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Pakoras (lentil cakes)
from Sharon D'Arcy - Australia

Thanks for the fabulous recipes!
This was one I was given on a vegetarian cooking course....
It makes a very tasty, nutritious snack.

  • 1 C yellow split peas-washed and soaked overnight
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 - 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 1 - 2 tbsp besan (chick pea) flour
Drain peas.
Place garlic, chilli, cummin and fennel seeds in a blender with peas and process till peas are coarsley ground.

Mix in salt, onion and coriander.
Add besan and 1 - 2 tbsp water to make a sticky mixture.

Shape teaspoonfuls of mixture into small patties and fry till golden brown on both sides.
Serve as a snack with tomato chutney.

Tomato Chutney

  • 1 large tomato - blanched and quartered
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1cm piece ginger
  • 1 - 2 small chillies
  • 1 C coriander or mint
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Blend all ingedients except the salt.
Store in fridge.
Add salt just before serving.

Sharon D'Arcy.