Crispy, healthy air fryer recipes

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Heard of anything which is crispy, fried and healthy at the same time? Yes, this is not a joke. Cooking in an air fryer is a game changer. Here's a look at some of the recipes that you can prepare with little or no oil.



Pakoras

Ingredients

Diced onions, potatoes and cauliflower (1 cup each)

Chopped spinach leaves (1/2 cup)

Grated ginger (1 spoon)

Chickpea flour (1 cup)

Water (1 cup)

Oil (in a spray bottle)

Salt (3/4 spoon)

Chilly powder (a pinch)

Carom seeds (1 spoon)


Method

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Take a bowl. Add all the vegetables, carom seeds, chickpea flour, salt, chilly powder into the bowl. Transfer the chickpea flour into the bowl. Add the relevant amount of water to the mix.

Step 3: Take parchment paper and add small holes to it.

Step 4: Once your air fryer is pre-heated, carefully add the parchment paper into the basket and spoon the mix on it without touching the corners of the air fryer.

Step 5: Spray oil on the fritters using an oil spray.

Step 6: Cook for 8 minutes on each side and pierce a toothpick into them to check if they have cooked properly.

Step 7: Transfer the cooked pakoras on a tissue and enjoy.


Apple cinnamon cupcake

Ingredients

Chopped and pealed apples (2 small ones)

Cinnamon powder (2 teaspoons)

Brown sugar (1 cup)

Lemon juice (1/2 teaspoon)

Softened butter (3 teaspoons)

All purpose flour (1 1/2 cup)

Eggs (2)

Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)

Milk (4 teaspoon)

Baking powder (1 1/2 teaspoon)

Baking soda (a pinch)

Silicon cups (for baking)


Method

Step 1: Preheat air fryer to 200 degree Celsius for 12 minutes.

Step 2: In a bowl, add apples, lemon juice, cinnamon powder and sugar and mix them together. Set it aside.

Step 3: In another bowl, whisk melted butter, vanilla extract, eggs and milk. Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda into the whisked batter.

Step 4: Mix all the ingredients together using a spatula and make sure there are no lumps.

Step 5: Transfer the bowl containing apples, lemon juice and sugar in the batter and mix them well.

Step 6: Line cupcakes with some butter.

Step 7: Once the air fryer is heated, pour the mixture in the silicon cups and fill them 3/4th.

Step 8: Place the cups into the basket and air fry them for another 10 minutes.

Step 9: Check if the cupcakes are ready to eat using a toothpick. Take them out on a tray and keep them for another 2-3 minutes. Scoop them out carefully and enjoy.











Crispy vegetables

Ingredients

Diced pumpkin, zucchini and cauliflower (1 cup each)

Baby carrots (1 cup)

Chopped mushroom (1 cup)

Diced onions (1 cup)

Diced red pepper (1/2 cup)

Diced green pepper (1/2 cup)

Salt (as per taste)

Pepper (1/4 teaspoon)


Method

Step 1: Preheat air fryer for 10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.

Step 2: Rub oil on your palms and coat it on the vegetables.

Step 3: Season them with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Transfer vegetables to the fryer basket.

Step 5: Air fry them for another 10 minutes, stirring them after five minutes.


Chicken (or paneer) tikka masala

Ingredients

Boneless chicken (or paneer) diced (500 grams)

Hung curd (3 cups)

Salt as per the taste

Grounded pepper (2 spoons)

Turmeric (2 spoon)

Chilly powder (a pinch)

Diced green pepper (1 cup)

Diced red pepper (1 cup)

Diced onion (1 cup)

Tomato (1 cup)

Grated ginger garlic (2 spoons)

Grated garlic (1 spoon)

Skewers (dipped in water)


Method

Step 1: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients and set them aside for at least an hour in the refrigerator to marinate. Make sure all the ingredients are coated evenly to infuse their flavours together.

Step 2: After an hour, put chicken (or paneer) pieces and vegetables on skewers in such a way that all ingredients fit on the skewers.

Step 3: Preheat your air fryer for 10 minutes at 200 degree Celsius.

Step 4: Add the skewers carefully on air fryer's based and cook them at the same temperature for another 15 minutes by tossing them after 7 minutes.

Step 5: Carefully pull out the skewers with tongs and enjoy!


Corn on the cob

Ingredients

Peeled corn (one)

Salt (as per taste)

Olive oil (one teaspoon)

Butter (optional)


Method Step 1: Preheat air fryer to 180 degree Celsius for 7 minutes

Step 2: Take olive oil on your palms and rub it on the corn's surface.

Step 3: Add salt and pepper to it.

Step 4: Break corn into two pieces to fit it in the basket.

Step 5: Air fry it for another 7 minutes flipping it midway. Make sure that corn kernels are light brown.

Step 6: Add butter, if needed.


Poori

Ingredients

Wheat flour (1 cup)

Oil (1 tablespoon)

Salt (1/2 teaspoon)

Water (1/4 cup)

Salt (as per your taste)

Warm water (as needed to knead the dough)


Method

Step 1: Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Add water and knead it into a dough. Make sure that the dough is soft.

Step 2: Add oil to the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Preheat your air fryer for seven minutes at 180 degree Celsius.

Step 4: Divide the dough into small balls and roll them into rotis. Make sure that their surface is not too thin.

Step 5: Add holes to parchment paper and place it in air fryer's basket.

Step 6: Place rotis on the parchment paper. Make sure that they don't overlap each other. It will ensure even cooking.

Step 7: Cook them for 3 minutes or until the bubbles appear on their surface. Flip them over and cook for another two minutes.

Step 8: Once the pooris start puffing, transfer them to a plate and enjoy.


Crispy gobi

Ingredients

Diced cauliflower (500 grams)

All purpose flour

Corn flour (2 tablespoon)

Crushed black pepper (1/2 teaspoon)

Red chilly powder (1/2 teaspoon)

Soya sauce (1 teaspoon)

Salt (as per taste)

Ginger garlic paste (1 teaspoon)

Water (as required)

Silicon brush


Method

Step 1: Add warm water to cauliflower and keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Step 2: In a bowl, add all purpose flour, corn flour, crushed black pepper, chilly powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, and soya sauce. Mix them well.

Step 3: Add water to the bowl to prepare a thick batter.


Step 4: Transfer the soaked cauliflower on a plate and let it dry. Sprinkle some all purpose flour on cauliflower to let the former soak the remaining moisture.

Step 5: Add cauliflower to the batter and coat each piece with the batter.

Step 6: Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Step 7: Set the air fryer on 180 degree Celsius for 12 minutes.

Step 8: Transfer cauliflower pieces from the bowl into air fryer's basket using a spoon. Do not overlap the pieces.

Step 9: After 12 minutes, check the pieces and coat oil on them using a silicon brush.

Step 10: Let it cook for another 5 minutes at 180 degree Celsius. Transfer the cooked vegetable to a plate and enjoy it as a snack or a main dish.


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