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Vegetable Pakora and Friends

I am blessed with knowing some of the most creative, intelligent, kind and fun people to be around in this world.  Before I left for India and since I returning to Seattle I have been surrounded by people wishing me a great send off and a warm welcome back.

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Perhaps the weather could be more accomodating.  But I will not split hairs with life – I will just garden, make tasty food and feed it to my friends.  One dish from my new Indian repitour I'm returning to already as an old familiar is vegetable pakora – little fried balls of chickpea flour, vegetables, and spice joy bringing smiles to the faces of wonderful people.

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Before you start make sure you have a wok or a sauce pan that will hold 3 cups or oil. 

Vegetable Pakora

In a seperate bowl mix the following:

2  Tbsp red chili powder

2 Tsp tumeric

2 Tbsp garam masala

2 Tsp salt

1 Tbsp anise seeds

2 Tsp cumin seeds

2 cups chickpea flour

Outside the bowl prepare the vegetables:

1/4 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup frozen peas

1/4 cup carrot, finely chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped

(you can use any combinatioon of vegetables up to 1 cup)

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Step 1:

Mix the flour and all spices together until they are thoroughly blended.

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Step 2:

Finely chop all of the vegetables and set aside.

Step 3:

Add the water and vegetables to the flour mixture and blend until everything is mixed and all of the flour is wet.

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Step 4:

Heat the oil in the wok or saucepan to medium.

Step 5:

Form the batter  into spoon sized balls and lightly drop into the hot oil.  Let each ball cook for 4 minutes or until lightly browned – turning in the oil to make sure that all sides are cooked.

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Step 6:

Remove from the oil, shake excess oil off and let sit on a paper towel to cool.  Eat warm alone or with dipping sauce of your choice.

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 Enjoy in the company of friends 🙂


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