Preheat your air fryer to 400F.
Take a big mixing bowl and add the onion slices and salt. Gently massage the onions and let them sit for 5 minutes.
1 large onion, Salt to taste
Next, add the besan flour, rice flour, cumin powder, salt, and chili powder.
1½ cup besan flour, ¼ cup rice flour, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon red chili powder
Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a small pan and add to the dry mixture over the onions and stir until everything is well coated. The gram flour batter slowly begins to soften.
2 tablespoon corn oil
Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if it is not too soft yet.
Scoop the onion mixture into the air fryer basket and spread it out in a single layer in the preheated air fryer.
Air fry at 380 F for 12 minutes and use an oil spray in between if the pakoras appear to be turning out too dry.
Continue to cook until the pakoras show a golden brown and crispy texture.
Crispy Pakoras are ready to be served with masala chai or with your favorite dip.