There are so many different snack and appetizer dishes in Indian cuisine that utilize fresh vegetables and legumes. Vada or fried dumplings are a type of snack food that is very common in our cuisine. They are delicious when eaten with different chutneys like Tamarind, Garlic, or Mint. You will find a different version of a vada in every region of India and their snack stands! I would love to be able to get a plate of every type of vada or fried dumpling available so far – imagine how awesome it would be to taste all the different flavors and ingredients found in this amazing snack food!
I wanted to make my own version of a spiced bean vada. I used cannellini beans (white kidney beans) in my recipe, but I also wanted to get as many vegetables into my vada to give it more of a range of flavors, so be prepared to see this loaded up recipe of mine! It turned out really delicious and even though there are beans in this recipe, the vada dumplings were light and very flavorful with all the spices and vegetables in it. This is one recipe that is not only delicious but a great way to get all those healthy vegetables into one dish!
CANNELLINI PAKORA (White Kidney Bean Fritters)
1Servings: 36-40 pakora
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup semolina
- 2 15.5oz cans of cannellini beans (rinse and drain all liquids out)
- 1 red onion
- ½ cup grated carrots
- ¼ cup of diced bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno (cleaned and seeds removed)
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 1.5 tsp. chili powder
- 1/5 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp. coriander-cumin powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ cup water
- 2-3 quarts oil for frying
- In food processor, add beans, jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, carrots, water, and blend till it becomes a smooth paste consistency.
- Transfer veggie mixture to a bowl and add in all-purpose flour and semolina. Fold all the ingredients together till smooth. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- Heat oil for frying to between 315-325F.
- Drop 1 Tbsp. worth of dough into hot oil and fry till golden brown – about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from oil and lay on napkin-covered plate to drain off excess oil. Repeat with rest of dough till complete.
- Serve warm with your favorite chutney (Tamarind, Mint, Garlic)
These pakora are a great snack item anytime of the day! They are so good when eaten hot and fresh!
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