Sana pakoras

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Besan (chick-pea flour)
2 tablespoons Chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon Dried pomegranate seeds (half-crushed)
1 Serrano chili; minced
1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Indian chili powder
¼ cup Water
1 cup Minced onion
⅔ cup Finely diced boiling potato
2 tablespoons Finely diced tomato
Vegetable oil

In a large bowl, mix together besan, cilantro, pomegranate seeds, chili, coriander seeds, salt and chili powder. Blend in enough water to make a thick batter. Stir in onion, potato and tomato.

In a deep fryer or heavy large saucepan, heat oil to 350 degrees F.

Fry heaping tablespoons of the batter in batches until golden, about 2 minutes. (Take care not to crowd the pakoras while cooking.) Remove from oil and drain pakoras on paper towels.

Increase oil temperature to 400 F. Refry pakoras until crisp and edges are brown, taking care not to crowd, about 1 minute. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead. Serve at room temperature or reheat in a 250 F oven. Serve with cilantro and mint chutney. Adapted from: Suneeta Vaswani's recipe in Bon Appetit (February 1987) Typed for you by Karen Mintzias Submitted By KAREN MINTZIAS On 02-17-95

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