Apple and Walnut Fritters or Pakoras

 


Crispy, crunchy and sweet apple fritters; a total fall favorite with sweet apples and crunchy walnuts in a cinnamon flavored gluten-free, vegan batter! With lots of apples flooding the market nowadays, enjoying these unusual fritters or pakoras is very easy with just a few ingredients. They are a great teatime snack for any one!

Apple is a very versatile fruit. It tastes great as an after dinner healthy dessert; just a few slices and you will not crave for any sweet, calorie-laden dessert!

Fill them up in pies or apple pockets and your kids are sure to love you for it! My favorite is the Indian rice dessert, Apple Rice Kesari Bhaat!!  I have even seen them used in cakes and muffins or even cookies (hmmm, now that sounds like a soft cookie; not my kind!).

Today, I will be sharing an apple fritter or pakora recipe with you. Sounds unusual?  We Indians love our pakoras (deep fried fritters using vegetables like potatoes, onions, cauliflower etc. in a chickpea spicy batter), but apple pakoras?  Not really familiar with this!

Last week, when I was video chatting with my sons and daughters-in-law, they were so excited to share with us their Boston adventures during Halloween! They even dressed up in Halloween costumes and had a ball around town!

Being a foodie family, topic veered towards the variety of food they tasted and they mentioned about some chopped apple fritters that they had thoroughly enjoyed in one of the restaurants!

This made my foodie blogger bell tingle!! Some apples were lying in my refrigerator and I did not want to eat another slice as we have been having lots of apple lately as dessert! Apple pakoras sounded like something I would have loved to try and now was the best time!

So, off I went fishing the apples out of the fridge to make some for our evening snack with tea. Pakoras use only chickpea flour and some rice flour (for crunchiness) in a spicy batter. As apples were going to turn mushy in the fritters, I decided to amp up the quantity of rice flour with a little bit of chickpea flour and cornstarch for more crispiness.

I added cinnamon as my flavor (apples and cinnamon are the yin and yang in any dish!). To give these fritters more crunch and bite, I stirred in some chopped walnuts too(apples and walnuts; another match made in heaven). With some sugar and salt to taste, the batter was ready.

I then proceeded to add chopped apples (please do peel them) and chopped walnuts to the batter and once deep fried, I was floored by the taste. Crispy, crunchy, sweet (with a bit of saltiness), soft (the apples of course) and with a nutty bite of walnuts (now, that was the best part needed to complement the apples!).

I was so glad when my mother and husband went for seconds and thirds of theses super tasting fritters! This was a winner through and through!!

I am sure, once you try these, your family will love it too. Make sure to eat them right away (maybe with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar) to enjoy the crispy texture. In case they do get soft, flash fry them in hot oil and they will miraculously become crispy (I would say more!) again.

So, head on to the kitchen and try these delightful and unusual fritters right away!

Apple and Walnut Fritters/Pakoras (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Serves 4
Crispy, crunchy and sweet apple fritters in a vegan and gluten free batter; with delightful bites of healthy walnuts, it is a perfect tea time snack!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
300 calories
44 g
0 g
13 g
5 g
1 g
94 g
44 g
16 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
94g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
19%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 44mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
3%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup rice flour
  2. 4 tbsp chickpea flour/besan
  3. 4 tbsp cornflour
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 2 to 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  7. 1 cup peeled and chopped apples
  8. ½ cup chopped walnuts
  9. Oil for deep frying
  10. Extra powdered sugar and cinnamon for garnishing
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except apples, walnuts and oil.
  2. Add enough water to make a thick but flowing batter.
  3. Do a taste test and adjust the amount of salt and sugar according to your taste.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying.
  5. Stir in chopped apples and walnuts into the batter and give it a good mix.
  6. The batter should coat the apples and walnuts and if too thin, stir in some cornstarch or chickpea flour.
  7. If the batter is too thick, add some water.
  8. Once the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of apple batter into the oil and reduce heat.
  9. Fry on medium heat until crispy and golden brown.
  10. Drain on oil absorbent paper-lined plates.
  11. Serve hot, crispy cinnamon flavored apple and walnut fritters or pakoras immediately sprinkled with extra sugar and cinnamon.
  12. These crispies are best served hot. If they cool down, deep fry them again for a few seconds in hot oil and serve immediately!
  13. Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. For a quicker snack, peel, core and slice the apples into thin rounds, dip in the batter and deep fry.
  2. Adjust the quantity of rice flour, chickpea flour or cornstarch according to how crispy you want your fritter.
  3. For additional flavor, stir in a few drops of vanilla essence in the batter.
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calories
300
fat
13g
protein
5g
carbs
44g
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Curry and Vanilla http://www.curryandvanilla.com/

How to make Apple and Walnut Fritters/Pakoras:

  • In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except apples, walnuts and oil.

  • Add enough water to make a thick but flowing batter.

  • Do a taste test and adjust the amount of salt and sugar according to your taste.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Stir in chopped apples and walnuts into the batter and give it a good mix.

  • The batter should coat the apples and walnuts and if too thin, stir in some cornstarch or chickpea flour.
  • If the batter is too thick, add some water.
  • Once the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of apple batter into the oil and reduce heat.
  • Fry on medium heat until crispy and golden brown.
  • Drain on oil absorbent paper-lined plates.

  • Serve hot, crispy cinnamon flavored apple and walnut fritters or pakoras immediately sprinkled with extra sugar and cinnamon.

  • These crispies are best served hot. If they cool down, deep fry them again for a few seconds in hot oil and serve immediately!
  • Enjoy!!

I am sharing this with #FiestaFriday and co hosts Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Trupti @ My Culinary Saga

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5 comments

    • curryandvanilla says:

      Thanks so much dear 🙂 Do try these easy pakoras; they taste just like banana fritters and the walnuts give a nice crunch in between!! Happy FF!!

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