Chicken pakoras

Make a batch of these crispy golden pakoras as a snack, or part of an Indian meal. Serve hot with sweet chilli sauce or green chutney

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:30 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 426
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 43g
  • salt 1.5g


  • 700g boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 50g rice flour
  • 40g gram flour, sieved
  • 3 dried chillies, crushed or 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • sweet chilli sauce or green chutney, to serve


  1. Put the chicken in a large bowl, then use your hands to coat the pieces in the cornflour. Mix in the rice flour, followed by the gram flour. Add the chillies, spices, onion, coriander and 1 tsp salt. Mix well with your hands.

  2. Gradually add around 150ml water until the ingredients have become moist and ever-so-slightly wet. You may not need all the water (adding too much will stop the pakora mixture binding).

  3. Fill a deep pan no more than a third full with vegetable oil and heat to 180C. Squeeze a small amount of the pakora mixture together before carefully lowering into the hot oil with a spoon. Fry for 8-10 mins, turning regularly, until cooked through and browned all over. Set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper while you repeat with the remaining mixture, frying in small batches. Serve hot with a sweet chilli sauce or green chutney.

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