These deep fried savoury delights are a all-time favourite snack consumed all over Pakistan. Popular as an appetizer at iftaar during ramazan, pakoras are also enjoyed during picnics and parties as a scrumptious, healthy snack. The besan (ground chickpea powder) is mixed with coriander, mint leaves, chopped onions and green chillies and mixed with water to form a thick paste.
They are sometimes served in a yogurt-based curry (salan), as a main dish, pakora curry, rather than as a separate snack. In this case, the pakoras are generally doughier and are made from chopped potato, onion, and chili mixed into the batter, instead of individual fried vegetable slices.
They are also often served with chai to guests arriving to attend wedding ceremonies, and are usually complemented with tamarind or green mint leaf chutney, brown sauce, or ketchup.
Specialty pakoras include onion pakoras and potato pakoras which are hot favourite throughout Pakistan.