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Vegetable Pakora


1 cup chickpea flour (besan) 
2 tablespoons oil 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
1/2 cup water

1-2 green chilies , chopped (jalapeno or your choice depending on heat pref.) 
1 tablespoon cilantro , chopped 
1 potato or yam , sliced 1/4 thick 
1 small cauliflower , broken into very small florets 
1 cup spinach leaves , torn 
1 1/2 cups onions , halved and sliced


1. Boil the potato or yam slices until *just* tender, being careful not to overcook. 
2. Mix batter ingredients well. Beat in a blender for 4-5 minutes to incorporate air (this will make the batter fluffier). Let batter rest 1/2 hour in a warm place. 
3. Add the vegetables and mix in evenly. 
4. Deep fry in oil that is heated to 375° until deep brown (somewhere between 4-6 minutes per batch). Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. 
5. Serve with cilantro or mint chutney or cucumber raita.