Onion Pakoda

onion pakoda


Onion – 1 cup (sliced very thin)

Gram flour- 1 cup

Rice flour-1/4 cup

Curry leaves- 4 to 5 leaves

Baking powder- 1/2 tsp

oil- 2 tbsp

Green chillies-1 (minced)

Red chilli powder- 1 tsp – 1 1/2 tsp (according to your spice level)

Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp

salt- to taste

Oil for deep-frying


Slice onion into very thin strips.


Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. (add red chilli powder according to your spice level) Add onion, minced chilli and 2 tsp oil to this mixture and combine everything well.

onion pakoda

Sprinkle very little water (1 to 2 tbsp) and mix.  Mixture should not come to a dough consistency, it should just come together when pressed gently.

Heat oil in a frying pan and take a ping-pong ball size mixture in your hand, press very gently and drop into the oil slowly.


Fry until golden brown and remove and place them on a paper towel. (Do not shape or press the dough mixture too hard while dropping into the oil). The long strips of onion slightly coated with flour gives a wonderful crunchy texture.

onion pakoda

Enjoy with tomato ketchup or just plain!


23 thoughts on “Onion Pakoda

  1. I associate Pakodas with rain all the time. These are perfect for that kind of weather..crispy, spicy and delicious. Its been a while since I made them and your Pakodas are tempting me to make them right away. Yummm!

    • Isn’t it Sonali?? We always do associate spicy or deep fried items with rain…or even hot tea or coffee for that matter… As the rain showers, my husbands goes ” is there anything spicy and hot to eat”?

  2. You know? I don’t think I ever knew you lived in California! Hmm. Onion pakoras are by far my favourite, everyone has favourites, I like the onion ones…and spinach those are good too. Actually, I like all of them. And I agree rain and pakoras go so well together. I could eat that whole plate, they look soooo good.

    • Thank you!
      Its not your fault Nazneen, guess I had not mentioned it in my earlier posts 🙂 when it comes to pakodas, its really a hard time choosing which one is the best.. I like all of them..

    • Thank you! Its a pleasure to discover new and interesting blog like yours…
      Ofcourse! my day never ends without having a cup of chai and I always like to drink my tea while having these pakodas.. you have a great weekend ahead…

    • These are yummy Angie.. the gram flour coating on the sliced onions when fried gives a wonderful crispy texture and no one can stop having just few..

  3. Deepti, watching a movie and munching away on these delicious crispy, spicy fried onion pakodas sounds absolutely delightful to me – they look so wonderful – what a fantastic snack, rain or no rain!

    • Thanks Andrea! Having a toddler around, I usually do not get to watch anything completely… but when I get an opportunity like this, I want to enjoy it to the fullest 🙂

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