Sweet corn, Feta and Mango pakora

19 Nov

Sweet corn, Feta and Mango pakora

Is there ever a time which is not emotional or filled with guilt of some sort when you are a parent?

Sweet corn, Feta and Mango pakora by Deena Kakaya

Well, I am embracing (perhaps reluctantly) another emotional time in the life with my two year old sweetheart because we have been viewing nurseries for next year, when he will be old enough to join a proper, actual nursery. Really.

There will be someone else there, to tell him to take his shoes off and listen to his fabulously demonstrative story-telling about planets, squirrels and cars and someone else will be listening to why Neptune is blue and why we can’t go on Mars. There will be animated enacting, I am sure, for all the other children on the bubbling volcanic scenes that make Mars red but my boy’s imaginary friend will be there I hear, but of course. He will play and interact with other little people and I won’t really know them, or be there for any awkward or charming moments. I won’t see his face broaden with that adorable glee upon discovering something new, though he may turn around and say, ‘look mumma’. I will miss the cheeky charm of those moments where he will just grab my head and exclaim, ‘I love you so much mumma; you are a genius’. But this is growth.

Sweet corn, Feta and Mango pakora by Deena Kakaya

So today, I treated my tiny boy with some much requested crunchy, crispy pakora of Indian food influence (vegetarian fritters) with sweet bite of sweet corn, small nuggets of salty feta that oozes when hot and some chewy baked pieces of sunny and happy mango that the folk from Urban fruit sent me. All in all, the sensations left me feeling like another holiday. Alas, sunny treats like these golden and sumptuous pakora must keep me going.

If you are cooking a vegetarian Christmas meal, this is always a crowd-pleaser. If you are not cooking a vegetarian Christmas meal this recipe pleases nonetheless for a tempting and fun starter, canape or side dish.

Ingredients to serve 4-6

175g sweet corn

One large red onion, finely diced

100g feta cheese cut into small cubes

100g baked mango chunks from Urban fruits

1 tsp. cumin seeds

1 tsp. minced ginger

Salt to taste (remember that the feta is salty)

½ tsp. turmeric powder

½ tsp. garam masala

2 green chillies, choppped

100g gram flour

125ml water

Oil for deep frying


  1. Heat the oil on a medium flame.
  2. Combine the sweet corn, red onion, feta with all the spices, salt, chillies and mango chunks and combine well.
  3. Mix in the gram flour and coat all the vegetables, combining well.
  4. Add the water to make a thick batter and then drop a small amount into the oil to check that the oil is hot enough to fry; if the batter sizzles and rises to the surface then add the pakora in small mounds with your fingers, equivalent to the size of a couple of tablespoons of batter.
  5. Fry the pakora until they are golden brown and crisp before removing them onto kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
  6. Serve with chutney such as tomato, tamarind or chilli and coriander chutney.



12 Responses to “Sweet corn, Feta and Mango pakora”

  1. thespicyrd November 20, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    I remember those first days of “real” nursery school, and loved it when my son would come home after a long day at school (for him) and snuggle across my lap to take a nap! I have a feeling your boy will be just like mine, and still be giving you big hugs, and telling you how much he loves you even when he is 11 like mine 🙂 And, these Pakora? What fabulous taste he has-they look absolutely delicious!

    • Deena Kakaya November 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      My spicy friend, I really do hope so! feeling a proud, but reluctant weepy mother x

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy November 20, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    These look amazing. Feta and mango go so well together!

  3. recipesfromapantry November 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    I am really hungry and considering chicken nuggets and chips (yeap). What I wouldn’t give to have some of these instead.

    • Deena Kakaya November 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

      Who can say no to chips? Then again, the fingers that went straight into this told me that nobody could say no to these bites either x

  4. kellie anderson November 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    It is quite an odd realisation that your wee one will have a part of his life that you don’t know all about. resist the temptation to peek through the nursery window! But it is quite exciting to know that your wee man is soon to be experiencing new things.But probably not quite as tasty as these lovely sweet and savoury fried treats!

    • Deena Kakaya November 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      Oh Kellie, I am so proud and a bit weepy at the idea of letting go. He even passed an assessment to get into his nursery and he was so well behaved! I do miss the days of just bobbing him up and down on my lap and singing rhymes. xx

  5. helene dsouza November 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    That’s quite an interesting combination of pakora ingredients. Absolutely going into my recipe bucket list. =)

    • Deena Kakaya November 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks Helene, Please do let me know when you have tried it x

  6. duodishes December 2, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    A very sweet and thoughtful, comforting dish for you and your son. The mango and feta are great together.

    • Deena Kakaya December 2, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Ah thank you , it’s such a joy when my boy enjoys his food x

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