and is the main snack in aftaris. These are usually served as a snack or appetizer. This is mostly famous in countries like India and Pakistan. In Britain it is mostly famous as a fast food snack. Pakoras are known as asdhaltjies among Muslims Cape Malays of South Africa and these are commonly eaten as appetizer in iftar or in birthdays, weddings or in similar occasions. Pakoras can be made with any vegetable such as onion, eggplant, paneer, chili pepper, potato, cauliflower, spinach and tomato or can be made with chicken occasionally and it made by dipping it into a batter of gram flour and is deep fried.
Palak pokara and alu pakora are the most popular varieties of pakoras. Besides this in Pakistan it is also served in a yogurt based curry as main course known as pakora curry. In this curry pakoras are generally made of chopped potatoes, onions and chilies mixed in a mixture instead of frying vegetables separately. Pakoras are also in Afghan cuisines. In China pakoras are known as Pakoda. In Ramadan iftar table looks incomplete without this dish. It so delicious and crispy, that one cannot stay without eating it. It is very easy to prepare to make it the ingredients that are required are as following:
a). tbsp of Salt.
b). 2 tbsp of Corn Flour
c). ½ cup chopped Onion for 1/2 kg
d). ½ tsp of Turmeric Powder
e). 2 tbsp Gram Flour i.e. Basen
f). 1 Egg.
g). 500 kg boneless Chicken in cubes
h). 2 tbsp Plain Flour
i). 1 tsp chopped Red Chili
j). 1 tsp roasted chopped seeds of White Cumin
k). 1 tbsp chopped Coriander Leaves
l). 2-3 chopped Green Chilies
m). 1 tbsp of Coriander Seeds
n). 2 tbsp of Rice Flour
In a bowl put some gram flour, rice flour, corn flour and plain, then in the same mixture add chopped coriander seeds, salt, white cumin seeds, turmeric and chopped red chilies. Mix all these ingredients well then add egg in it and mix it well. In the last add chopped onions, green chilies and chopped coriander leaves and then mix these entire well. Then fry it in a little portion in a low flame.
Try this mouth watering recipe. Without pakoras Pakistanis cannot imagine to open their fast. It is a traditional junk food which everyone from young to old and all and sundry love to eat. These are delightful, appetizing and tempting. But some diet conscious people avoid eating it as it is quiet oily and heavy. Even though, Pakistanis love this traditional snack.
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