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Chicken Pakoras in a tray

Chicken Pakora

Chicken Pakora are Indian Spiced and deep fried battered Chicken bites. They are golden, crispy and delicious. Traditionally made with Vegetables such as Onions or Potatoes, I first made these Chicken versions for a work even over 10 years ago. They were so popular that I had to make them time and time again!

Course Lunch/Snack, Side
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani, South Asian
Keyword Aloo Bhajia, Aloo Pakora, Bhajiya, Chicken Pakora, Pakora
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 102 kcal
Author Safira

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 500 g Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 3/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Green Chilli Paste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 - 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Batter

  • 1/2 cup Gram Flour
  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour Or more Gram Flour
  • 2 tbsp Corn Flour Or more Gram Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 4 tbsp Water You may need to add more
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Orange Powder Food Colour Optional

For Frying

  • 3 cups Oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the Chicken into strips - around 1/2 inch thick and wide.

  2. Marinade Chicken in Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala, Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Green Chilli Paste, Lemon Juice, Salt and Oil. Set aside for 30 minutes.

  3. Place the Oil in a deep pot or wok and turn the heat to medium high.

  4. In a large bowl, make the batter by mixing together the Chickpea flour, Rice flour and Corn flour with Spices under the Batter section, Salt and Water. At this stage, the batter will be very thick but it thins out as the chicken is added. You can however add 1 - 2 tbsp extra of water if needed. Add Chicken. If the batter seems too thin, add more chickpea flour. You can at this stage place the whole lot into the fridge and use later on. The batter will seperate a little but once mixed back together it will be fine. You can also marinade the Chicken in the batter for an additional hour if you like.

  5. Add Chicken to batter then drop into the hot oil one by one. Make sure that you are only frying a few at a time. This is especially important with Pakoras. Fry 4 - 7 minutes until golden and crispy on the outside.

  6. Drain Chicken Pakora on paper towels and continue cooking the remainder. Keep cooked pakoras warm in a low oven (80°C/GM1/2) on a rack set over a tray.

Recipe Notes

PLEASE NOTE:

Crowding the Oil means the temperature of the Oil drops right down means that you will get soggy steamed Pakoras instead of crispy ones.

Variations

Pakoras can be made with anything you like.

Almost any vegetables can be used instead of the Chicken.

Here are some options -

Carrots or Parsnips – Grated

Potatoes – Any Potatoes will work. Slice into thin rounds.

Onion – Sliced into half moons.

Cauliflower – Finely chopped.

Broccoli, broccolini – chopped finely.

Courgettes - Grated and excess liquid squeezed out.

Leafy Greens - Such as Spinach, Cabbage or similar, sliced finely.

Red or Yellow Peppers – cut into small pieces.

Aubergine slices - Cut into medium thin slices,

Corn Kernals

Note - You need around 5 heaped cups of Veg for the quantity of batter here.

Make Ahead

Pakora Batter (both before or after the chicken is added will keep on the fridge overnight).

The batter will seperate slightly but once mixed together again, it is fine.

Pakora Batter on it's own minus the Chicken, keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

The Marinaded Chicken will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Sauces to serve with Chicken Pakora

Pakoras are typically served with cooling sauces - Mint and Yoghurt Chutney, Ketchup or A Minty Red Onion Relish.

My favourite sauce is a cooling Yoghurt and Mint Sauce. Here is how to make it:

Combine a handful of Coriander with 10 Mint Leaves, 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 2 tbsp Lemon, 1/4 tsp Sugar, Salt, 1 cup Plain Yoghurt in a blender and blend till smooth.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pakora
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.