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Onion Pakoda Recipe

Onion Pakodas are a good snack for a cold wintery day and best tasting when they are served hot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas



  • In a big bowl mix the dry ingredients together (besan flour, rice flour, cumin, coriander powder salt, and red chili, powder)
  • Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a small pan and add to the dry mixture.
  • Add the chopped onions to the flour and mix well (without adding water) and keep it aside for 5-10 mins
  • The dough begins to soften. Add 1-2 teaspoon water if it is not too soft yet.
  • Prepare the frying vessel over medium heat and start to fry the dough in bite-size lumps. If you are not sure if the oil is ready to fry, just test it with a small piece of dough. If the oil is ready, the dough rises to the top almost immediately.
  • Fry the onion pakoda until it gets golden brown color.
  • Serve with hot tea or coffee!


  • It is important that you add just the right amount of water and adding them gradually as needed.
  • Even before you add any water, you should let the moisture inside the onions do the job for you.
  • If your dough is still dry, then add water gradually in tablespoons.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg