Scottish start-up the Pakora Explorer has launched a range of pakora packs aimed specifically at the food-to-go market.
Produced from a family recipe and a secret blend of spices, the pakoras are available in three packs:
- Vegetable Pakora (190g): RSP £3.50
- Chicken Pakora (250g): RSP £4.20
- Mixed Vegetable & Chicken Pakora (340g): RSP £4
Each pack is fresh (and can be frozen), has a seven-day shelf life, comes with a tub of pakora sauce and is packaged in a recyclable tray with a recyclable cardboard wrap.
Handmade in small batches, the pakoras contain no additives, colourings or preservative and are also gluten-free. In addition, the vegetable pakora, dips and sauces are suitable for vegans.
The Pakora Explorer was launched in 2019 by Scottish woman of Asian origin Sheetal Revis.
She said: “Like many Asian families, food is a very important part of our culture. When my family moved to the Orkney Islands in 1988 to run a croft, the way to make friends was through food.”
Sheetal decided in 2019 to start making pakora commercially and opened a street food truck for events. Then the pandemic brought the events industry to a standstill. However, her pakoras were still in demand so she started selling them to food shops, delis and farm shops.
One point of difference between the Pakora Explorer and other brands, as Sheetal explained, is that the products are identical to those she makes at home: “We offer what we produce and eat on our own kitchen table that’s true to our roots – including the fact that there’s no chilli in the pakora because I surprisingly don’t like spicy food!
“This allows everyone of all ages and tastes to enjoy our products, which they can spice up if they prefer. We are already stocked in a few locations in Glasgow but aim to roll them out throughout the UK this spring.”
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