Crispy Onion Fritters / Onion Pakoras

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Onion pakoras or fritters is a very popular snack recipe from Indian cuisine. Traditionally, pakoras are made from chickpea flour or besan, vegetables (such as onion, spinach, cauliflower, potato) and some Indian spices, and are deep fried until crispy golden brown. Pakoras are served with some mint coriander chutney or some ketchup. Enjoy!!


Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword onion fritters, onion pakoras, pakoras, pakoda, fritters
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jyoti Behrani


  • 1 large onion sliced lengthwise
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 green chili chopped (add to taste)
  • 1/2 TBSP red chili powder add to taste
  • 1/2 TBSP turmeric powder
  • 1/2 TBSP coriander seeds crushed
  • 1 TSP carom seeds/ajwain
  • 1/3 cup chickpea flour/besan
  • 1/4 cup water as needed
  • 3 TBSP hot oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for shallow frying


  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for batter using water as needed. Gently squeeze the onions to release moisture. Consistency of batter is semi-thick.
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadai. Add 3 TBSP of hot oil to the batter and mix well.
  • Lower the heat to medium, drop spoonful of batter, Fry for 3-4 min. Flip the fritters and fry on the other side for 3-4 min or until light golden brown. Fry the remaining fritters. Enjoy hot crispy fritters / onion pakoras with some hot tea!!







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