Gobhi Pakoda is one of the popular Indian snacks. This batter has no spices except coriander seeds, so as to allow the natural flavour of the cauliflower to emerge. Gobhi Pakoda is simple to make and can be prepared even at home.
Ingredients of Gobhi Pakoda
1 large head or 2 small heads cauliflowers
235g unsifted chickpea flour (besan)
2 tbsp peanut or corn oil
2 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
One-fourth tbsp cayenne pepper (optional)
2 tbsp salt
300 ml cold water
Peanut or corn oil enough to fill a kadhai or frying pan to a depth of 5 cm
Method of preparing Gobhi Pakoda
First break the cauliflowers and separate them into florets. Then cut into 2.5-cm/l-inch pieces and wash.
Stir the flour in coriander, cayenne pepper and salt. Gradually add water and beat the mixture to make it thin and smooth, like crepe batter.
Then leave the batter for resting for at least half hour in a warm place which will ferment the batter slightly, and make it light and fluffy.
Heat oil in a kadhai and dip a piece of the cauliflower into the batter, and gently put the coated floret into the hot oil and fry in low temperature. This will allow the fritters to cook slowly and brown gently, thus developing a golden, crackling crisp crust. The pakodas are fried by stirring and turning until they are pale golden for about 10-12 minutes.
Another method of preparing Gobhi Pakoda with slight changes in the ingredients:
Ingredients of Gobhi Pakoda
1 cup Bengal gram flour
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup corn flour
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp chaat masala
3 cups oil
A pinch of red colour
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Method of Preparing Gobhi Pakoda
Firstly, break the cauliflower into small petals and boil them in salt water. Then drain the water and keep cauliflower aside.
Then mix Bengal gram flour, rice flour, corn flour, salt, chilly powder, chat masala and red colour in a bowl along with a little water.
Now, dip the cauliflower in the mixture. Keep frying deeply in oil.
Garnish it with coriander leaves.
This mouth-watering snack goes well with almost anything and is lovely for afternoon tea. This fritter may also be served in place of a side dish, especially with other fried food.
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