Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Fish Pakoras

Fish Pakoras

This is a fantastic indian snack that I first tried when I went to North India. Its pretty easy to make and tastes absolutely great. give it a go and let me know what you think.


1 large fillet white fish (cod, haddock or similar), cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups gram flour (chickpea flour)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tblsp lemon juice
1/2 cup warm water
2 green chillies, de-seeded, finely chopped
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
handful finely chopped coriander
1 tsp salt
Oil for deep frying


put the gram flour,bicarbonate of soda and water into bowl and mix, it should be a runny consistency, but if it is too runny it will not stick to the fish, if this is the case add more gram flour to thicken.

add the chillies, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander and salt and mix thoroughly.
add the lemon juice to the fish and coat throughly.
now add the fish to the batter mixture and make sure it coats the fish evenly.

to start with I only cook 1 pakora to check the seasoning is right in the mixture.
heat the oil in the wok/frying pan.
take a spoonful of the mixture and add it to the wok.
cook for about 3 - 4 mins, until the pakora is golden brown in colour.
remove and drain any excess oil on some kitchen paper.
taste the pakora and then adjust the seasoning if required and then start cooking the rest in batches of 5 - 6, being careful not to overfill the wok as this will reduce the temperature of the oil.

when pakoras are ready remove from oil and drain.

serve hot with my mint and mooli chutney or if you want to, ketchup.