Try This Snack at Your Downtown Ottawa Indian Restaurant
When we think about Indian cuisine, many of us immediately think about curry; mixtures of meat or vegetables in delectable gravy. Equally delicious are the options for appetizers, especially when dining at your favorite restaurant downtown Ottawa. Pakura is a versatile and popular fried snack that is perfect as comfort food at home or a dinner party appetizer. Although popular in Indian cuisine, it is also found in Afghan, Pakistani, and Chinese cuisine. It is especially popular in Great Britain.
What is it?
Pakura is a type of fritter that is made up of select vegetables or meat that are dipped in chickpea batter before being fried in oil. Popular selections include eggplant, onion, potato, paneer, cauliflower, or chili pepper. Meats like fish or chicken might also be used, or even bread. The most popular varieties include pyaaz pakora, made from onion, and aloo pakora, made from potato.
Snack or Meal?
Although Pakura is usually served as a snack or appetizer with a side of chutney or other sauce for dipping, it is sometimes expanded to a full meal with yogurt based cream sauce. It is also popular as a snack at weddings where it is served to guests with chia.
Interestingly, pakura has become popular in Scotland where haggis pakura is enjoyed. This fusion food combines Indian flavors with traditional Scottish haggis for a unique blend of tastes. Haggis fusion has spread across several traditional foods including spring rolls, lasagna, and even quesadilla! The haggis, consisting of sheep heart, liver, and lungs, is prepared as usual. The skin is then discarded and the contents are then broken up to mix in spices. The haggis is then formed into balls and dipped into chickpea batter before deep frying each ball to a crisp, golden brown. Haggis pakura is served with a dipping sauce to compliment the flavor. You’ll hardly believe that there are even some versions of vegetarian haggis! This haggis is made with mushrooms instead of sheep products and it can be incorporated into vegetarian diets.
Whether it is haggis or more traditional vegetable pakura, consider adding this delightful appetizer to your next meal. Head out to your favorite Indian restaurant in downtown Ottawa for a full meal or just a pakura snack.