Lunchtime: unequivocally the best part of the day. But could it be better? Yes sir, it can. You don’t have to spend gobs of money going out, but you also shouldn’t be packing the same peanut butter sandwich year in and year out; there is a middle way. The path to becoming a lunch box buddha isn’t so hard. All you need is a good balance of inspiration and improvisation. Every week, we’ll make one or two packable recipes so that you have something new to fill your lunch box and your stomach.
Are you ready for some real talk? Okay. Pakoras are not real food. That’s right, they’re really just extra-delicious fritters. But sometimes you’re having a stressful week and the only thing that can get you through each day is the promise of fried food and fruit at during your lunch break.
Pakoras are easy to make and taste great on their own, wrapped in flatbread, or dipped a sauce like tamarind or cilantro chutney.
2 cups gram (garbanzo or chickpea) flour
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
2 cups of zucchini
1 cup of cilantro, chopped
1. Slice the zucchini into small pieces or grate it.
2. Stir the flour, salt and spices together and then add the water. Stir until it forms a dough.
3. Add the cilantro and zucchini to the dough.
4. Drop spoonfuls of the dough into hot oil to fry them. When they’re finished, let them cool on a paper towel.
+ Storage and eating: Since I like my fried stuff to stay crispy, ideally I freeze these and heat them up in a toaster oven or regular oven. If that’s not possible, I use a microwave. If none of that is possible, I let them sit at room temperature and eat them that way as well.