Pumpkin and Apple Pakoras

After playing around with Indian cuisine, we came up with a western alternative to the popular Indian snack. It’s child-friendly and can be made up beforehand and rested in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. A deep fryer makes easy work of these, but a deep saucepan filled with 10cm of vegetable oil will also do the trick.

Makes 8-10


  • 125g - chickpea flour
  • 25g - plain flour
  • 0.5tsp - baking powder
  • 300g - pumpkin, grated
  • 1 - large apple, skin on, grated
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix the chickpea flour, plain flour, and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Add the water, start with half a cup, and whisk.  Add more water, if necessary, until you have a mixture that is the consistency of a very thick cream.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin and apple.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer on the hottest setting, or in a wide, deep saucepan.
  5. Check the oil is hot enough by dropping a dot of batter in – if it sizzles and rises to the surface then it’s ready.
  6. Drop tablespoons of batter into the oil.  You will need to do this in batches.  Cook each one for around 4 minutes or until a deep golden. If you undercook them they will be gluggy inside so don’t be afraid to let them go a deep golden colour before removing.
  7. Drain on paper towel and then serve while hot with yoghurt or sour cream to dip into.