Vegetable Pakoras

Vegetable Pakoras

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:18

Also known as Vegetable Fritters.

Kids and adults alike love these. This recipe is based on the Indian Pakora, which is a fried vegetable fritter dish made with besan (chickpea) flour. When the fritters are cooked with this flour it adds flavour and crunchiness. They are ideally served with chutney.

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Quick Tip:

  • If you have a food processor, to save time, instead of grating the vegetables, put them all together and chop them up in the processor.
  • To make your own Besan flour, add dry chickpeas in small batches to a food processor, coffee grinder or blender and process until pulverized and smooth. Then run through a sieve to remove any large particles. Use as directed in the recipe.


  • Besan Flour – ¼ cup
  • Wholemeal Flour – 1 cup
  • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tspn
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Ghee or Olive Oil – appx 1 Tblspn – for shallow frying.
  • 4 cups of grated/finely chopped seasonal vegetables – a combination of any if the following depending what you have in the fridge: eg. Pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, red capsicum, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, leek, fennel.

How to Make:

1. In a medium bowl, mix the besan and wholemeal flour together. Stir in the coriander, turmeric, garam masala and salt.

2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix. Gradually pour in the water and mix to form a thick, smooth batter.

3. Add the grated vegetables into the flour mix and combine well.

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.