Kids, eat your vegetables!

Ah, pakora: the chicken nugget of the Indian subcontinent



2c chickpea flour
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c water
1 medium eggplant, shredded & purged in salt water for 2+hours
2 c coarsely chopped cauliflower
1 sm onion, thinly sliced into rings
12 spinach leaves, shredded
1/2 c chopped cabbage
oil for deep frying

Whisk together first five ingredients and let sit in a warm place for 30 minutes (I used this time to chop cauliflower and spinach and thaw previously chopped cabbage). Heat oil to 375F. Stir vegetables into the batter. Drop vegetable-batter into heated oil by the tablespoon, and fry a few at a time. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. Dipping sauce options include: chutney, raita, sweet & sour sauce (I even saw one recipe suggest tomato ketchup–wha?).

The kids helped me make a mild and a spicy mint chutney as well as a cucumber raita. They also helped me send the eggplant through the food processor’s shredding disc. Honestly, the pakoras themselves weren’t all that time-consuming. The sauces took a while, because we made them from our own garden herbs. If I hadn’t had writing to do, we were going to make naan to go with these, but, well, I’m not made of time.

By the way, this makes a HUGE batch, and we only had one left at the end to feed the dog. Even the toddler ate her serving.


About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at .

3 Responses to Kids, eat your vegetables!

  1. earthfae says:

    Oh good that looks good!

  2. Pingback: 7 Quick Takes Friday: You stress? Eustress! | Will Write for Tomato Pie

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