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5 from 11 votes

Onion Pakora Air Fryer

Onion Pakodas are a good snack for a cold wintery day and best tasting when they are served hot.
Prep Time9 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Gluten free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 276kcal




  • 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.


  • It is important that you add just the right amount of water and add them gradually as needed.
  • Even before you add any water, you should let the moisture inside the onions do the job for you. Do not add too much water at once.
  • Rice flour is optional but it will make the pakora crispy. If you do not have it, you can use cornstarch or tapioca flour instead.
  • Substitute the onion slices with shredded cabbage or carrots to prepare your own version of vegetable pakora.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket or set the air fryer to a high temperature. You may need to cook the pakoras in small batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • These onion pakoras can also be made in a traditional deep-fryer. Just follow the same instructions and cook for about the same amount of time or until golden brown and crispy. Serve hot with some chutney or ketchup!


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg