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Friday, July 2, 2010

Fun For Friday - Snacks - Carrot Zucchini Pakora (inspired by Jay)

This is a great snack, not only because it's tasty, it's healthy too, but you don't have to tell the kids that! I think it would work well in bento box lunch. I saw this snack that Jay had made on her blog Tasty Appetite. I have been seeing a lot of fritters lately and there are so many that I want to try. This one looked simple enough and healthy too, and it didn't have an egg in it. I had most of the ingredients, but I had to fine out what sooji (rawa) was. After my search as far as I could tell it was semolina or farina. I have a health food store a couple blocks away which is great for me. They sell many of their grains, seeds, nuts, herbs, spices and flour from bulk bins. Which means I can buy a cup or a handful if that's what I need. They had both farina an semolina so I got both, and picked up some chickpea flour while I was there.

Adapted from Tasty Appetite, I made just a few changes.

-2 small carrots
-1 small zucchini
-1/2 cup chickpea flour
-1 tablespoon rice flour
-2 tsp semolina or farina (you could use cornmeal)
-1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
-1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
-1/4 teaspoon celery seed
-pinch of asafetida
-sea salt and pepper to taste

After washing the vegetables, peel and shred carrots, (you can peel the zucchini if you like) and zucchini, then mix the together in a bowl. In separate bowl mix the dry ingredients, then sprinkle over the shredded vegetables, add a little water if necessary. Since the vegetable vary in sizes you can adjust the amount of flours if needed. I had it so it just stuck together and all was coated. In a pan with a little oil cook until golden. I made some into little patties, but I liked it better when you just took some in small pieces and dropped it into the pan.

They were crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. The semolina added a nice texture to it, that why you could use cornmeal if that's what you have. I think this snack would work in bento lunches too. This was good on its own, but I'm sure you could find something good to dip it in.

Thanks Jay it was a lot of fun trying these. She has a lot of good things cooking over on Tasty Appetite you should check it out.

I am now finding several good ways to use the chickpea flour, since that came in a 22 oz bag instead of from a bin. I will be posting some recipes like chickpea pancakes coming up!

I have summited this to Two for Tuesday



  1. I love they are not deep fried...I love the deep fried ones...these surely are healthier.

  2. Hey Lindsey! Please pass me some of this delicious snack ;D

  3. Bo, I just pan fried them in a little oil and they came out nice and crispy.

    Ann, sure, here you go help yourself...

  4. These look really good. I have to admit I've never tried any of the flours you mention, but I do know where I can find them. I'm going to look into it.

  5. OK, this is right up my alley and looks delicious. I'll have to find that chickpea flour.

  6. interesting seasonings on these - think I would like the little patties, kinda like fritters

  7. What?!! Lyndsey these pakora are outrageously delish!!!

  8. Yummy, Yummy, now I know what to do with all my zuchinni or courgettes as they are known here in France. Diane

  9. We love us some Pakora over at our house! These sound terrific!

  10. those look really good...I have never seen anything quite like those... the coating looks really good on those, I bet not only crunchy but very flavorful!

  11. They look so crispy without being fried... NICE!

  12. Can't believe these are not deep fried! They looks so crispy and delicious!I like fritters like these!

  13. wow...Lyndsey...Thanx for the try...!
    your version sounds great. And the yummy click speak its taste...!
    Keep rocking dear.

  14. I.M. - I think you'll like working with the chickpea flour, finding more recipes with it.

    Betty Ray - It's Bob's Red Mill brand, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding it.

    Drick - that's what I thought, the patties were good, just not as crisp.

    bentobird - thanks, I used them in a bento too!

    Diane - I wish I had your garden!

    Debbi - I know you'd like it!

    TKW - They're great! Kids like them too!

    Chef Dennis - The four gives it a little nutty flavor, it is good!

    Sonia - it is crispy good!

    3HT - yes, crispy w/o deep frying!

    Jeannie - that's what I liked about them!

    Simply Life - Thanks!

    Jay - I'm so glad you approved. I made your version too and liked them very much. I thought I should change it up a little for my post. Thanks so much Jay!!

  15. I had made a pizza dough with a part being the chick pea flour...and then I had quite a bit left over. I was planning on doing a quick research on recipe possibilities. This will certainly be part of the list...great combo of ingredients.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and will also check out your friend's blog too.
    Flavourful wishes,

  16. Lyndsey

    these fritters sound so good; I am very interested in the chickpea flour, having always planned to use it in socca or farinata and never having done so! this is an easy ans delicious fritter recipe.

  17. :P""""" these sound awesome! I'm pondering what to dip them in...guess I'll just have to try some myself to figure it out. I'd love it if you'd link these to Two for Tuesdays!!

  18. Sounds great Lyndsey! You always make such interesting and delicious foods :-)

  19. This recipe looks delicious! I love crunchy snacks!

  20. There would be no stopping me at just a few. I could easily eat these up. What a fun and creative snack.

    You really post some great recipes. Love your blog.

  21. Claudia - I was going to do the same thing, but then a couple of my blog friends posted recipes using chickpea flour. I'll be posting them soon.

    tasteofbeirut - This was an easy way to try it. I am finding other recipes too. I think I'll be using it often.

    girlichef - Let me know what you come up with! I'll look into Two for Tuesday, thanks!

    Martha - thank you I try, you always leave such nice comments!

    Linda - I love crunchy snacks too!

    Velva - thank you so much!

  22. Oh yes, this definitely something delicious & healthy! I would love to have them with some chili sauce. Yummm.... Nice try, Lyndz~ I bet Maranda loves it too. Hope you're having a great time.
    Cheers, Kristy

  23. I love pakora and these look yummy and are full of veggies, which we're eating by the bucket loads these days!

  24. These look delicious and how wrong could you go with carrots and zucchini? I will take a plate full.

  25. Maybe, you would like to link these to My Meatless Mondays, tomorrow. This is a unique dish and I think people would love to try it out. Thanks.

  26. yumm.. i could finish the entire plate!

  27. My kind of food. The fritters look wonderful.


  28. These looks so healthy and delicious. The colour is so beautiful too. I can have that for lunch even. Thanks very much for sharing.

  29. These pakodas look so yumm! Would love to have some :-)

  30. Yay! Thanks for sharing with Two for Tuesdays...still calling my name!

  31. Simply delicious..looks so yummy!!

  32. This look delicious! I love pakoras......and your recipe sounds great!

  33. Ah-ha, and I just opened a new bag of besan flour!

  34. What great flavors...they look so good:)


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