“These pakoras are crisp-edged, highly-spiced and everything I want to eat with friends,” says cookery writer, Anna Jones.

“I like to eat these with my lemon and cardamom dhal on or biryani. They are also great wrapped in a chapati with the green sauce and some crunchy shredded veg.” 

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Cashew pakoras
Cashew pakoras (Issy Croker/PA)
Cashew pakoras
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Nutrition Facts
Cashew nut pakoras with green dipping sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 248IU5%
Vitamin C 104mg126%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cashew nut pakoras with green dipping sauce

The ultimate crispy snack
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, starter
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 12 pakoras
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Anna Jones

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Blender

Ingredients

For the pakoras

  • 100 g cashew nuts
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 handful of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli thinly sliced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger finely grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely grated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • groundnut or vegetable oil for shallow frying
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 80 g chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsp ghee softened
  • salt
  • black pepper

For the green sauce

  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • bunch of coriander stalks and leaves
  • 1/2 bunch of mint leaves picked, stalks discarded
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tsp honey or agave syrup
  • 1 unwaxed lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

To serve

  • lime dressed salad leaves optional

Method

  • Measure the cashew nuts into a small, heatproof bowl and cover with double the volume of hot water. Set aside.
  • Next, make the green dipping sauce. Toast the mustard and cumin seeds in a dry deep frying pan until the cumin smells fragrant and the mustard seeds start to pop. Remove from the heat and tip into a blender with the rest of the green dipping sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth (adding up to two tablespoons of cold water to loosen if you need – it should be like thick yoghurt), then taste and add more salt, lime or honey to balance. Cover and set aside.
  • Mix the onion, chilli powder, curry leaves, chilli, ginger, garlic, fennel and cumin seeds in a large mixing bowl and give it a really good scrunch. Season generously with salt and black pepper and leave to one side. Drain the cashews well and add to the bowl.
  • Add 3cm-depth of oil to the frying pan and heat gently over a low-medium heat. Add the bicarbonate of soda, chickpea flour and ghee to the mixing bowl along with 60ml of cold water and mix until it comes together in a chunky batter.
  • Test to see if the oil is ready by dropping a little of the mixture into the hot oil. If it sizzles and rises to the top it is ready. Add tablespoons of the mixture to the hot oil, a few at a time so as not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for a couple of minutes each side, using a slotted spoon to turn them over. Drain the cooked pakora on kitchen paper and continue until all the mixture has been used.
  • Season with a pinch of salt while warm and serve with the dipping sauce and some lime-dressed salad leaves if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

 

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones, photography by Issy Croker, is published by Fourth Estate.

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