Chicken Pakora Pakistani Recipe
Chicken Pakora is a popular Pakistani delicacy that is loved by many for its crispy exterior and juicy, flavorful interior. This traditional dish is made by marinating chicken pieces in a spiced batter, which is then deep-fried until golden brown.
The secret to making the perfect Chicken Pakora lies in the combination of spices used in the marinade. A blend of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala gives this dish its distinctive and tantalizing flavor. The chicken is marinated in a mixture of yogurt and these spices, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat and tenderize it.
To make Chicken Pakora, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- In a large bowl, combine the chicken, yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated with the spice mixture. Cover the bowl and let it marinate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
- In a separate bowl, sift the chickpea flour to remove any lumps. Add water, a little at a time, and whisk until you have a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
- Heat oil in a deep pan or fryer over medium heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small amount of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready.
- Dip each marinated chicken piece into the batter, making sure it is well-coated, and carefully drop it into the hot oil. Fry the chicken pakoras in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
- Cook the pakoras for about 5-7 minutes, turning them occasionally, until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
- Repeat the process with the remaining marinated chicken pieces.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Chicken Pakora is a delicious Pakistani snack that is perfect for tea-time or as an appetizer. The crispy exterior and succulent interior make it a favorite among both kids and adults.
Nutritional information: per serving (approximately 200g) – Calories: 350, Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 30g
Make your next tea-time or gathering special with this tantalizing chicken pakora recipe. The combination of aromatic spices and the perfect crunch will leave your taste buds craving for more. Enjoy these delectable pakoras with mint chutney or tamarind chutney for an authentic Pakistani experience.