Squid Pakora | Hari Ghotra
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Squid Pakora

Indian Squid in Batter

  • Heat Hot
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info LACTOSE-FREE
  • Prep15 mins
  • Cook10 mins
Squid Pakora

Delicious deep fried squid with Indian spices and a chilli kick

Hari says

We've all had crispy battered squid rings served with aioli or tempura squid with a sweet and sour sauce but have you ever tried Indian spiced squid pakora with a mint chutney?

Well now is your chance to give it a go and lap up the crisp chickpea batter with a subtle hint of fennel all covering nice chunky pieces of fresh squid. I think it's delicious with lashing of my Fresh Mint Chutney but you can opt for a simple mayonnaise if you prefer.

To get the main ingredients for my Pakora recipe, check our my curry kit here.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 250g prepared squid, body opened out, scored on the inside, then cut into chunks or cut into rings, plus the tentacles
  • ½ tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 140g gram flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 7cm piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes


  1. Heat the oil to deep fry the squid on a gentle heat. Line a large bowl with kitchen paper, ready to drain the squid.
  2. Crush the cumin and fennel seeds and place into a mixing bowl.
  3. Into the same bowl sieve in the gram flour and add the salt, turmeric, ginger, garlic, chilli, lime juice and spring onions.
  4. Stir in a little water, a bit at a time, to get a thick batter.
  5. Placed the prepared squid into the batter and mix it well to coat.
  6. Check the oil is hot enough by dropping in a tiny drop of batter. If it browns and floats to the top staright away then it's ready.
  7. Very gently slip in a few pieces of the squid and fry for about a minute until it crisps up and turns golden in colour. Lift it out the oil and drain on the kitchen paper. You can then place these onto a baking tray and put them in the oven to keep warm.
  8. Repeat, using up the rest of the batter.
  9. When all the pakoras are cooked, put them on a platter, sprinkle with a little salt, some chilli flakes and serve with a mint dip.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)7
of which saturates (g)1
Carbohydrates (g)29
of which sugars (g)2
Fibre (g)5
Protein (g)19
Salt (mg)60
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (4)

  • Damian


    06 June 2017 at 17:00 |
    ?Mmmmmmmm....I Neeeeeeeeeeeed Squid Pakora now please!!??? ??


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      06 June 2017 at 17:20 |
      Hi Damian - funny you should say that because it's been a bit a fancy for me all day today too! You should try them they are delicious! Thanks so much for your comments. Hari


  • mark harvey

    mark harvey

    28 August 2016 at 10:49 |
    Crikey that pop up scared the living day lights out of me !!!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      30 August 2016 at 08:55 |
      Hi Mark - haha sorry about that! I'm hope it will get people following more on social so do spread the word!! Thanks Hari


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