Traditional Pakistani Fritters (Pakistani Pakoras)

 Did you ever hear about Fritters (pakoras)? If you ever visit Pakistan or follow Pakistani dishes, I am sure you must know about fritters. Pakistani pakora is a delicious street food snack. Pakistani people always enjoy their rainy days with this deep-fried snack. When the rainy season comes, the first thing that comes to their minds is pakoras with tea. There is another season when the whole nation enjoys fitters together; yes, it's the Holley Ramadan season. No iftar table competes without pakoras. People are addicted, and they always amuse their taste buds with a crispy, crunchy snack. 

There are several recipes, but you are in the right place if you want to know about the traditional way to enjoy Pakistani pakoras. I am going to share its traditional recipe with all of you. I learn the art of making real pakoras from my grandmother. She was a wise woman having magical taste in her hands.

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Some secrets of the Pakistani pakora

If you want a real traditional taste and texture, you need to follow some basic rules. Gram flour (besan) is the main ingredient of this delicious snack, so make sure that Gram flour should be fresh before preparation. Don't add more baking soda. Extra baking soda will end its crispy texture and make them puffy. Excess water for preparing its batter will also ruin its shape. Due to more water, fritters will be flat-shaped like gram flour potato chips. And gram flour chips and fritters are different. When frying, make sure the oil is at its proper temperature. Because fritters will soak oil if oil is not hot, try to add salt at the last stage because salt will extract water from vegetables and make the batter more thin and runny.

Ingredients for Fritters

·         Gram flour 1 cup.

·         Onion vertically sliced medium size   1

·         Potato vertically sliced 2 medium size

·         Spinach chopped  ½ cup

·         Salt to taste

·         Chopped Green chili 3-4

·         Crushed Red chili 1 teaspoon

·         Coriander ground 2 teaspoons

·         White Cumin 1 teaspoon

·         Spice mix powder 1 tablespoon

·         Fresh parsley chopped 2 tablespoon

·         Vegetable Oil for frying 2 cups 

·         Water ½ cup

Ingredients for sauce

·         Plain Yogurt 1 cup

·         Salt 1 teaspoon

·         Green chili paste ½ teaspoon

·         Parsley paste ½ teaspoon

·         Mint paste ½ 

How to prep fritters?

·         Please Take a bowl first; whisk gram flour; spice mix, coriander powder, cumin seeds, and red chili powder; mix them well. 

·         Now add chopped onion, potatoes, parsley, and salt; add water slowly

·         Use clean hands for making the batter; make a semi-solid batter

·          Please take a deep frying pan; pour oil into it

·         Put on medium flame

·         On the stove; turn on the medium  flame

·         Scope up about 1 tablespoon of batter and drop gently into the hot oil

·         Drop one by one; deep fry them until they turn into beautiful golden brown color

·         Drop fried pakoras on the grill; don't place them on each other

·         Flitters are ready;   serve with mint and yogurt sauce

How to prep fitters?

·         Beat yogurt with a hand beater or electric beater; make it smooth

·         Add salt, chili, parsley, and mint paste

·         Mix all ingredients properly

·         It is ready to serve with fitters

Instructions

·         Don't make the runny batter; please add water carefully

·         Don't fry in too hot oil; extra hot oil will burn the fitters from the outside and uncooked from inside

·         If oil is not correctly hot; it will make greasy fritters

·         If you have health issues, you can replace cooking oil with mustard oil

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