Pakoras are fatty, ups your lousy cholesterol and downs your good cholesterol. They are lusciously deep-fried fellows, hard to resist their imperfect looking lure, and despite conscious efforts, you won't just stop at one.
I have given every reason not to love them.

But when they appear, they know they are winning. They never come alone. They always visit monsoon hefty, with numerous memories, endless tales, steamy cups of chai, loads of joy, tonnes of laughter all related to my childhood. I guess that's why despite the several reasons not to love them, I always find another reason to want to love them.

There are still other ways to splurge on them, making them healthy- by baking, but trust me when I say this, they can only be enjoyed when screamingly deep-fried, and hence I make them as occasional treats. Here is our recipe for Pakoras/Pakodas/Onion Bhajji.

Pakoras/Pakodas/Onion Bhaji

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins

1 cup chickpea flour or gram flour, or besan flour
green chilli, deseeded and chopped finely
1 tsp of ginger, minced
1 tsp of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp of black or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp of baking soda or asafoetida (recommended but optional)
1 tsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of fresh coriander, finely chopped
water as needed or about 1/4th cup
Oil for deep frying- I prefer Coconut or Canola oil for deep frying
1 onion, cut lengthwise or in squares thinly but uniformly

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except oil and onion. Mix all the contents to make a smooth, lump-free batter and adjust the water to make a thick pancake consistency batter.

Step 2:
In a skillet or any deep-frying pan, add oil and bring to a high temperature first. Once the oil has reached a reasonably high temperature, reduce the heat to a medium-high.

Step 3:
Add the chopped onions into the batter and mix well, coating the onion with the mixture.

Step 4:
Put a tablespoon of the batter to make one pakora and spread about 4 or 5 pakoras across the pan each time, and fry them.

Step 5:
Line a colander/Sieve with a kitchen towel, place the fried pakoras on them to absorb the excess oil.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with masala chai or with any favourite chutney or Strawberry ketchup.


1)This recipe can be used to make plain pakoras without adding any vegetables.

2) The reason to add onions just before frying is that onions release some of their moisture content once they contact the salt making the batter go thin.

3) Always test the oil for optimacy by putting a little batter mixture into the oil. The batter must instantly sizzle up onto the top and not sink into the oil.

4) I always fry the pakoras only to a moderate brown colour-the deeper the colour, the more is the oil content. Not ready to depart from the healthy tag.

5) To keep the pakoras from going cold, put them into a pre-heated oven until the last one is fried and serve them warm.



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  1. What type of pakoras do you like, plain or with veggies?

  2. Yum.

  3. Pakodas are always tempting irrespective of any season!

  4. What's not to love with pakoras right , and they look so good ! Perfect with a cup of tea .

    1. Perfect indulgence with chai. Thanks Nisha.

  5. Thank you for the fun post! After you sink your teeth into a delicious pakoras, you know that you are going to want a second one! These look so crispy and delicious. Perfect with a spicy chai. Take care

    1. Glad you loved the fun bit, but it's too addictive.

  6. I have never tried anything like this, and once in a while having food with high in bad fat it is okay...this looks and sounds so tasty...would love to try.
    Have a wonderful week ahead Hasin!

    1. Thank you Juliana, I agree occasional treats are welcome despite the fat. Happy week ahead.

  7. How could I possibly resist your fried chicken with so much flavor. This would make such a wonderful Sunday afternoon dinner!

  8. These pakoras look so yummy! What a great treat for any occasion.

  9. Oh how delicious! Pakora is one of my family's favorite dishes, both the vegetable and the chicken pakoras.

    1. Same with mine Denise. Lockdown has increased the indulgence of the otherwise fried foods and these pakoras are addictive too.


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