Pakora is a spiced fritter originating from the Indian Subcontinent. The word Pakora is basically from the Sanskrit. It is easily available in the streets and also served in restaurants of Asia and worldwide. Especially in the holy month of Ramadan, it is one of the special Aftaar dishes in Pakistan and India. It consists of items, often vegetables such as potatoes and onions, coated in seasoned gram flour batter and deep-fried.
The pakora is known also under other spellings including pikora, pakoda, pakodi.
The main ingredients of the common recipe of Pakoras consist of seasonal vegetables like onion, spinach, potatoes, green chillies and coriander. Then dipped in a batter made from gram flour (chickpea/garbanzo bean flour) with spices, then deep-fried.
Common varieties of pakora use onion, Eggplant, Spinach, Cauliflower, Potato, Plantain, tomato or Chillie Pepper but other foodstuffs can be made into pakoras such as meat or fish. There is no standard recipe for fritters; it may differ based on spices as per local tradition.
Often, Pakoray includes fresh and dried spices such as chilli, fenugreek and coriander. There are pakora variants that use other flours, such as buckwheat flour.
Pakora is one of the best snack. It is one of the best appetisers. It is often accompanied by tamarind sauce, chutney or raita.