You can also make a batch and keep them in the oven on the warm setting to serve later, or pan fry or bake them. If baking, place 1 tablespoon of batter in each section of an oiled or nonstick muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F / 180°C. Flip them over and bake for 1 to 2 minutes for extra crispiness. Remove from the oven.
I’m going to be honest: I grew up having pakoras made for me all the time. I’d never made them myself—never had to—until I had my own family. I had to ask my aunts in Chandigarh to show me how they were able to whip them up for company so quickly—they’d have them mixed, cooked, and plated in minutes. Turns out, it’s not that complicated—it’s just a matter of having a few key spices handy to get the true Punjabi flavors.
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