aloo pakora recipe, how to make aloo pakora | batata bhajji recipe

aloo pakora recipe

aloo pakora recipe with step by step photos – potato fritters or batata bhajji as i call them has always been a favorite snack at home.

cooked soft melt in the mouth potato slices…. golden and crisp… with some coriander chutney & tamarind date chutney…. fantabulous…..

the aloo pakora is also a street food snack in mumbai. near my office, a lady vendor would make these pakoras and we would often visit her during the breaks just to have these hot hot pakoras sandwiched in pav (indian buns), drizzled with green chutney, sweet chutney and garlic red chili chutney.

pakoras are an awesome snack that you will feel really good having in the winters or monsoons. they warm up your tea time with family and friends.

these aloo pakoras that i made were not heavy. generally they are. i was wondering what is the difference. i realized that i fried the pakoras in rice bran oil and that made a big difference. they were very light. i made both potato and spring onion pakoras on this day and both of them were light.

usually i fry them in sunflower oil and i do feel a subtle heaviness after having them. but not this time. rice bran oil is a good alternative to other oils.

i made the aloo pakoras for evening snacks with tea. i am showing a step by step method as i personally now many people, especially folks who are new to cooking do not get the texture of the pakoras as well the consistency of the batter right. each potato slice has to be coated completely with the batter and the pakoras should puff up while frying. thats an ideal aloo pakora.

i hope this step by step method helps you to make yummy as well as pakoras the way they should be made… better than what the halwais make :-)

step by step batata bhajji or aloo pakora recipe:

1: add all the dry ingredients for the batter in a bowl.  the dry ingredients are – 1 cup gram flour/besan, 2 tbsp rice flour, ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain, ¼ tsp red chili powder, ¼ garam masala powder, a pinch of asafoetida/hing, a pinch of baking soda (optional) and salt as required.

2: add ⅔ to ¾ cup water and make a medium consistency batter.

3: slice 1 medium sized potato with a knife and keep aside. avoid using mandolin slicer as the potato slices are too thin and the result is a pakora where the potatoes become crisp but not soft, when fried.

4: heat oil in a kadai. dip the slice in the batter and

5: add it to the oil. the oil should not be very hot or cool. before adding the pakoras, add a pinch of the batter in the oil. if it comes up too quickly the oil is very hot. it should come up steadily. if it does not come up or comes very slowly, the oil is not hot.

6: fry all the aloo pakoras this way till golden from both the sides. keep a bowl of water on the work surface, so that you can quickly rinse your batter coated fingers in the bowl and then dry them with a kitchen towel. this way your hands will be less messy while making the pakoras.

7: drain aloo pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

8: serve aloo pakora hot with coriander chutney or sweet chutney or tomato sauce. i served the aloo pakoras with homemade white bread and pomegranate chutney. while serving pakoras sprinkle ½ to 1 tsp chaat masala powder.

if you are looking for more pakora recipes then do check onion pakora, palak pakora, gobi pakoras, methi pakoras, paneer pakora and bread pakora with potato stuffing.

batata bhajji or aloo pakora recipe below:

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aloo pakora recipe
crisp golden batter coated fried potato slices.
RECIPE TYPE: snack, brunch
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 medium size potato/aloo
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • ¼ garam masala powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water
  • ½ or 1 tsp chaat masala powder for sprinkling on the pakoras
  • a pinch of baking soda (optional)
  • salt as required
  1. mix well all the dry ingredients with water.
  2. check the seasoning and add more if required.
  3. peel and slice the potatoes thinly in rounds.
  4. heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan.
  5. dip each potato slice in the batter and place it gently in hot oil.
  6. do these for some 5-6 potato slices each time.
  7. fry aloo pakoras till golden and crisp.
  8. drain the pakoras on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  9. finish off the remaining aloo pakoras this way in batches.
  10. serve aloo pakora hot sprinkled with some chaat masala powder.
  11. you can also serve aloo pakoras with chutney or tomato sauce accompanied with slices of bread or buns.
if you have gluten intolerance, then avoid adding asafeotida/hing in the batter as the ground ones have traces of wheat.

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  1. jiya asif says

    yeah…..I m really happy to c all the awsme recipes n I vl surely try to make these awsme recipes…oh I’m feeling happy…..

  2. himani sanwal says

    Dear Dassana,
    I have a doubt here. First, one cup besan for just one potato??? That means its too much of batter and it coated thickly. But on the other side, from ur pics I see that the batter is of medium consistency, not very thick.. Please throw light.

    • says

      1 cup of besan is enough for making a thick to medium consistency batter for 1 potato. 1 cup is about 150 grams of gram flour. of course the medium size will vary from place to place. so if the batter is left, then some potatoes can be added in it.

  3. mahsa says

    hey . love ur website a lot. I’m iranian married to Indian guy..tried ur aloo pakora as tried first time in my wedding..but unfortunately it dint become like urs. its not at all puffy. I added chickpea flour and rice flour and baking soda and salt.din have other ingredients. will b so happy if u can help me somehow thank you.

  4. Kimberly says

    This is the best website on Indian food.
    Its so easy to interpret with all the pictures and the recipes are delicious.
    I can see the amount of work put into this. 😀
    Thank You

  5. kamaljit says

    All the recipe from this website are so rich & delicious. My kids like everything whatever i tried from these recipes. Thanks a lot.

  6. says

    Hi Dassana,
    Like the recipe but never heard of rice bran oil. Now will have to go to a desi store here in New Jersey and will inquire about it. I have a question I have seen rice flour in the store but they sell it in really big quantities if I grind the rice it will be the same, right? And if cannot find the rice bran oil is canola oil ok in which I do all the cooking. Thanx

  7. Janardan Mali says

    Dear Dassana,
    Thank you vary much for the recipe.
    The Batata Bhajji recipe presented by you is a traditional recipe.
    Before wetting/coating potato slices my mother used to add one table spoon of hot oil from Kadhai to the batter to get more crispy potato pakodas. This adding of hot oil to batter is known as ‘ Mohan’
    Janardan Mali

    • says

      thanks mali ji. even we add some hot oil to the batter. i forgot to mention in the post. not only this method makes the pakoras crispy but the batter also soak less oil. thanks for letting me know that this technique is called ‘mohan’

  8. anchal says

    if you will add extract of garlic n ginger in the besan mixture then pakoras will become more crispy n yummy.
    just take garlic ,ginger n green chilli mash them and add little amount of water in it. take out the extract n then add to besan.