Vegetable Pakora

Abdul’s Vegetable Pakora.

The First Floor restaurant always prepares a delicious selection of street food for Carnival Day and the restaurant, which is, as the name suggests on the first floor (of 158 Cowley Road), the perfect point for viewing the procession from above.

The restaurant was founded by Abdul Shorkar together with his wife Lisa, he says: “We began our journey in the heart of colourful East Oxford in 2008, with the opening of our Pan-Asian Buffet. We provide a unique, fun-filled experience with a variety of freshly cooked food. We have specially trained chefs, all of whom have mastered specific cuisines to ensure an authentic taste from India, China, Thailand and Europe. All our food is fresh and locally sourced.”

Vegetable Pakora (Gluten Free)

Abdul says: “Pakoras are a very well-known Indian appetizer or snack, and popular with both vegetarian and meat eaters and one of our most popular dishes.”


2 large potatoes

¼ of head of broccoli or cauliflower

1 aubergine or a few green beans

1 onion

½ tablespoon of turmeric

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of cumin seeds

200g of gram flour

½ litre of vegetable oil

2 green de-seeded chilli


Start by preparing the batter by mixing the gram flour with salt, turmeric and the cumin seeds.

Cut or slice all Vegetables into small pieces and mix in batter.

Heat oil in a frying pan and start frying your pakoras until golden.

Drain access oil in a kitchen roll and enjoy.