Apple Banana Pakora, Bhajia, Fritters – Manjula’s Kitchen
I am using firm apples. I have sliced the apples in rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Use firm bananas that are slightly less ripe. Do not use fully ripe bananas. I am using 1banana. I sliced the banana in 6 pieces the long way
To make the batter, add all the dry ingredients together besan, rice flour, cornstarch, salt, cumin seeds, black pepper, mango powder, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients well.
Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter. Consistency of pancake mix. I used about 1/2 cup of water. Now add the green chilies and cilantro, mix it well.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
Dip the apples and bananas slices into the batter one at a time, making sure it is covered by the batter completely. Then, slowly drop in the slices into the frying pan.
Fry the pakoras in small batches, not overlapping. The pakoras will take about 3-4 minutes to cook.
Turn them occasionally. Fry the pakoras until both sides are golden brown. If the oil is too hot, the pakoras will brown too fast and not get crispy.
The crispy, delicious pakoras are now ready to serve.