My Mother’s Day present this year was a “Veggie Bullet“, that can slice, chop, grate, shred and most importantly, “spiralise veggies”! I’ve been wanting a spiraliser for the longest time now, but everytime I got a manual one, something would be wrong, missing screws, broken blades, missing parts and more… Not anymore, so stay tuned for lots of spiraliser recipes, as I start my experiments 😊
For our first trial, after taking a family vote we decided to make Vegetable Pakora, the famous Indian fritters that everyone loves! These are a combination of shredded vegetables I had in the fridge consisting of cabbage, zucchini and white potatoes mixed with dry spices such as, green fennel, cumin, carom and coriander in a thick Besan and rice flour batter to bake in the Air Fryer. These crisp, gluten-free and hot Pakore didn’t last very long, paving the way to break out the Veggie Bullet again. There are heaps of you tube videos on how to use the Veggie Bullet that I’ve watched before taking the plunge! Now on to the Vegetable Pakora recipe,
Vegan, gluten free, onion and garlic free.
- 3/4 cup Besan/ Chickpea Flour
- 1/2 cup Rice Flour
- 1 teaspoon Carom Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds, lightly crushed
- 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kitchen King/ Garam Masala Powder
- 1 cup Grated Vegetables (Zucchini, Cabbage & Potato)
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Warm Water
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- Salt, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, add the flours, spices, oil, salt and 1/2 cup of water. Whisk well until smooth.
Fold in the grated veggies into the batter carefully. Add extra spoonfuls of water only if required, as the batter needs to be quite thick and the veggies give out moisture too!
I left my batter quite thick to scoop up by the spoonful and drop into the Airfryer basket to cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
If using an oven, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake for 20 to 25 minutes on a fan forced setting.
Serve warm with Tomato Chutney or Ketchup 😋
Many other veggies can also be used in this versatile baked pakora recipe, as long as the vegetables are grated or, chopped fine. Examples are, sweet potatoes, turnips, daikon, carrots and even onions to make the famous Onion Bhajji!