Onion Pakora

Onion Pakora

5 from 6 votes
This deep-fried snack is made with gram flour, salt, and an array of spices. A popular and much-loved snack during the cold winter season. Commonly served with a cup of masala chai, this pakora recipe is perfect for teatime.

Onion pakora, otherwise known as onion bhajis, are a deep-fried snack made with gram flour, salt, spices, and onions. A popular and much-loved snack during cold winters across India and Pakistan, this onion pakora recipe is extremely simple to make.

This classic Indian street food pakora can be served alongside a chutney or some prefer to enjoy it with a cup of masala chai. An onion pakora recipe that is guaranteed to give you crunchy and crispy bhajis every time.

Onion pakora is a common street food found all over Southeast Asia and they are certainly one of my most favourite appetisers to make. Not only because they are so simple to make, but because they taste so good!

My onion bhaji recipe uses minimal ingredients, but I make sure that my recipes NEVER compromise on flavour.

Personally, I like to use red onions. However, you could use brown onions or white onions if you want to. This onion pakora recipe is guaranteed to be delicious regardless of which onion type you use. I have a similar recipe using potatoes, so if you’re not a fan of onions then be sure to check out that recipe.

I have eaten many onion pakoras from many different places. Many of them have lacked crunch and flavour. On top of that, they seem to be so oily. I developed this recipe over the years and have ensured that these are the best onion pakoras you will ever taste.

Crunchy, flavourful and they don’t soak up much oil at all!

The best thing about this onion recipe is that you can whip up a batch whenever you feel like it. It doesn’t take much time and all you need to do is slice up a few onions and mix the spices, dip into the batter, and fry. There you have it! Your crispy and delicious pakoras are ready!

The main reason that this onion pakora recipe is so quick to make is that the batter doesn’t require any resting and there is no need to marinade.

It is very important that you only make the batter immediately prior to frying and add the onions as soon as you are going to fry. Otherwise, the batter will end up becoming runny and it will be difficult to fry the onions.

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Onion Pakora

by Nabeela Kauser
This deep-fried snack is made with gram flour, salt, and an array of spices. A popular and much-loved snack during the cold winter season. Commonly served with a cup of masala chai, this pakora recipe is perfect for teatime.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 125 kcal



  • Cut the red onions into thin slices and add into a bowl
  • Add the spices to the onions and mix until evenly incorporated
  • Add the gram flour and the rice flour then mix until well combined
  • Gradually add the water and mix until well combined – do not leave the batter to sit and fry immediately otherwise the batter will become runny
  • Heat a pan with oil for deep frying until medium-hot ensuring that the oil is not too hot – to test this you can add a small ball of the batter into the pan, and it should rise with tiny bubbles surrounding it
  • Gently add the pakoras into the pan using a tablespoon or your hands – there should be tiny bubbles surrounding them – and allow them to cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes until golden brown before flipping and allowing to cook for another 3-4 minutes until golden brown on the other side
  • Serve alongside a dip of homemade green chutney and enjoy!



Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 437mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fried, Indian, Onion, Pakora, Starters, Street Food
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