Pakoras are fried fritter snacks. They are quick, simple and easy to prepare .
Mirchi / Chili ka pakora is a spicy delicious & perfect treat with hot cup of tea .
The long green chillies are usually used for this pakora . I have stuffed the
chillies with mashed potatoes . Chilies can be stuffed with any other filling of your choice .
10 – 12 thick green chilies
2 Cups gram flour (besan)
1 Teaspoon red chili powder
½ Teaspoon carom seeds (Ajwaiin)
1 Teaspoon salt or to your taste
1 Cup of water or as needed
oil for frying
Ingredients for filling:
2 Large Boiled Potatoes OR 4 medium ( mashed )
1Teaspoon red chili powder
salt to taste
2 Teaspoons lemon juice ( you can even use dry Mango / Amchure Powder)
1 tsp garam masala powder Optional
2 tsp coriander powder optional
FOR THE STUFFING : Mix all the ingredients with boiled potatoes for the stuffing and keep aside ..
Mix the besan , red chilli powder, salt, ajwain in a mixing bowl.
Add one cup of water to this mixture to make a thick batter.
Wash and pat dry the chillies with a kitchen towel.
Make a slit in the chillies and take out the seeds with a scooper ( optional , I did not remove the seeds )
Fill the potato stuffing inside the slit chillies and keep aside .
Heat the oil for deep frying (on a medium flame) till it is almost smoking.
When the oil is ready for frying, dip one chilli in the gram flour batter to coat well on all sides. Put it into the oil and fry till golden all over flipping chilies in between . Remove and drain on paper towels. Fry remaining chillies in the same way.
Serve hot with chutneys & dips of your choice ..
If you do not want to stuff the chilies then just dip them in the batter ( without the stuffing ) and fry them, either way they are delicious.
Though, mashed potatoes is the most common filling in India, there are other fillings that can be used, like, paneer , cooked mince , cheese and even left over vegetables .
I even made some Stuffed bread pakoda with the left over potato filling .
I applied a teaspoon of the mint-coriander chutney evenly on the slice of bread , then took around 2 tbsp of the mashed potato mixture and applied it on the bread evenly , covered this potato stuffed slice with another slice.dipped in besan and deep fried. One can be innovative in making the filling.