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Gol Pakora Recipe

This Gol Pakora Recipe is a type of fried iftar snack, delicious, vegetarian, and gluten free. I made this up one day when guests showed up unexpectedly to the house. 

Gol Pakora Ingredients 

Gram Flour 8 tbsp. (baisan in Urdu)

2 medium sized potatoes well boiled and mashed

½ cup shredded cheese (a soft cheese like cottage is ideal)

Water 5-6 Tbsp + 1 liter 

Red chili powder ½ tsp + ¼ tsp

Salt ½ tsp + ¼ tsp

Garam Masala – a pinch 

Dry coriander seeds – pinch.

Baking soda – ⅛ tsp  

Ajwain – a pinch.

Zeera – a pinch.

Oil for frying 1 liter


  1. Boil the potatoes in water until soft (you can check by poking them with a butter knife, if it slides in easily, they’re done). 
  2. Shred the cheese. 
  3. Mix the potatoes, garam Masala, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ red chili powder, and cheese together into a soft dough-like mix. 
  4. Portion out balls of the mix with a teaspoon and form all of it into balls by rolling it between your hands.  
  5. Mix the gram flour, remaining salt and red chili, plus coriander, baking soda, ajwain, zeera in a large bowl. Add 4 tbsps. of the water and create a paste that is thin enough that it is the consistency of warm  cream, add more water if needed. 
  6. Heat the oil in a wok. 
  7. Dip in the balls one by one and, taking a fork, fish them out, shaking off the excess coating. 
  8. Once the oil is sizzling, add the balls one or two at a time, rotating them, making sure to separate them as you’re adding them to avoid clumps. 
  9. Let them cook, flipping occasionally, for about 2 mins, once they start getting a medium brown, take them out and drain the oil on paper towels. 
  10. Serve piping hot Gol pakoras with Green chilli chutney.
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