Okra Fritters with Yogurt & Mint Dip
Fritters or more commonly known as pakoras in Indian cuisine are a very common form of a snack- a standard in most of the Indian restaurant, easy and quick in preparation, can be found made in every household back home! Nothing can beat the love for deep fried food in India. The basic process is to dip any kind of diced vegetable (sometimes chicken) in a seasoned batter and deep fry it till it turns crisp and golden. Sometimes you can mix the vegetables together like potatoes and onions and fry them together. It is usually served with mint & tamarind chutney and or ketchup.
Traditionally the batter is made out of gram flour and is seasoned with salt, garam masala and turmeric, but in this recipe I used all purpose flour and seasoned it with curry powder and turmeric.
I chose Okra out of all the vegetables (apart for my personal liking for the vegetable) because it has a unique shape and has the ability to retain it as well- unless of course you overcook it. I made a creamy yogurt dip with mint instead of the traditional mint chutney – the cool yogurt compliments the hot fritters and the curry flavor from the batter. You can easily make this dish the next time you have friends over for dinner and bring the authentic Indian flavors to your dining table.
Things you will need:
For yogurt and mint dip
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tsp lemon rind
salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl, add chopped mint leaves and mix a little more.
For the fritters
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp turmeric
3 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
Oil for frying (vegetable or canola)
Wash Okra under cold running water, pat dry with a towel and trim the ends off. Put flour, curry powder, turmeric and salt in a big mixing bowl and combine with a metal spoon. Slowly add water while mixing the flour mixture in circular motions- keep on adding water to it till it reaches a batter like consistency. You want to keep it on a thicker side so that the batter sticks to the okra when you fry it.
Heat oil in a wok or a pan deep enough for frying. Once the oil is hot, dip the okra in the batter and fry on medium heat till it turn golden and crispy. Serve hot with the cool yogurt dip.