Monday, September 28, 2009

Zucchini Pakoras (Fritters)

Another great way to use up extra zucchini!

These look entirely too much like batter-fried sea creatures, but I SWEAR they're entirely vegetable and very, very yummy!!! (Yes, they're FRIED, no wonder they're yummy, right?)

Adjust the spices if your family prefers things more mild or more spicy. These are a huge hit with my kids.

Zucchini Pakoras or Fritters

1 cup chickpea/garbanzo/besan flour (it's all the same thing)
1/8 tsp. (pinch) baking soda
pinch ground cumin
pinch ground coriander
pinch cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garam masala OR "Old Bay seasoning"(optional but so yummy!)
2 cloves garlic, crushed/pressed
3/4 cup water
3 cups oil for deep frying
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (or some carrot or cabbage is nice here too!)
1/4 cup grated onion

Sift the chickpea flour into a medium bowl. Mix in the baking soda, salt and spices.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Gradually pour the water into the well and mix to form a thick, smooth batter; it should be thicker than pancake batter.

In a medium-sized heavy saucepan, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Squeeze extra moisture out of shredded zucchini by wrapping it in a paper towel and wringing. Add shredded vegetables and garlic to batter and stir to coat. Spoon into hot oil by the scant Tablespoonful and fry in small batches until golden brown, about 2 - 4 minutes, turning to brown both sides.
Drain on paper towels before serving.


Rose said...

Haha i thought they looked like battered prawns when i first looked at the photo too.
They sound really good!


The Voracious Vegan said...

Oh I love pakoras! Anything fried is my favorite thing. Thanks for the recipe.

Sal said...

yum fried foodz! I wish i wasn't dieting!

Jen said...

i love pakoras so much i've considered naming my daughter pakora when she gets here in december. i kid, i kid. seriously i love me some pakoras though.

and thanks for the green tomato recipes. i've even dehydrated a few in my mega machine with pretty good results. i also have you to thank for that b/c of your awesome sun dried 'mater post.

keep musing us, please. xo

Bianca said...

Ha! They do look like little fried crabs. If only we could trick omnis like this!

Judy said...

They do look like sea creatures! But in a very cool way :D I LOVE zucchini, especially fried, so these have my mouth watering....

veganf said...

Oh gosh, MUST try these delicious little morsels! Thanks for adding another zucchini recipe to my ever-growing repertoire!