Thank you to MockMill for sending me a new grain mill so I could make Zucchini Pakoras.
Zucchini Pakoras. They are one of our favorite appetizers. If you aren’t familiar with them, pakoras are a snack fritter made with very few ingredients like onion, eggplant, potato, paneer (cheese) or cauliflower batter fried in a grain flour. Keep reading and I’ll not only share how I make them, but how to save $80 on a stand mixer attachment called MockMill so you can grind your own flour!
My neighbor dropped off a bounty of zucchini from her garden for me the other day. My mind immediately went to making pakoras!
I use chick pea flour as a base for my pakora batter. Chick peas are full of protein (14.5 grams per 1 cup of chick peas) which means I’m sneaking in more nutrition than some vegetables when I make pakoras..
I haven’t made my own flour for ages, because the grain mill I had took up too much counter space. But this summer I got a special new attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer called the MockMill. I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s going to change the way I bake because it’s so easy!
Making chick pea flour can be tricky, since sometimes those pesky chick peas clog in your mills hopper. By slowly pouring the chick peas in your Mockmill in small batches, you should have success! I found if I added too much at once I would clog my mill and have to start over.
For spices, I like to buy my spices in bulk when I can, it’s more affordable and it means they are fresher. Just like being able to grind my own flour! You can control the flavors of your pakoras adjusting your seasonings to taste. I actually like to make mine a little spicier than the measurements below. More chili powder will make things a little more spicy, and in some cases, less kid friendly.
1 cup freshly ground chickpea flour (about 92 grams)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
About 3/4 c.water
3-4 large zucchinis sliced no more than 1/4″ thick.
Oil for frying (I use canola)
Combine your flour and spices in a large bowl, blending well. If you’d like, you can sift them together.
Make a small well in the center of your flour and slowly add the water. Chick pea flour can get clumpy quickly, so it’s best to add the water a little at a time. Your batter will be thick.
Heat the oil in a large pan to about 375 degrees on medium heat. You do not need the oil to be very deep because your slices are thin!
Dip your zucchini slices into your batter to get a thin coat. Place them carefully in the hot oil to avoid splattering. Fry them in small batches until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove them with a slotted spoon or spatula. Drain on paper towels before serving.
If you love being in the kitchen, you’ll love being able to grind your own flour. It really is a game changer. From muffins to pancakes, being able to have fresh flour is wonderful. I will warn you, it make take some experimenting to get your recipes just right, as using freshly ground flour is sort of like using fresh eggs from backyard hens, it might change the outcome of your recipe. I’m going to suggest you read about grinding your own grains as well as investing in a small kitchen scale.
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one specially reprinted book “Flour Power”,
2# bag of Rye,
2# bag of Oat Groats,
2# bag of Red Fife,
2# bag of Spelt.
$280 value for just $179.00 — when the mill originally retails for $229! This discount is only good through August 31, 2016
I’m so thrilled to be milling my own grains and having more control over what goes in the food my family eats! My oldest has Autism, and it really makes a difference avoiding all the “junk” – pancakes got a lot more fun, and I think I’ll be challenging my kids to come up with fun ideas of things to make with our own flour!