Vegetable Pakoras With Mint and Cilantro Chutney

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“Vegetable Pakoras are savory little vegetable dumplings that are fried. Often times, they are served over mint and cilantro chutney, then drizzled with sweet and sour sauce. Besan (the chickpea flour) is easier to find in supermarkets these days; I found mine in the baking section at Whole Foods. Just ask someone at your grocery store. Enjoy!”

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  1. Combine the flour, oil, spices, salt, water and peppers in a blender and blend on high for 4-5 minutes (this is important because it will incorporate air to make the batter fluffy). Set aside to rest in a warm place.
  2. Pierce the sweet potato with a fork and place it in the microwave for 4 minutes (this will soften it a bit before frying). Allow to cool, then peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Chop the cauliflower and onion.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all of the vegetables with the batter and mix evenly. Fill a heavy pot with 2 inches of oil and heat to 375 degrees. Very gently place a heaping spoonful of batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, flipping over once if necessary. Drain on paper towel.
  4. For the Chutney: Finely chop the mint and cilantro. Add the chopped herbs to a bowl and mix in vinegar, sugar and oil. Spoon a bit over a small plate and place pakoras on top. Drizzle the pakoras with sweet and sour sauce and serve immediately.

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