Maple Ham Hock Pakoras
A maple twist on the classic Pakora, filled with ham hock and spices. Cooks tip: serve these pakoras with a garlic rouille.
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Serves 4 portions Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Difficulty: Easy
1. Prepare the pakora mix by combining the ham hock, chickpea flour, milk, baking powder, lime juice and zest, carrot, shallot, parsley, garam masala, curry powder and onion seeds in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until well combined. Refrigerate until required.
2. Heat a deep fat fryer or pan with vegetable oil to 180ºC and add a dollop of pakora to the oil. After 2-3 minutes when the pakoras are golden and crispy remove from the oil.
3. Drain well before serving with garlic dip.
To Make The Garlic Dip
1. Add the peeled and diced potato and garlic to a small saucepan and pour in enough chicken or vegetable stock to just cover them. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until the potatoes are tender.
2. Remove from the heat and once cooled add the mixture to a blender. Add the egg yolks and blitz on a low-medium speed.
3. Slowly, add the oil in a thin, steady stream to thicken and emulsify the mixture - it should resemble mayonnaise.
4. Add in the maple syrup and season to taste. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a dash of hot water.