Pakoras are nothing but fritters which are usually prepared using Chickpeas flour or Besan and Rice flour, shredded vegetables like Onions, Cabbage, Spinach etc., along with Chilli powder, and other spices and deep fried until golden. The recipe that I am sharing is an instant recipe which can be made in few minutes, really. Growing up, my mom always made 2 varieties of cabbage pakoras. She prepared the instant pakoras whenever we craved for it, and she made another recipe by soaking rice and toor dal for few hours and blend it to a coarse paste with dried red chillies and add crushed coriander seeds and deep fry. Both has its own unique taste. The coriander seeds definitely gives a nice flavor and taste in each bite. Below is the recipe.
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 medium onions chopped
1/3 cup rice flour
1/4 cup besan/chick peas flour
2 tsp red chilli powder or as per your desired spice level
salt to taste
2 tsp fresh coriander seeds, crushed
Cooking Oil for deep frying
1)In a mixing bowl, add the shredded cabbage, onions, salt and red chilli powder and mix everything together and set it aside for about 15 to minutes. This will help release all the excess water from the cabbage and onion which will help when adding the flour and mixing the batter)
2)Add rice flour and besan and mix well. The water released from the vegetables will be sufficient for the pakora batter which should be dry and thick and not watery.
3)Add crushed coriander seeds and mix again. Check the salt and spice level and adjust everything accordingly.
4)Make small balls and flatten it a bit and deep fry until golden brown.
Enjoy with a hot cup of tea!