I learned to make vegetable pakoras from a friend of mine in NJ. She used to bring this to work quiet often. No need to mention that every time she brought it, she never got to taste even one:) Everyone at my work loved her pakoras, and was always waiting for her to bring it. Below is her recipe for veggie pakoras.
1/4 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup onion thinly sliced
1/4 cup potato slices, (about 1/2 inch wide)
5-6 green chillies, finely chopped (change the quantity per your taste)
1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds (Dhaniya)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
about 1 cup Gram flour (Besan)
1/2 teaspoon ENO powder
Combine all the above ingredients except water. Add a little water at a time and make a thick batter. If the veggies are not properly coated with the flour, then add some more. Heat oil in a frying pan. When hot, gradually add spoonful of pakora mixture into the oil. Deep fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove from the pan and let drain on an absorbent paper. Sprinkle with chaat masala, and serve with hot tea.
Note: You can add any vegetable of your choice into the batter. Sometimes I add methi (fenugreek) leaves and coriander too.