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Healthy Snacks: Crispy Onion Pakora / Fritters Recipe

Updated on December 9, 2016

Onion Pakoras are crispy fritters, a good accompaniment for hot coffee. They are spicy and delicious. The aroma of fried onions with gram flour is tantalizing!! Just try it once on a cold evening!

5 stars for Onion Pakoras / Fritters
Crispy Onion pakoras / fritters
Crispy Onion pakoras / fritters

Onion Pakoras - the best tea-time snack

Onion pakora has a distinct flavor. It is best eaten as an accompaniment to hot coffee or tea. It is a party snack, can be served as an appetizer. One more benefit is, when served in a combo, it adds taste to those foods which are otherwise bland. Sometimes it is served as a side dish too. Of course, it is a healthy snack. It has all the goodness of onion, which is considered as a very popular super vegetable! Believe me, making onion pakora is the easiest thing. It needs less variety of ingredients as well as less cooking time.

Cooking Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves four people


  • 5 onions, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour / besan
  • 1/2 tsp rice flour
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 15 curry leaves, chopped
  • 2 pinch coriander powder, optional
  • 1 pinch sugar, optional
  • 3/4 tsp salt, as per taste
  • oil, for deep frying

Making Onion pakora - Step by step instructions

julienned onion, chopped chili and curry leaves
julienned onion, chopped chili and curry leaves
spicy onion mix ready for frying
spicy onion mix ready for frying

Take julienned onions in a mixing bowl. Add chickpea flour, rice flour, chopped green chili, curry leaves, red chili powder, coriander powder(optional), sugar(optional) and salt. Mix thoroughly. Onion starts giving out moisture. Add few drops of water if needed. The mix should be almost dry in consistency. Before putting into the hot oil, you should be able to combine it in small portions. Start making pakoras immediately, otherwise, the mix may become soggy with the lapse of time.

Frying in progress
Frying in progress

Pinch out a small lemon size mix in your fingers, gently press them, so that, the mix holds together while frying. Drop it into the hot oil. Don't overcrowd, leave some space between the pakoras. Let the fire be high in the beginning. Lower the flame once the pakora gets golden yellow color. Turn the pakoras occasionally to ensure uniform frying. Continue frying till the pakora turns golden brown. Remove on an absorbent paper towel. Each batch frying takes around 4-5 minutes.

Repeat the procedure for the entire mix. Hot onion pakora is ready to serve. Enjoy eating pakoras with a cup of coffee!!

Nutritional Information of Onion Pakoras

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 119
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 187 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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