Gluten-Free Pakoras with Eggplant, Green Tomato, and Cilantro-Mint Raita

These ridiculously addictive (and vegan!) Indian snack fritters is simply eggplant and green tomatoes bound in a curried chickpea-flour batter. But other vegetables, like potatoes and sweet potatoes, can be substituted in these gluten free Indian snacks. FYI, chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) flour is available at well-stocked grocery stores, Indian markets, and online.

Gluten-Free Pakoras with Eggplant and Green Tomato

Servings 4
Author Niki Ford

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup eggplant cut into 1-inch-long matchstick
  • 1/2 cup seeded unripe tomato cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup loosely packed stemmed and thinly sliced kale
  • 2 tablespoons minced dill, plus leaves for garnish
  • Canola oil or sunflower oil, for frying
  • 1 recipe Cilantro-Mint Raita (below)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, curry powder, cumin, salt, and 1-1/8 cups water. Fold the eggplant, tomato, onion, green onions, kale, and dill into the batter.
  2. Heat ½ inch of oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, then lower the heat to medium. Working in batches, and stirring the batter frequently, carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the oil so they are not touching. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes, flipping halfway through and slightly lowering or raising the heat if needed to ensure the pakoras become golden brown. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with dill leaves, and serve immediately with the raita and lime wedges.

Cilantro-Mint Raita

Makes 1-1/4 CUPS This refreshing and tasty counterpoint to Eggplant and Green Tomato Pakoras also pairs well with grilled vegetables and other Indian-inspired dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-milk yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced mint
  • 1 small clove garlic, pounded or grated into a paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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