Pillowy aniseed Fennel Pakora embedded with pomegranate seeds, mango, cumin and lemony coriander.
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This dish will obliterate any belief that vegan food can’t taste this full of flavour.
- When you’re filing your nails and rather spend more time getting ready for the party you are hosting
- When you’re dishing the dirt on all those quips, you’re making at the public speaking event; a nice entree to slosh down your drink will do nicely
- When you’ve got a pre-drinks party before Pride march and need an appetiser to go with that Elderflower Champagne you’ve brewed
Fennel Pakora was inspired by my father who makes the best Indian food ever; full of flavour, richness and decadence but awesome too. My father makes the finest pakora laden with dried pomegranate seeds and mango powder. There is a certain finesse to making authentic pakora.
Pakora is a spiced fritter. It’s popular in fast food joints but what I love is its simplicity and unfathomable taste and self-indulgence. Ketchup, vegan mayonnaise, sweet chilli and raita yoghurt all go hand in hand – but these are just add ons. The star attraction is the Fennel Pakora which simple bathes in its own glory.
Fennel Pakora is vegan, gluten-free and Indian cuisine.
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- 1 large fennel bulb or 2 medium bulbs
- 400g garam/chick pea flour
- 200ml yoghurt
- 300ml filtered water
- ½ lemon, juice
- Few sprigs of coriander leaves
- 1tbs dried pomegranate seeds
- 1tsp fennel seeds
- 1tbs cumin seeds
- 2tbs mango powder
- 1tbs garlic powder
- 1tbs onion powder
- ½ tsp ginger powders
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Sunflower oil for frying
- Sieve the garam flour into a large mixing bowl.
- Grind the pomegranate, fennel and cumin seeds, salt and pepper and transfer to the mixing bowl. Add in the garlic, onion and ginger powders, and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.
- Use a mandolin or slicer to thinly slice the fennel and toss into the dry ingredients.
- Fold in the yoghurt. Then water and lemon juice. And, lastly add in chopped coriander leaves. Cover and set to one side for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large wok or deep fat fryer bring the oil to heat. Drop a spoonful of dough into the mixture. The first one is just an attempt to see how hot the oil is.
- Then drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil and batch fry the pakoras. Have kitchen paper covering a plate to catch any excess oil.
- Serve warm with raita, ketchup or anything that takes your fancy.
- You can cover and leave the batter in the fridge for a couple of days and use as needed.