Mushroom Pakora

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 starter portions 1x


Try this delicious mushroom pakora recipe today! Serve it with a homemade & fresh red pakora sauce & you are in for a treat.



  • 225g (¼lb) mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 green chilli, washed and finely thinly sliced
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) cilantro, washed and finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) mint, washed and finely chopped
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground turmeric
  • 1.25ml (¼ tsp) asafoetida
  • 5ml (1 tsp) chilli powder
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) ground cumin
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) rice flour
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) gram flour
  • 125ml (½ cup) water


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Heat about 5cm (2in) of oil in a wok or deep pan.
  3. Test whether the oil is hot enough by dropping a small quantity of the batter into the oil. If it rises to the surface surrounded by bubbles and starts to brown, then the oil is hot enough for frying.
  4. Form a ball, with a diameter of no more than 7.5cm (3in) with your hands, place it on a slotted spoon and lower it into the oil. Remove the spoon. Repeat, but don’t add too many balls at a time, because you risk lowering the oil temperature too much.
  5. Cook the balls for a few minutes, turning once, until they are evenly browned and crisp, so about 3-4 mins. Repeat the process until you have used up all the potatoes.
  6. Drain on kitchen paper, season to taste and keep warm while you cook the rest.
  7. Serve with raita and pakora sauce. Enjoy!


  • If the consistency is runny, add a bit more rice and gram flour.
  • If the mixture isn’t coated well enough, add a bit more batter. I.e. Mix in more water, rice and gram flour.
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: Indian

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