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Chickpea Pakoras

Ben Kramer,
Diversity Food Services at the University of Winnipeg

Chickpea flour forms the crunchy batter of this savoury, cilantro- stuffed patty. Serve with tomato-ginger chutney and cucumber raita.

1 cup dried chickpeas
1 russet potato, cooked and peeled
1 cup chickpea flour
1 onion, minced
3 Tbsp ginger, minced
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp cayenne
2 Tbsp cumin, ground
2 Tbsp coriander, ground
2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
canola oil for deep frying

1. Soak chickpeas in at least 3 cups of water for 10 hrs or overnight.
2. Drain, rinse and cook in boiling water until tender (about 1 hr).
3. Purée chickpeas in food processor. Add a bit of water if the mixture seems to dry to form a grainy paste.
4. In a separate medium bowl, mash the potato.
5. Add ground chickpeas, flour, onion, ginger, salt, cayenne, coriander, cumin, and cilantro to potato and mix well.
6. Using a Tbsp, make small patties about 2 1/2″ wide and 1/2″ thick.
7. Deep fry 1-2 mins until crisp, or pan fry. To pan fry, heat 6 Tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan over high heat for 1 min. Add fritters and cook on each side for 2 mins.

Yield 50 small parkoras

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