Onion Pakoras

Pakoras are generally served as an entree or can be had as a snack  – tastes great on a cold, wet evening with a cup of tea!!
This recipe is made only from Onions and the lentil batter.  A combination of mixed vegetables (mixed Vegetable pakora) or just cheese (paneer) (cheese Pakora) can be used as well to make tasty pakoras.
In order to make the pakoras crispy, the lentil flour and salt mix should be semi-dry and not a liquid batter.


1 ½ Cups Channa Dal or Split Pea Flour (available in indian grocery stores)
½ Cup Rice Flour
2 Medium Sized Onions (Finely Sliced length wise)
1-2 Finely Chopped Green Chillies
¼ inch Piece Ginger
2 Tbs. Chopped Cashew nuts
Few Chopped Coriander Leaves
Few Chopped Curry Leaves
¾ Cup Water (enough to make a dry mix)
1 ½ Tsp. Salt

2 Cups Rice Bran Oil


In a large bowl mix the sliced onion and all the ingredients including the salt, adding the water little by little to make it into a solid but dry mix.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan on a medium flame.
Take the batter between the fingers in your hand or take a spoonful of the batter and drop it into the oil carefully.
6-8 pakoras can be fried in one batch depending on the size of the pan.
Fry them till they turn golden brown
Repeat the process till done

It is ready to be served

Note:  You mad add some flour to make it into a dry mix if the batter is semi solid or liquid



  1. Vineetha Krishnan says:

    Recipe perfect for this weather ….. tempted to make it today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Shobha Krishnan says:

      You bet Vini – enjoy!!!the dry mix makes it really crispy like the ones you get on the roadside in India!!!

  2. Lovely, i love this, and been meaning to make some myself. Thanks for sharing this recipe.