Onion Fritters (Pakoda)


Hot hot pakodas and a cup of masala chai (tea) – this will never go out of fashion on a rainy day. This is something every household in India have enjoyed for generations. Pakoda can be made with many vegetables, but nothing matches the taste of the onion pakodas. This oh-so-good snack is served with mint chutney or tomato sauce. But who needs accompaniments when something tastes this good anyway!

Serve hot pakodas with masala chai! Or serve them with churmuri for the perfect rainy-day snack!

 

Onion fritters served with masala chai

Onion fritters served with masala chai

 

Ingredients:

Onions – 2 large, thinly sliced
Besan (Chickpea flour / gram flour) – ¾ cup
Green chilli – 1-2, finely chopped or to taste
Curry leaves – 5-6 finely chopped
Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp
Cashew – 2 tbsp, broken (optional)
Chilli powder – ¼ tsp or to taste
Hot oil – 1 tbsp
Oil for deep frying
Water – ¼ cup approximately

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chilli, poppy seeds, cashew, salt, chilli powder
  2. Now add chickpea flour and mix together
  3. Pour 1 tbsp hot oil into the mixture. Oil should be so hot that as soon as you pour it, it starts to form bubbles on the flour
  4. Add water slowly and mix to form a batter. The onions should be coated well with the batter
  5. Heat oil in a deep fry pan or fryer. Once the oil is hot enough, take a small portion of batter and gently put it in the oil. Put 3-4 fritter in a batch and fry them on medium heat until golden brown
  6. Drain on a kitchen towel and serve hot

Notes:

  • The batter shouldn’t be too runny. The fritters will not be crispy if the batter is runny. At the same time the batter shouldn’t be too thick as well
  • Don’t fry them on low flame else the fritters will turn out very oily

 

Mix thinly sliced onion with gram flour and rest of the ingredients

Mix thinly sliced onion with gram flour and rest of the ingredients

 

Fry onion fritters in hot oil in batches

Put small portions of the batter in hot oil in batches

 

Fry until the onion fritters are golden and crunchy

Fry until the onion fritters are golden and crunchy

 

Drain on a kitchen towel

Drain on a kitchen towel

 

Pakodas served with churmuri

Pakodas served with churmuri

 

Perfect rainy-day snack!

Perfect rainy-day snack!

 

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