Monsoon Spiced Vegetable Pakoras (crispy batter dumplings)

Raba NoorWeb Editor

17th Jul, 2021. 12:51 am
Monsoon recipe

Warm monsoon rains with their sultry aftermath were always a reason to cook up these crispy vegetable chickpea batter pakoras (crispy dumplings). The true essence of summer rains and homely comfort when washed down with a cup of Cardamom milky tea or ‘chai’. You can use any vegetable you like! Even cheese works! 


  • 100 grams chickpea flour / gram flour
  • 50 grams rice flour (not ground rice)
  • 1 teaspoon dry roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder / cayenne
  • Tap water to make the batter
  • Enough vegetable oil to fry the pakoras
  • slices of aubergines, halved
  • okra, sliced into 4 pieces horizontally
  • 1/2 a red onion, cut into thin rings
  • To garnish: 1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves 1 green chilli, sliced thinly 1 tsp chaat masala (optional, can be found in most South Asian shop, a tangy spice blend)


  • Whip up the batter ingredients into a thick batter by adding water slowly.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan (use as much as you like, I prefer to shallow fry). Keep the oil on medium heat.
  • Dip each slice of vegetable in the batter until coated evenly, dip into hot oil and fry either side until light brown.
  • Drain on kitchen paper and serve garnished with chopped mint leaves and sliced green chilli and chaat masala (You can also substitute chaat masala with a sprinkling of red chilli powder and ground cumin)

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