Chicken Pakora

We all love chicken pakora, don’t we? It’s always a delicious and crispy snack to enjoy with friends and family. But you know the right sauce can make it even better. I’ve spent years tasting different combinations and I’m excited to share my favorites with you. It’s always an honor to share your experience and I know chicken pakora is one of the best chicken dishes. These ten sauces will take your pakora game to the next level.


1. Mint Chutney

A classic mint chutney is always a good idea. It’s refreshing and it adds a cooling effect to the hotness of pakora. To create it, I combine mint leaves, cilantro, green chilies, and lemon juice in a blender. Then it’s good to add some yogurt for creaminess followed by salt and cumin as seasoning. It is a very basic recipe but it always tastes just perfect. Nothing beats the contrast between cool mint and warm, crispy pakora.


2. Tamarind Sauce

If you’re looking for something sweet and tangy, tamarind sauce is the way to go. This is made by soaking tamarind pulp in hot water and then mixing it with jaggery, cumin, and a bit of chili powder. You need to let it simmer until it thickens up nicely. The result is a sauce that’s complex and flavorful. It might sound a bit odd if you haven’t tried it before, but trust me, it works wonders with chicken pakora.


3. Garlic Aioli

I know garlic aioli isn’t a traditional Indian sauce. It pairs surprisingly well with chicken pakora. I mix mayonnaise with minced garlic, lemon juice, and a touch of olive oil. Then you need to season it with salt and pepper. The creaminess and the strong garlic flavor complement the crispy pakora perfectly. It’s a bit of a twist on tradition but sometimes that’s exactly what you need to spice things up.


4. Mango Chutney

When mango season arrives, I always make sure to whip up a batch of mango chutney. It tastes sweet and spicy, and it goes great with pakora. I buy ripe mangoes and cook them with sugar, vinegar, and a mix of spices. You may like to add some red chili flakes for a bit of heat. The combination of sweet and spicy flavors works really well with the savory pakora. It’s like a little taste of summer, even in the middle of winter.


5. Cucumber Raita

Sometimes, especially when the pakora is extra spicy, you need something to cool things down. That’s where cucumber raita comes in. It’s super simple to make – just mix yogurt with grated cucumber, chopped mint, and a sprinkle of roasted cumin. It’s cool, it’s refreshing, and it balances out the heat of the pakora perfectly. The creamy texture is a nice contrast to the crunchiness of the pakora.


6. Lemon-Herb Sauce

If you’re looking for something bright and zesty, you can try lemon-herb sauce. You need to mix Greek yogurt with lemon zest, lemon juice, and finely chopped herbs like dill and parsley. A little honey balances out the acidity. This sauce adds a fresh, tangy kick to your pakora. It’s especially good in the summer when you want something light and refreshing.


7. Smoky BBQ Sauce

I know what you’re thinking – BBQ sauce with pakora? But don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. The smokiness of the BBQ sauce actually works really well with the spices in the pakora. Some people would like to mix my favorite BBQ sauce with a splash of apple cider vinegar and a dollop of honey. Then you can add some smoked paprika for extra depth. It’s an unexpected combo, but it just works.


8. Sriracha Mayo

For those of you who like it hot, this one’s for you. Sriracha mayo is super easy to make and packs a punch. You need to just mix mayo with sriracha sauce and adjust the ratio depending on how spicy you want it. A squeeze of lime juice brightens it up. The creaminess of the mayo tempers the heat of the sriracha, making it perfect for dipping your pakora.


9. Sweet Chili Sauce

This Thai-inspired sauce is always a hit at my dinner parties. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and it goes great with pakora. Make this sauce usually starts with store-bought sweet chili sauce and jazz it up a bit. You can add a splash of rice vinegar and some chopped cilantro. The sweetness balances out the spices in the pakora, while the chili gives it a nice kick.


10. Peanut Sauce

Last but not least, let’s talk about peanut sauce. It might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to pakora, but trust me, it’s delicious. It is made by blending peanut butter with coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice, and a touch of brown sugar. Sometimes you can add some chili flakes if you are in the mood for heat. The creamy, nutty sauce is a great contrast to the crispy pakora.


Now, I know that’s a lot of sauces to choose from. But who says you have to pick just one? When you are hosting, you would like to set up a little pakora platter with a few different sauces. You can put the chicken pakora in the middle and surround it with small bowls of 3 or 4 different sauces. It looks great and it lets everyone mix and match to find their favorite combination.

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