I adore Indian food and it has to be right up there with my favourite foods!
Indian foods can be really great for gluten free diets as they use lots of alternative flours like chickpea flour (gram flour) and potato flour. I love a good mooch around an Indian supermarket to see what i can find and exploring all the different spices and pastes and finding things im not quite sure of, i wish i could have a guide to take me round and show me how to use these things!.
These vegetables pakora’s I’ve adapted to be a lighter version to either put in the oven so we cut down on the deep frying or you can lightly fry them in a frying pan. The good news is i do not think you loose any flavour or taste either by doing so. I have also used gram flour here so this makes them gluten free. To add extra bonus points they are incredibly easy to make!! you can also make these as spicy as you like too.
So you will need:
2 cups of Gluten Free Gram Flour (Chickpea Flour)
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp of your favourite curry paste
2 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp paprika
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1/2 head of cauliflower (small) run the the grater of a processor or thinly sliced.
1 small onion chopped or sliced in the processor
1 large carrot chopped grated or run through the grater of the processor
1 large sweet potato grated or run through the grater attachment of the processor
- So if cooking in the oven, preheat the oven at 220’c
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients including the gram flour, baking powder, salt, curry paste, cumin, turmeric, paprika, crushed garlic cloves and then add 1 1/4 cups of water and mix to a thick batter consistency. Leave this to one side.
- Take the cauliflower and run it through the slicing attachment, then do the onion if slicing. Then change this to the large grating attachment and grate the carrot and sweet potato. Pour the vegetables into the batter and mix well so that everything is coated.
You may wish to put some in the oven and some on the hob so you can decide which you like best. I prefer them on the hob personally. So if cooking in the oven take a baking tray and place a generous amount of cooking oil and then dollop generous amounts of mixture onto the tray leaving space around the mixtures. Place in the oven for 10 minutes and then turn the mixture over and then cook again for a further 10 minutes and then serve.
- If cooking on a hob, preheat some oil on the hob and the dollop some mixture and gentle fry on a low heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through and serve.
Makes about 25 pakora but more if making smaller ones.