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Pakora or Pakoda is a fried snack (fritter), very popular in Indian Cuisine. Pakora can be made using any vegetable, paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) or even with meat. Basic ingredients for making pakoda is besan or chickpea flour, mixed with Indian spices, and vegetables such as onion, chili and the batter is deep fried, resulting in crunchy from outside and soft from inside pakoda. Served with some green chutney (coriander mint chutney) or ketchup. Pakoda are mainly served as a snack but Punjabi Kadhi is one such main course where pakora are dipped in a kadhi and served. Today, instead of deep frying the pakora, I am making pakora in a Appe/Appam pan on a stove top. A twist to a traditionally recipe, without compromising on taste. A healthier version of pakoda. Enjoy!!



Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: pakoda, pakora, fritter
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Stove Top
Yields: 16 – 20 pakoda 
Author: Jyoti Behrani

Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min

Ingredients For Pakoda / Appe Batter:
1 cup besan or chickpea flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green chili, chopped (optional)
1 TSP turmeric powder
1 TSP red chili powder
1 TSP coriander seeds
1/2 TSP ajwain / carom seeds
1/8 TSP Baking soda
2-3 TBSP fresh methi leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
2 TBSP oil
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup water (as needed)
Salt to taste

Additional oil for making pakoda.

Instructions for Stove Top Cooking:
Step 1: In a bowl, mix together ingredients for pakoda batter, add water as needed and make a semi-thick batter. Keep it aside for 10 min.
Step 2: After 10 min. Heat the Appe pan, add few drops of oil in each hole. Add around 1 TBSP of pakoda batter in each hole.
Step 3: Cover and cook the pakoda on medium to low heat for 4-5 min  or until the base turns golden brown in color.
Step 4: Flip the pakoda on the other side, add few drops of oil, cook for 4-5 min or until pakoda is golden brown in color.
Step 5: Remove from the pan and serve hot with green chutney.


  1. You can make pakoda using any vegetables of your choice such as onion, eggplant, potato, cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers, paneer, or even meat, chicken.
  2. Adjust spiciness as per taste.

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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