Fish pakora. Crispy, authentic and delicious, these pakoras are perfect for a quick appetizer or snack. Jazz up the flavors with a side of your favorite chutneys. Feel free to serve this with a refreshing salad for a light lunch or dinner. Deliciously easy to make!
As you know pakoras, also called pakodas, are traditional Indian deep fried goodies usually made with a batter with gram flour as the main ingredient. The traditional pakoras are made with vegetables but when you want to make them more flavorful, fish is the way to go. It’s very similar to your favorite classic fish and chips, just load them with spices for extra flavor. Fish and chips is obviously one of the most popular ways to prepare fish but have you ever thought about adding aromatic spices to the batter? The key is the right amount of spices. Made with gram flour, these pakoras are also gluten-free making it the perfect appetizer for all your guests.
How To Make Fish Pakora
Start with fish. You can choose any white firm fish like flathead or salmon to make these pakoras. Make sure you slice them thin so they will cook quickly and easily. I also like to marinate the fish in the batter for about 10- 15 minutes so they will absorb all the beautiful flavors from the spices.
To make this pakora, you don’t need to make the batter separately. Adding all the ingredients straight to fish and coating them well in the batter will suffice. Again, you will also need to marinate them in two steps – first with lemon and then with the spices.
Coat the fish pieces in lemon juice, garlic, ginger and a touch of salt. Refrigerate this for about 10 minutes. Next up, add the remaining ingredients – red chili powder, ground carom seeds, garam masala, gram flour, corn flour, and egg.
If you are after the gluten free version of fish pakora, make sure you buy gluten free corn flour. Substituting corn flour with rice flour is also a great option.
The spice level of these pakoras depends on the amount of red chili powder you use in this recipe. Feel free to add more or less depending on your taste.
Gram flour is basically flour made from dried chickpeas and it’s 100% gluten free. The secret to making super crispy fish pakora is getting the perfect light coating of batter on the fish. Just shake off the excess batter for the perfect coating.
In my opinion, the best way to cook fish pakora is deep frying. I just can’t wait to make these delectable fish bites again.
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