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Vegetarian Pakoras
Vegetarian Pakoras

For the yogurt saffron sauce

  • In a bowl, combine the hot water and saffron threads. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes, so they can release their aroma and color.
  • In a separate bowl, add the yogurt, saffron water, garlic, lemon juice, oil and some salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Refrigerate to chill.

For the spice mix

  • Place a small pan over high heat.
  • Add the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds.
  • Stir and cook until they release their aromas.
  • Transfer to a mortar and pestle. Beat until finely ground.
  • You will notice that the seeds continue cooking when removed from heat.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, the turmeric, chili powder and paprika.
  • Gently stir.

For the pakora

  • Place a deep pan over medium to high heat.
  • Add a generous amount of sunflower oil until the pan is halfway full.
  • In a bowl, combine the spice mixture, salt and sparkling water.
  • Cut the eggplants and zucchini in to horizontal slices and then into thin strips that are 0.5 cm thick.
  • Add them to the bowl along with the leeks and the coriander.
  • Toss to coat.
  • To make sure the oil is hot enough, pick up a small amount of the mixture with a spoon and add it to the oil.
  • When it is hot enough, fry the mixture in batches until golden.
  • When ready, remove from pan and let them drain excess oil on paper towels.
  • Serve the vegetarian pakora with the yogurt saffron sauce.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
8 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
9 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
6 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
8 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
2 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
8 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
7 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
1 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.