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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Just One Food - Pakora

I never fail to stop by to buy these Indian fried fritters each time I'm here.  I've been eating these fried snacks every year that I've come for the feast of St Anne in Port Klang.
 
They're sold by the few street vendors that set up shop outside Church of St Anne taking advantage of the large pilgrimage of Catholics who throng the church for the annual feast celebration.  There are many stalls selling all sorts of Indian snacks and nuts but I'm not sure if all these stalls are here on other (normal) days.
 
After years of eating this snack, I still didn't know what they're called until last Sunday when I stopped by to buy some.  I asked the vendor and he told me that they're called "pakoras". 
 
On googling, I came to know that pakora is a generic term used for these Indian deep fried fritters.  I also gathered that these small fritters are made with gram flour (otherwise known as chickpea flour).  A number of things can go into the chickpea batter such as onions, curry leaves, green chillies, spring onions, coriander, curry leaves (not sure if there's any dhal in it) and some Indian spices, of course (possibly garam masala, turmeric, cumin and/or chilli powder).  I've also seen these fritters referred to as "pakodi" or "pakoda".
 
It's quite interesting to see them make it.  They have this unusual contraption (self-made, I assume) that has many circular holes in it) which they place over a "kuali" (wok) of hot oil.  They then scoop some batter onto the metal sheet and scrape it with a wooden spatula until bits of the batter fall into the oil...how ingenious! 
 
These bits of batter are then stirred and fried...and scooped up with a perforated ladle once they're nice and golden brown.
 
These are the freshly fried crisp snacks waiting to be bought....and devoured! ;D  These immensely aromatic fritters are rather small in size compared to some I've seen.

They're sold at RM3 a packet (packed in a plastic bag)....and one packet is never enough!
 
I also understand that there are a number of different types of pakora depending on the vegetables or a combination of vegetables used.  They can be made with onions, potato, aubergine, cauliflower, spinach, etc.
 
Since I noticed that there's quite a bit of onions in them, I assume this is an onion pakora (I may be wrong).  I also detected the taste of curry leaves, spring onions, coriander and maybe some green chillies.
 
Eating them hot and freshly fried there and then is absolutely amazing!  The best parts are those tiny little bits of batter that fall off from the pakoras...those bits.....incredibly crispy and crunchy (and they stay crispy for quite a long while too).  Just sensational! :)
 
Even when the leftovers and taken home, they still have this wonderful fragrant aroma (especially from the curry leaves) and flavour to them that it's still a joy to eat them later.  But if you want to crunch them up again, just put them into a toaster oven for about 3 minutes.

Of course I'm not asking you to go all the way to Port Klang just to savour these snacks but if you do come across Indian vendors selling these little nuggets of crunchiness, be sure to get some as they're truly addictive...you just can't stop popping them into your mouth!
 

12 comments:

  1. Never tried that. Looks good, I think I would love it. St Anne In Klang? I only know of the one in BM - wish I could go one day on a pilgrimage on her feast day. Lots of people, I hear!

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    1. Yes, the St Anne feast day in BM is the 'actual' one but those in KL will make their way to this one in Port Klang if they can't make it to BM. If you're elderly, you have to make sure you can withstand the crowd and heat if you want to go to the BM one.

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  2. I think some mamak restaurants also sell pakora on the side, I've noticed them before. But I never really tried to have them leh. Actually, it has been ages since I last went to a mamak restaurant at all! :/

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    1. I don't think I've seen these selling at mamak stalls and, even if they do, I think they're not small ones like these which are extra crunchy! :)

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  3. I love these!!!! Crispy and aromatic and so, so tasty! But haven't come across stalls selling pakoras for a long time. Hmmm...where to find besides Klang? I've seen these pakoras at the banana leaf restaurants but I've never tried those because they are pre-fried and may not be as nice as the freshly fried ones. Besides pakoras, I also love vadai.

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    1. Gimme 5...they're so aromatic and tasty, right? Yeah, I have not seen stalls selling pakoras here too. The ones sold at banana leaf restaurants, they're larger ones, not as nice. Gimme another 5....I love vadai too, it's the dhal, curry leaves and spices that make them so good! ;) P/S: Have you eaten the vadai (the one with the hole in the centre) in Kanna, Section 17 PJ (check my blog post on it)...they're really good.

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  4. ooo, i must admit, i've never enjoyed pakora, but maybe that's cos i've never tried them fresh and hot before. thanks for the tip! :)

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    1. Once you've tried these freshly fried miniature ones, I'm sure you'll be a fan too! ;)

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  5. My friend often buy these from the supermarkets and snack on it all day. I have never seen freshly made ones. Must be even more tasty to eat them freshly made.

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    1. I'm not that into pre-packed fried stuff....I'm afraid they will reek of stale oil taste. Nothing like freshly fried ones!

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  6. Hubby just brought these back last few days and what can I say is, not really suit my taste bud lor, hehe :P

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    1. Then I suspect you don't like vadai either?

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