Sunday, 9 December 2012


I had never heard of chick pea flour until coming across the recipe for pakoras. Chick pea flour is also known as gram flour, or besan flour. I bought it from my local supermarket and couldn't wait to give these a try :) 

I would love to hear feedback on how these pakoras have turned out, as I am not too sure if they are as pakoras should be. Below you will see a part which is 'additional for future pakoras', which is the section where I will add any comments you guys make to help improve this recipe for next time. I have been told so far pakoras need onions, so this is something to keep in mind for next time.
  • Skill level: Easy
  • Makes: Approximately 20 pakoras
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
What you will need:

310g gram flour, sifted
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground coriander
9 tbsp cold water, as needed
1 tsp green chillies, chopped
1 courgette, grated
3 carrots, grated
1 tsp baking powder
sunflower oil for frying

Additional for future pakoras:
1 onion, finely chopped

How to make:

1) Combine the flour, lemon juice, salt, turmeric, garam masala and coriander in a bowl and mix together well

2) Add five tbsp of cold water slowly to the mix, and beat until the mixture is smooth 

3) Add the chillies, courgette and carrots and continue to beat until well mixed. Slowly add a further 3 tbsp of cold water and mix well. The consistency should be like heavy cream, easily coating a spoon. Cover the batter and leave it to settle for 15 minutes

4) Beat the batter again, and add the baking powder, mixing well

5) Fry in hot sunflower oil on a medium heat, turning the pakoras using a slotted spoon, until golden brown on both sides

6) Remove and drain on kitchen paper, and serve immediately whilst they are still hot

Inside of a pakora

These actually tasted very good mashAllah....would go perfect served with a sauce of some sort, maybe a chutney or something. Definately making these again inshAllah...enjoy :)


  1. subhanAllah first lebanese making pakoras in the history of mankind! mashaaAllah tabarakAllah ;) can't wait to see biryani aka comfort food pics soon :p

    1. Lol i am not too sure if I am the first in the history of mankind, but definitely first in history of my family! :)
      InshAllah biryani is on the waiting list...will be coming up keep an eye out :)

      Do these pakoras look like they should? Any suggestions for improvement?

  2. they look great. but their taste is more important than their looks. so feed some brown people and get their feedback :p

    1. lol. Well them looking great is a start, thank you :)

  3. I am Pakistani (same one who commented on biryani)
    When making pakora use less flour. Add cut potatoes, green chilli, coriander powder, pomegranate seed, chilli powder, red chilli flakes, salt. Dont use too much flour or the pakora turns doughy.

    Use for good authentic indo pak recipes.

    Or use bajiascooking on youtube for a massive range of excelle t pakistani recipes

    1. Thank you so much!!! I really do appreciate your tips and comments. I should try another batch of pakoras to explore new and updated ways of making it. Thanks again :)