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Veggie Pakora

I love Veggie Pakora!  Whenever Adam and I went to the Mughal Gardens Restaurant in Baltimore (which was often), Veggie Pakora was the first thing that I ordered.  I’m not too sure which chutney I prefer with them… the tamarind or the cilantro so I provided both for you here.  I love both chutneys as well (notice a pattern).  Enjoy!

Ingredients…

  • 1 ¼ cup garbanzo flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup broccoli,  finely chopped
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini,  finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion,  finely chopped
  • 1-2 Jalapenos,  finely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro

Instructions…

In a large bowl combine flours, salt, spices and baking powder.  Add water to form a thick batter.  Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.

Next, mix in all the finely chopped vegetables making sure everything is evenly coated by the batter.

In a heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to 375 F.  Carefully spoon a tablespoon of batter into the heated oil.  Allow the pakoras to cook for a few minutes before turning; they should be golden brown on all sides.  Remove with a slotted spoon and allow pakoras to drain on a dish towel before serving.

Serve warm with tamarind chutney or cilantro-mint chutney.

Tamarind Chutney…
1    Cup tamarind pulp
2    Cups water
½   Cup brown sugar
1    Teaspoon ground cumin
½   Teaspoon salt
1    Teaspoon ground ginger
1    Teaspoon garam masala
½   Teaspoon cayenne powder (more or less to your taste)

In a small saucepan bring water and tamarind to a boil and let sit for 10 minutes.  Strain and process the tamarind in a sieve to remove all the pulp from the seeds.

In a separate pan toast the cumin, garam marsala and ginger until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add the tamarind pulp, sugar and salt and simmer for 10 minutes so the flavors combine. If the sauce is too thick thin it out with a few tablespoons of water.

Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.

Serve with pakora or samosa.

Cilantro-Mint Chutney…
1    Bunches cilantro
1    Bunches mint
1    Chopped jalapeno
¼   Inch ginger, peeled and chopped
Juice of ½ a lime
½   Teaspoon salt
1    Teaspoon cumin
1    Teaspoon sugar
¼   Cup water (optional)

Pick the mint leaves off the stems… there should be twice as much cilantro as mint.  Put the everything in the bowl, a food processor, or blender and puree until a thick paste paste is formed.  Use the water to control the desired consistency.

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