Make these moreish deep fried courgette pakoras as a vegan snack or starter. Gently spiced, enjoy with your favourite mango or tamarind chutney
- Serves: 12 persons
- 2medium courgettes (about 500g), grated
- 1red onion, grated
- 175g gram (chickpea) flour
- 1red chilli, finely chopped
- 1tsp ground coriander
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 1tsp ginger
- ½small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
- sunflower oil, for deep-frying
- coriander, tamarind or mango chutney, to serve (optional)
Step 1Put all the ingredients, except the oil, in a bowl with ½ tsp salt, and squidge it all together using your hands. The moisture from the courgettes should help bind everything together; you want a sticky but not overly wet mixture.
Step 2Fill a heavy-based saucepan no more than a third full with oil and set over a medium heat until the oil reaches 180C. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, test it’s ready by dropping in a pinch of the pakora mixture. It should sizzle and turn golden brown after 10-20 seconds.
Step 3Carefully drop tablespoons of the mixture into the oil, using another tablespoon to help you slide them in. Fry for about 2 mins before turning and cooking for a further 2-3 mins until golden brown, crisp and cooked through. Continue frying in batches until all the mixture has been used up.
Step 4Leave to drain on kitchen paper. You can keep the cooked pakoras warm in a low oven while you make the rest. Serve immediately with your favourite chutney, if you like.