Healthy baked pakoras

Who doesn’t love pakoras? Lovely crunchy clusters of vegetables with your favourite mouthwatering chutney. It’s hard to say no! These baked pakoras are just as flavoursome and are healthier for you than the fried versions.Heating certain oils (like vegetable oil) to high temperatures damages them and causes free radicals in our bodies, which ultimately leads to heart disease, cancer and so on. You can read more about why vegetable oils are bad in this article by Healthline. If you are frying food, checking the stability of the oil is key. You need to use an oil with a high smoke point and one that is stable when heated to a high temperature such as, coconut oil and ghee.

However, it is possible to avoid frying altogether by tweaking traditional recipes so that they are better for you – like we have done with these baked pakoras. Give them a go, you will feel much better in yourself afterwards. You wont get that heavy, lethargic feeling you often get after fried food. You can eat until your heart is content, not feel guilty and your body will thank you for it.

Healthy baked pakoras
Ingredients (makes 18)

1/4 cauliflower
1 medium sized sweet potato
1 onion
2 cups spinach
2.5 cups chickpea flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli (adjust to taste)
1 tsp whole cumin lightly ground
1 tsp whole coriander lightly ground
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chaat masala
Approx 300ml water

Line a baking tray and preheat the oven to 180°C. Finely chop all the vegetables and then add the flour and spices and mix thoroughly. Start by adding 200ml of the water and mix. You want a sticky paste like mixture so that when you squeeze the mixture in your hands it sticks together. The vegetables will also release some water so add the remaining water according to what the mixture needs. Drop handfuls of mixture onto the lined baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the pakoras over half way through. These are best served warm with your favourite (no added sugar!) chutney. Enjoy!

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