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Chickpea Fritters / Chana Pakoda (Air Fryer, Stove top)

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:15 mins   CookTime:15 mins   Cuisine:Indian

Pakoda / Pakora / Fritters are the easy and quick answer for satisfying the hunger pranks during tea time or as evening snack for kids. And even for treating sudden guests. 

Who doesn’t love Onion Pakoda?! But, I feel guilty eating them frequently, so just thought of making it nutritious by adding protein & fiber to it. And for an even more healthier version I tried them in my Air-Fryer, to avoid the oil.

Here comes the Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Protein & Fiber Rich recipe! 

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Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.

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chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)

Ingredients:

  • Boiled Chickpeas / Chana – 1 cup
  • Besan / Chickpea Flour / Gram Flour – ¼ cup
  • Rice Flour / Biyyappindi – 2 tablespoons
  • Onions – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green Chillies – 3
  • Chopped Fresh Ginger – 1 tablespoon
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves – 2 tablespoons (chopped)
  • Curry Leaves – 10 (chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder – 
  • Salt – as per taste 
  • Cooking Oil – 2 cups (for stove-top method)
  •    ”          ”      – 2 teaspoons (for air-fryer method)

Special Ingredients:

  • Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
  • Chopped Fresh Ginger
  • Onions

Step wise pics Procedure for Chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top):

chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Chickpeas soaked for 7 to 8 hrs and boiled in pressure cooker for 4 to 5 whistles, taken into wide a mixing bowl. Without adding any water, Grind them coarsely using a processor/grinder.
chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Now, add all the rest of the ingredients (except cooking oil) into the same bowl.
chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of water as needed, Gently mix up everything and make the batter ready. 

STOVE – TOP METHOD:

chickpea / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Put a deep frying pan on stove top, add the 2 cups of oil, let it heat on high flame. Gently drop small blobs of batter into the oil, let them fry on both sides until they turn golden brown.

AIR – FRYER METHOD:

chickpea / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Brush the mesh of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Place the small blobs of the batter over it. Cook for 7-8 mins on one side,
at 200ºC / 390ºF .
chickpea / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Gently flip each to the other side, give a bit of oil-spray and fry for 2-3 mins more, at same temperature. Done!!
chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top)
Showing chickpea fritters / chana pakoda made in STOVE-TOP on left side and in AIR-FRYER on the right side.

Tips:

  • Add the ingredients in the list, as per your availability.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • For air-fryer method, the batter mix has to be thick. Be careful while adding water to the batter. I just added 2-3 tablespoons.
  • But for stove-top method it can be in flowing consistency as well.
  • The oil for deep frying must be perfectly hot, to test this just drop a small blob of batter into the oil and check .
  • You can store the batter in the refrigerator/freezer and fry them when needed.
  • The fried fritters / pakoda stay good for up to 2 days at room temperature (or) can be stored in fridge but are to be reheated in microwave before serving.

Result:

  • These, chickpea fritters / chana pakoda (air fryer & stove top), both versions are crispy on the outside and soft from inside.
  • Its a protein packed crunchy appetiser suitable to satisfy your afternoon hunger pranks in a healthy way. 
  • We had them along with sliced raw onions & fried green chillies, for additional spice.
Chickpea Fritters / Chana Pakoda made with STOVE TOP method
Chickpea Fritters / Chana Pakoda made with AIR FRYER method

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