Broccoli Pakora (Fritters) Sticks

“Anything on a stick
Becomes fun to eat,
Be it sweet or savory
It’s a welcome treat.
Colorful and simple
Like burgers gone small,
These cute bright fritters
Should go up on a wall.
Pop them in,
With chutney of any kind,
Keep one eye on them
For they won’t leave your mind.
Like art in your mouth
It’s another bite in line,
This number 27
Is quite a favorite of mine.”
For the pakoras (fritters)
1 cup broccoli, grated or finely chopped
½  cup onion, grated
¼ cup red pepper, finely chopped (optional)
4 tablespoons gram flour
½ teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon coriander powder
3 tablespoons olive oil to pan fry
Salt & pepper to taste
5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
5-6 baby potatoes, boiled and halved
Coriander or basil leaves

Make the pakoras
Combine all the ingredients for the pakoras (except the oil) and mix well with your hands. Eventually the vegetables will start to leave a little water and the gram flour will help bind them, making a sticky mixture.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Make little ping pong ball sized rounds from the mixture and pan fry till crisp and brown. Rub a little oil on your hands before making the rounds so the batter doesn’t stick to your hands.
Sandwich the pakora between two halves of tomato or potato, secure with a toothpick and serve fresh with yogurt or mint chutney. A really easy & cute bite sized snack!