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Traditional Punjabi Side Dish
Green chilli pakora is a popular Punjabi side dish that is prepared with spices and green chillies. It's not made with the regular hot peppers; instead it uses the thick and long green peppers that are tolerably spicy. These chilli peppers will be stuffed with a mixture of spices and then deep-fried till crisp. You can also serve them as a snack with Indian chutneys like mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or even tomato sauce.
These chilli pakoras are very delicious and fairly simple to prepare so do give them a try. I would love to have your feedback.
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- 200 grams thick and long green chilli peppers
- 4 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
- 3 tsp ground anardana (pomegranate seeds)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- water to prepare batter, as needed
- Make a long slit in each chilli pepper for the stuffing. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the ground anardana, salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well.
- Stuff this mixture in each chilli pepper.
- In a bowl combine besan, baking powder, salt and red chilli powder. Mix well. Add water little by little and make a thick flowing batter for coating the peppers.
- Heat oil in a kadahi. Dip each pepper in the batter and deep-fry till crisp and golden. Cook over medium to low heat so that the peppers cook through.
- Serve as a side dish or as a snack with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or tomato ketchup.
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