Spiced Vegetable Pakoras With Mango Relish

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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1 small eggplant cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini cut into 1-inch slices
12 medium cauliflower florets
6 large button mushrooms wiped and cut in half
1 1/3 cups chick-pea flour or- all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup ice water -- more if needed
4 Cup vegetable oil for deep-frying
1 medium lemon wedges
1 bunch coriander or parsley
---mango relish---
1/4 cup medium-sweet sherry
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 piece cinnamon stick
1 piece star anise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash ground mace
1 medium mango peeled -- pitted and diced
1 small red bell pepper seeded and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

Place the eggplant in a colander, sprinkle with the salt, and let drain while preparing the other vegetables. Blanch the zucchini and cauliflower florets separately for 2 minutes in boiling water. Drain, refresh under cold water, and dry well. Rinse the eggplant and pat dry. Combine the flour, coriander, salt, and curry powder in a large bowl. Gradually beat in the oil, lemon juice, and water until the batter is the consistency of heavy cream. Alternatively, place all the ingredients - except the water - in a food processor, and with the motor running, pour the water through the funnel until you have the right consistency. Heat 4 inches of oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan to 350F. Lightly whisk the batter and dip the vegetables in batches of 5 to 6, then slip them carefully into the hot oil. Fry the pakoras for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, turning them with a slotted spoon. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels, and keep warm in a moderate oven while you cook the remaining pakoras. Allow the oil to come back to 350F between batches. When all the vegetables are ready, garnish with lemon wedges and coriander or parsley and serve at once with the mango relish. MANGO RELISH: Place the sherry, water, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, salt, and mace in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the mango, bell pepper, and lemon juice; lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Spoon into a screw top jar and refrigerate until required. * Source: The Inspired Vegetarian, by Louise Pickford

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