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Pakoras are incredibly simple, bite-size appetizers that pack powerful flavor in a very small package. Kind of like an Indian wonton, or crispy ravioli. Trader Joe's Vegetable Pakoras are made just for us by a family-owned company that specializes in Indian cuisine. Pakoras are eaten as snacks or appetizers, and are thought to have originated in South Asia, though the exact location of their invention is unclear. Our Vegetable Pakoras are made by combining potatoes, onions, spinach, cilantro and other traditional Indian spices, coating the mixture in chick pea flour, rolling this mixture into small balls, and browning the individual morsels in canola oil. (Fun fact: in some parts of India, when onions are cooked this way, with no other veggies in the mix, they’re called bhajji.)
We've included a packet of Tamarind Sauce with each 8.5 ounce box of Vegetable Pakoras – this is a traditional dipping sauce for pakoras, and an ideal complement to the flavors of these little vegetarian bites. They bake to a crispy-outside, soft-inside finish in about 15 minutes. Each box is $3.99, every day. You'll find them in our freezers.