Monday 8 September 2008


The traditional foods for Ramadan in Pakistan include Dhai Balle, Fruit Chaat and Pakora which my family had been hinting they wanted. These are served with tea, at parties and also to accompany main meals. My brother-in-law who just married insists on them being made every day during Ramadan. I had planned on telling his wife that he detested them and not to mention them in front of him or try making them, but I forgot. I had a go at making some yesterday with not very impressive results, so my husband decided to take matters into his own hands.

400 grams gram flour
1 cup water
1 large onion - quartered and sliced thinly lengthways
1 large potato (baking potato ideal), peeled and sliced thinly
medium bunch spinach - chopped into thin strips
2-3 chillis (or less if desired) - chopped as finely as possible
1 table-spoon chilli powder
1 level table-spoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder if available, otherwise tablespoon of crushed coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin powder or seeds
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons of yogurt (my mum's tip)
both of the above are to give the pakora's softness.
teaspoon pomegranate powder (anardhana) if available.

Set a wok of cooking oil on medium heat whilst preparing the mix.
Mix the gram flour and water, add salt, chilli powder, coriander, cumin powder/seeds and pomegranate powder until smooth batter forms. Add remaining ingredients and mix.

Once the mixture is ready, turn the oil up to near full heat and drop a spoonful of the pakora mix carefully in. If it starts to sizzle and rise to the top, the oil is ready. Drop in further spoonfuls so that the pakora's are spaced out. Fry until golden on both sides. Tasty with tomato ketchup, chilli sauce or green chutney.


  1. masha'allah I love pakora..we eat them quite alot these days for iftar..makes a nice change from algerian bourek!!!

  2. Wow looks yummy. Nice for Iftars. If u want to share any other recipes with me u can send their links too. I u have already posted them and there in the blog also no problem just send me the links. Iam show casing 5 recipes of each blogger participating in the event. U can share with me u r traditional recipes also dear.

  3. Ramadan Mubarak sister!
    I make pakoras too every other day for Iftar.

  4. wow,mashAllah,must give this a try.

  5. That's it i am doing pakora tomorrow inshaallah!

  6. Assalam-alaikam,

    Sister Umm Zakariya,
    I would love a change from pakora's and try some Algerian Bourek!

    Sister Lubna,
    Your kind words have made me blush coming as they do from someone so good at culinary endeavours. I have sent links for three recipes, I will send two more soon insh'Allah.

    Sister Yasmeen,
    every other day, just like my mum. You're family must be enjoying themselves.

    Sister Ummsaaz,
    I bet you could make them better than me, the Indian's are excellent cooks.

    Sis Rainbow,
    Would love to see your version as everyone does it different.

  7. YOU CAN MAKE SOME HERE's my recipe we have been having spinach, feta and pot's just lately filling choices are endless have a go buy the big square sheets and shallow fry them with very little oil.

    will post pakora's my punjabi mix ,

  8. Salaam Sis Rainboe,
    I had a look, thee look easy, I'm going to have a go on the weekend (with chilli's added in).