June 05, 2013
Pakoda, Pakora or Pakodi is one popular snack that is liked by almost everybody especially during rainy season. It is also one of the most simple, easy to prepare and delicious snack that can be made in a jiffy and satisfy your palate. Indian pakoras/ pakodas or fritters can be eaten on its own or served with a variety of spicy, sweet and tangy chutneys like mint chutney, chaat green chutney, Chaat sweet tamarind chutney, sauce etc.
Pakodas are crispy crust encased with one veggie or a variety of vegetables or chunks of chicken or mushroom. Pakodas are often sold at every street corner food stall. These are amazing and exceptional snacks that is popularly eaten during monsoon with a hot cup of tea.
Below listed are some of my favourite and popular pakoda recipes:
Pakora/ Bajji is a simple dish prepared by dipping the sliced vegetable in a mildly spiced batter made of gram flour and deep fried until done and crispy.
Cabbage needs to be sliced into thin strips along with onions before combining in chick pea flour, rice flour, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and green chillies and deep fried to a golden brown colour. Serve warm with a hot cup of tea on a rainy day and you have a snack to provide comfort to your body and soul.
Onion Pakoda is a deep fried batter snack made of gram flour (besan), other spices and onions.
Moong Dal Pakoda
Moong dal pakoda made with moong dal is combined with spices, onions, green chillies, fresh herbs, mixed together and deep fried to make lentil based fritters.
Crispy Spinach Fry palak Pakoda
Crispy spinach fry/ Palak Pakoda is a delicious and crispy fritters prepared with spinach leaves coated with spicy chick pea flour.
Potato Fritters Aloo Bajji Pakora
Potato fritters are crispy and luscious snack made with sliced potatoes coated with spicy chick pea flour batter and deep fried until golden in colour.
Pakora – Raw Jackfruit Fritters
Raw or Young Jackfruit as the name suggests is a smaller version of ripe jackfruit. It is called as ‘Kadgi/Chakko’ in Konkani and widely used in Konkani cooking. The raw jackfruit has mild flavour. Raw jackfruit is best for preparing dry curries or pakoras.
Snake Gourd Fritters Padwal Pakoda
Snake gourd is a great vegetable and perfectly suitable for making pakoras and a must try for rainy days.
Mahi pakoda/ fish pakora is made with boneless fish fillets thinly sliced, marinated in a wet batter of gram flour and spices and deep fried till cooked until done and crispy.
Masala Chicken Nuggets Chicken Pakoda
Chicken Pakodas are yummy and delicious appetizers or snacks made with succulent chicken pieces and spices combined together and coated with a spicy batter deep fried to make exotic and exceptionally tasty pakodas.
Fried Boiled Eggs Egg Pakora
Bread discs topped with spicy potato mixture sprinkled with sesame seeds and deep fried till perfection. Chicken gold coin is a Chinese style gold coin made with chicken. This yummy lip smacking gold coin waters your mouth and it is a perfect snack for a party.
Crispy Papad Pakoda
Crispy papad pakoda, made with leftover papad sprinkled with some chickpea flour and deep fried. Tastes extremely well with curd rice!
Paneer Pasanda Pakoda
Paneer mixed with chickpea flour and spices and make into excellent pakodas and deep fried.
Sandwich Paneer Pakoda
A popular variation of paneer pakora is to sandwich two pieces of paneer with green chutney before dipping them in the pakora batter.
Mix Vegetable Pakora
Vegetable Pakora recipe is an easy to make Indian starter prepared with mixed vegetables, chickpea flour and carom seeds. Goes as evening snacks.