spring has sprung pakoras with pear & mint chutney

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Fresh, green and positively bursting with the joys of spring – behold the spring green pakora. A fantastic way of using up any manky old greens that need  bit of attention. My 22 month old ploughed his way through an absolute ton of these for his tea. The pear and mint chutney is very flavourful and a cinch to whizz up.

130g chickpea/gram flour
200g spring greens, finely shredded
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
¼ to ½ tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
220g yoghurt

1/2 tsp.baking powder
2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp. garam masala
150-200ml water
salt to taste
oil for deep frying

for the chutney

1 clove garlic
2 spring onions
1/2 fresh green chilli
1 tsp. tamarind
1 tsp. salt
2 ripe pears
2  tbsp. mint leaves

method

  • mix all the pakora ingredients in a large bowl, adding enough water to give the consistency of thick double cream
  • whizz up the pear chutney ingredients in a blender and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Heat the oil and deep fry the pakoras in batches, drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately with the chutney.

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16 comments

  1. My first reaction was “ho-hum, pakoras again!” Then the Pear and Mint Chutney caught my eye. What a unique combination of flavours. I will try this one soon. :-)

  2. Chutney sounds luscious, good to hear your little guy enjoyed the pakora too x

  3. We love pakoras – they are definitely a big thumbs from the little ones. Loving the sound of your chutney. Original – so will definitely give it a shot. Hope all well your end. You must be in your final stages now re number 2! Good luck. Love Torie x

    • gastrogeek

      Thank you Torie! I am indeed on the “final countdown”… I hope you like the chutney (my mum makes a similar one with kalojam which are basically impossible to find in this country). X

      • Chutneys, pickles, relishes – love em all. I’ve never tried one with pear so will definitely give it a go. mmm. Good luck for the final weeks. The weather is now perfect to bring a little one into this world. Hope to catch up after the birth x

      • gastrogeek

        mmm me too – would be lovely to see you, it feels like such a long time! x

  4. This sounds delicious! I’m thinking I’m going to try and cook Spring into being– sick of all this snow! Maybe I’ll start with these pakoras + chutney. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mint and coriander chutney is one of my favourite must haves in the refriderator specially in the spring/summer time. I’ve never heard of such a unique chutney! will be trying this one out pretty soon! thanks for sharing.

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