World on a plate: Indian (+recipe)

By Bharat Jamnadas

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Indian chef Bharat Jamnadas with his creations. Photo / Dean Purcell
Indian chef Bharat Jamnadas with his creations. Photo / Dean Purcell

Bharat Jamnadas hosts a popular cooking segment on the TV show Asia Downunder and is chef for today's World on a Plate event at Auckland Museum.

A dish popular in most parts of India and South Asia is pakora, a savoury vegetable fritter containing some of the most frequently used spices in Indian cuisine.

Bharat's pakora recipe

2 cups besan (chickpea flour)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric teaspoon
1/2 chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 crushed cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
4 cups chopped vegetables
Juice of one lemon
Vegetable oil for deep frying

1. In a bowl mix together the besan, garam masala, turmeric, chilli powder and salt.

2. Add the lemon juice and gradually add enough water to make a thick batter.

3. Add the garlic, coriander leaves and vegetables into the batter and mix thoroughly.

4. Heat oil in a deep pan.

5. Drop teaspoons of the batter in a pan, about 10 at a time, and deep fry until they are brown all over and cooked through.

6. Drain well on paper towels. Serve with chutneys.

* For more on Auckland Museum's World on a Plate series, click here.

- NZ Herald

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