Gram Flour Pakoras

Servings : Serves 4

We call the snack in the fore-front of this photo ''wara' at home but some know them as fluffy pakoras or gram flour fritters. They are made from a thick gram flour batter that has several other ingredients and then deep fried until puffy and golden.


  • 1 cup gram flour/besan/chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh fenugreek, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced very finely
  • 1 small potato, peeled and sliced very thinly
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • water as needed
  • 1 level tsp ENO salt (the one that comes in a blue bottle)
  • oil for deep frying


Sieve the gram flour, add in the salt, cumin and garlic paste. Stir in some water slowly whilst mixing to avoid lumps. Keep adding until a very thick batter is formed. Add the coriander, chillies, diced onion and potato slices. Stir them in well.

Heat oil, and just before you start frying, add the ENO salt into your mixture. You will notice it immediately effervescing and bubbling up. Mix it in quickly and scoop a small ball of the mixture with your fingertips and drop it gently into the oil. You will notice it almost instantly expanding in the hot oil. Fry on medium heat so they don't burn from the outside and they get cooked through to the center. Keep scooping and dropping more of the batter into the oil, then stir and turn them around so that all sides are evenly cooked and coloured.

Drain on paper napkins and serve hot with a dip of your choice. Enjoy!

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