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Nani's Vegetable Pakoras

I grew up on my mom's pakoras (basically a spiced indian fritter), they're the perfect crispy, savoury, little bite. In my mind they always seemed like such a complicated recipe but now that I'm older they're actually super easy to throw together. I was over at my mama's (nani) this weekend so it was necessary to make a batch with the pakora queen herself!

1 chopped onion

2-3 chopped potatoes

1 bell pepper

1/4 head of cauliflower

1 large handful of cilantro

1 1/2 large handfuls of spinach

1 tsp masala

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp dried fenugreek

3/4 - 1 tsp of salt

1 1/2 cups of chana flour (chickpea flour)

a dash of vinegar

a couple of squirts of ketchup

vegetable oil (to fry in)

Mix all the ingredients (except the chana flour) together until well blended. Then add in the flour and a little water (add bit by bit) until a medium consistency is reached. Basically you don't want it to be runny but you don't want it super sticky/thick. While mixing you can turn your oil to medium heat. If the oil is too high they'll burn and be raw in the middle. You want enough oil in your pot for a good deep fry.

Gently drop a large tablespoon of the batter into the oil (depending on the size of the pot you're using you can fry about 8 at a time) Gently move them around until fully golden brown, remove and voila! You can eat them plain or with ketchup, mint chutney...whatever you like!

Aunty Angie grew up on pakoras with me so she approves of these tasty fritters. Chickpeas/Chickpea flour is an excellent source of molybdenum (which is a trace mineral our bodies need to process sulfites - a preservative found in wine, deli meats & dried fruit). It's also a very good source of folic acid & fiber making it effective at regulating your blood sugar levels. They're also a great plant source of protein! Cumin aids in digestion & is a carminative which helps prevent and relieve gas. Cumin is also rich in antioxidants and fights free radicals in your body and is said to have anti-cancer properties. So although you may feel like you're indulging, you're still giving your body some great nutritional sources!

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