Pakoda is a very popular snack in India. Nothing can be more enjoyable in your leisure that a cup of tea & a few pakoda. Ohhh, do you want to know what is pakoda? Haha, it is actually fritters which are deep-fried after dipped into flour & spices made batter. Indians people feel like living in heaven when it is raining outside and somebody bring a plate of such pakoda & tea in front of him. Is it not true? If you are Indian then you have definitely tried several types of pakode in your life. Feeling like a proud foodie? Okay, did you ever try lettuce pakoda?
That too prepared with just-harvested fresh iceberg lettuce leaves. These lettuce pakora are really awesome and very easy to make at home. You just need to a bowl full fresh leaves or a whole head of lettuce plant.
As I am growing my own lettuce plants, so I do not harvest the whole plant rather I collect full-grown outer leaves from each plant. If the crown of lettuce head is not damaged then that plant will regrow again. Harvesting lettuce leaves from your own garden is really a joyful activity. If you did not experience it then you should try it this winter. I have grown my lettuce plants organically which are supplying fresh, healthy and tasty leaves throughout the year.
It needs only 4 main ingredients to make lettuce pakoda
Okay, let me explain it.
Apart from lettuce leaves, you need 3 ingredients to make its batter where you will dip lettuce leaves and then deep fry those leaves coated with batter. Those 3 ingredients are gram flour (besan), ginger paste & finely chopped green chilli. Ofcourse you need water to make the batter from those 3 ingredients and also you will need to pinches of salt to bring taste.
Lettuce pakoda recipe
- 1 lettuce head
- ½ cup gram flour (besan)
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilli
- Pinch of baking powder (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Refined oil for deep frying
- Wash fresh iceberg lettuce heaves under running water
- Now cut those leaves into small pieces
- Take gram flour, ginger paste, chopped green chilli, salt, baking powder in a bowl and combine all
- Now add water to make smooth batter (it should not be too thick or too thin, so adjust water quantity to prepare a perfect batter)
- Now dip handful lettuce leaves into batter and make a small ball with that
- Then heat oil in a cooking pot and deep fry those leaf balls coated with batter
- Now fry all those lettuce leaves this way and finally serve it with tea/coffee or puffed rice (muri/murmura)
I love to have those lettuce pakoda with puffed rice (muri/murmura). Those are really delicious and healthy too.