Bottle Gourd fritters – lauki pakora
You name gourd and the kids start making faces. Hardly there would be any kid who likes gourd. Same is with my kids as well. But mother is mother. She knows that she is to feed their kids with nutritious food. Mothers are smart enough to serve the unwanted food stuff in the disguise of some attractive dish.
I try to use lauki in a variety of forms like lauki ki sabzi, lauki raita, lauki halwa, lauki koftas, lauki thepla etc. This time I thought of making lauki pakoras. The method of making these pakoras is the same as is in other form of pakoras i.e. preparing the batter, coating gourd with it and frying.
- Gourd 1, cut into roundels
- Bengal gram/ besan 1 cup
- Rice flour 2 tablespoon
- Ginger 1 inch, grated
- Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
- Green chilies 3-4, finely chopped
- Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
- Carom seeds/ajwain 1 teaspoon
- Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon
- Red chili powder ½ teaspoon
- Pomegranate seeds ½ teaspoon, powdered
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying
- Wash and peel lauki. Cut into roundels.
- Apply some salt, chili powder, turmeric powder and garam masala on it and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
- In the mean while prepare the batter. For that mix gram flour, rice flour, grated ginger, garlic, green chilies and spices. Add water to it and mix well to form a thick paste of pouring consistency.
- Heat oil in a wok or pan.
- Coat lauki roundels with this batter and drop it in the medium hot oil one by one.
- Fry the pakoras til golden brown.
- Drain on a paper napkin to remove excess oil.
- Serve hot with mint chutney, tomato sauce or any other dip.