Kale Pakora Patties are a healthy appetizer perfect for a party. Kale is dredged in a chickpea batter and baked to a crispy patty. Bring on the healthy eating.
I am tickled
pink green by these Kale Pakora Patties. I’ve been working on them for a while and am finally happy with the results. Thank goodness because I thought they would be perfect for this months Recipe Redux theme, patties. Recipe Redux is a once a month recipe challenge for healthy food bloggers. I’d actually started working on this recipe before the theme was announced, another serendipitous moment. This recipe is a food rescue, taking a food we love but is loaded in fat and making it healthy. In this case, I rescued deep-fried kale pakora. We fell in love with them at a restaurant called Chai Pani. It is all about Indian street food. Their kale pakoras are batterd and deep-fried kale fritters and are so addictively good. I wanted to capture the flavor but leave out all the oil.
We have been trying to cut down on eating out. I think that is really the hardest part about eating healthy. We love to eat out and try different foods and flavor combinations. Since we live near Atlanta, there is no shortage of amazing restaurants. It is really hard to eat out and eat healthfully. Most restaurant food is loaded in sodium and fat, so I am trying to recreate some of these flavor combinations in new and healthy ways. This was definitely a success.
I was shocked that even my little one liked these. There are green leafy things in it. Usually that means she sticks her nose up in the air and refuses to try it. More and more I’m trying to “think outside the box” to rescue food we love and make it healthy. Sometimes it’s the texture that I want to capture, other times it is the ingredients and sometimes it is the flavor combination. This was all about the flavor combination with a little crunchiness. I could eat lots and lots of these. Chickpea flour is the ingredient that brings this dish together. You cannot substitute wheat flour. The taste won’t be there. I usually have to go to an Asian store to find chickpea flour. You might also see it named “Chana” flour. That is chickpea in Indian. Another added bonus, chickpea flour is gluten-free.
It is also perfect timing for this dish because we are coming up on Navroz, New Year for Parsi’s and many other cultures. It is a tad confusing that Parsi’s tend to have New Years twice a year. It took me a while to figure out the difference. The one in March, which is the Spring Equinox, is the main one. We will have a party to go to with other local Parsis, people of the Zoroastrian religion who emigrated to India in the 10th century. You usually have an auspicious meal with Mori Dal and Prawn Patia and set up a table with auspicious items. I haven’t quite figured it all out yet and it seems to vary from family to family. My husband, like most men, never paid attention to what his Mom did so I have to wing it. It’s probably not right but it is our own creation. At least I know there is chocolate involved. Parsis are very big on having a little sweetness in your mouth. What a great excuse to have a small piece of chocolate every night.
I hope you enjoyed this food rescue recipe. It’s another step in our journey of healthy living one bite at a time.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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