Pakoras are the Indian version of fritters. And there are so many different versions of pakodas that you will find in India. One of the key ingredient that you will find in almost all pakoras is gram flour. It is used as the binding agent as well as to coat the hero ingredient before frying. When you crave for something crunchy, a little spicy and hot, these onion pakoras are a great option. With common pantry ingredients, you can make these onion pakoras really quick and enjoy them with your tea!o

These onion pakodas are delicately light, crunchy & crispy with a hint of spiciness in every bite. This super addictive and delicious tea time snack is made with gram flour, spices, herbs and loads of onions. A big bowl of crunchy onion pakoda, chutney, some piping hot Masala Chai on the side, raindrops and soft music playing in the background – you reach food nirvana!! This is the magic of humble pakora.

So next time you are looking to make a quick and easy snack, do try out these onion pakodas!

Onion Pakoda

Course: SnacksCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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Pakoda also known as pakora are a deep fried snack from the Indian Sub-continent. These are made with besan (gram flour), salt, spices and a main ingredient like onion or a vegetable. Onion pakoda has onions as the key ingredient and these are the most popular snack in India.


  • Onion – 2 large, thinly sliced

  • Coriander Leaves – a small bunch, finely chopped

  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp

  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

  • Salt as per taste

  • Carrom Seeds/Ajwain – 1 tsp

  • Asafoetida/Hing – 1/8 tsp

  • Besan/Gram Flour – ¾-1 cup

  • Water – if needed

  • Oil for frying


  • Into a bowl, add the onion, coriander leaves, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, ajwain and hing and rub well with your fingers. Keep this aside for 15-20 min, as the onion will start releasing water.
  • At this stage, add the besan – half cup first and then little by little – and mix everything well into a thick batter. Add water only if needed.
  • Make small balls form this and add it to the hot oil and fry till golden-brown.
  • Serve hot with ketchup and mint chutney.

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