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RECIPE DROP! Sweetcorn Pakoras!

Right now, sweetcorn is in abundance, so why not make the most of this seasonal star with some delicious crispy pakoras? This dish makes an excellent side dish or snack - but goes PARTICULARLY well with a cool glass of Rose and a good gossip with your best friend. YUM!

Our homemade Sweetcorn Pakoras; garnished with coriander and served with hot sauce.
Our homemade Sweetcorn Pakoras; garnished with coriander and served with hot sauce.

Sweetcorn: a powerhouse of goodness

Sweet corn is not only delicious - but a powerhouse of goodness too! Here are a few of its health benefits -

  • Sweetcorn is FULL of vitamin C - the big C, essential for a healthy immune system. Vitamin C also helps you feel energised, stimulates collagen and aids iron absorption.
  • High fibre content. Dietary fibre is essential for our health: it aids digestion, helps stave off heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.
  • Sweetcorn is rich in folate as well (AKA B9). Folate helps build healthy red blood cells and is essential for a healthy body, especially during pregnancy.
  • Also found in sweetcorn is another B vitamin: thiamine (vitamin B1). Thiamine helps break down our food, converting it into energy. Thiamine also aids in keeping the nervous system healthy.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 x ears of sweetcorn shucked (or 1 large can)
1 x red onion, chopped
1 x green chilli
4-5 sprigs of coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns

Flours

1 cup chickpea flour (AKA besan)
½ cup rice four

Oils

2 x tablespoon neutral oil for sautéing
3 inches vegetable oil for deep frying

To serve

5-6 sprigs of coriander
Hot sauce

Method

Fry off all your ingredients in 2 tablespoons of neutral oil. Keep a quarter of the sweetcorn mix aside and blend the rest into a batter with your flours and just enough water (¼ cup) so that you have a thick batter. Season generously with salt (the chickpea flour needs it!)


Heat your vegetable oil and when smoking, turn down the heat and ladle in a spoonful of your thick batter, 3-4 at a time and fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.


Decant onto a kitchen towel/greaseproof paper-lined plate.
Sprinkle with coriander and top with your favourite hot sauce and eat immediately. YUM!