rice pakora recipe, chawal ke pakore recipe

rice pakora recipe with step by step photos – fried fritters or pakoras made from cooked rice or leftover cooked rice and gram flour.

these rice pakoras have a crisp texture from out and are soft from within. they are so good, you won’t come to know that these pakoras are made from rice. i make these pakoras when i have some leftover rice.

i prepare many dishes with leftover rice like idli, appams, kheer, cutlets, masala rice, lemon rice and these pakoras. talking of pakoras from leftovers, we also make pakoras from leftover chapatis or rotis.

these rice pakoras are quick to prepare and make for a nice brunch or evening snack. best served with green chutney or tomato sauce or dry onion-garlic chutney.

if you are looking for more pakora recipes then do check:

chawal ke pakore or rice pakora recipe below:

rice pakora recipe
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rice pakora recipe

rice pakora recipe - crisp and soft pakoras made with leftover cooked rice.

course snacks
cuisine indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup cooked rice (can be freshly cooked rice which has cooled down or leftover cooked rice)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped, Or ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) chopped Or ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 inch ginger (adrak) - finely chopped or grated
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 5 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 5 to 6 tablespoon water or as required
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying

how to make recipe?

making rice pakora batter:

  1. take the rice in a small bowl or pan. mash the rice with your hands or with a spoon. mashing the rice gives a soft texture to the pakoras.
  2. its always better to use rice which are cooked really well. 

  3. if the rice appears dry after removing from fridge, then just sprinkle some water on it and microwave for a few minutes.

  4. add all the rest of the ingredients to the rice - besan/gram flour, chopped onions & ginger, coriander leaves, green chilies and all the spice powders. add salt.
  5. mix well and keep aside for for 8 to 10 minutes. the onions would release their juices and make the mixture a bit soft. then you can add water as required.
  6. after adding water, stir and mix very well.

frying rice pakora:

  1. heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan.
  2. take spoonfuls and drop the mixture in hot oil. keep the temperature to medium heat.
  3. let the rice pakoras get cooked & browned lightly and then you turn them over and continue to fry.

  4. deep fry till the rice pakoras are crisp and golden. 

  5. drain on paper kitchen towels to remove excess oil.

  6. serve rice pakoras with green chutney or tomato sauce.

recipe notes

tips for making rice pakora recipe:

  • if making for kids, then skip the green chilies or red chili powder.
  • in case the pakora mixture becomes thin, then one or two tbsp of gram flour (besan).
  • if the mixture appears thick, then add a few teaspoons of water.


lets start step by step rice pakora recipe:

1. take the rice in a small bowl or pan. mash the rice with your hands or with a spoon. mashing the rice gives a soft texture to the pakoras. its always better to use rice which are cooked really well. if the rice appears dry after removing from fridge, then just sprinkle some water on it and microwave for a few minutes.

cooked rice for making rice pakoras

2. add all the rest of the ingredients to the rice – besan/gram flour, chopped onions & ginger, coriander leaves, green chilies, salt and all the spices.

mix ingredients for making rice pakoras

3. mix well and keep aside for for 8 to 10 minutes. the onions would release their juices and make the mixture a bit soft. then you can add water as required.

rice pakora batter

4. add water.

add water to rice pakora batter

5. stir and mix very well.

rice pakora batter, chawal pakora batter

6. take spoonfuls and drop the mixture in hot oil. keep the temperature to medium heat.

frying rice pakoras, frying chawak ka pakoras

7. let the pakoras get cooked & browned lightly and then you turn them over and continue to fry.  deep fry till the rice pakoras are crisp and golden. drain on paper kitchen towels.

fried rice pakoras

8. serve rice pakoras with green chutney or tomato sauce.

rice pakora recipe, chawal ke pakore recipe




33 thoughts on “rice pakora recipe | chawal ke pakore recipe | pakora recipes”

  1. I feel you should publish a book with all your recipes.. I will be the first to buy.. 🙂

  2. Wow!!! what a simple recipe….we went to Tirupati in AP n ate these pakoras….really yummy.my daughter liked it very much….surely going to make….thanks dear

  3. Usually I make some kind of fried rice with my leftover rice but today I wanted something different so I tried this recipe. It’s perfect for spontaneous leftover cooking because all the ingredients are staples. The only thing I never heard of is carom… I replaced it with nigella as I love it in baked and fried stuff.
    The pakoras turned out sooo beautiful and delicious! It was my first time making pakoras and I’m so happy I found this recipe.

    Thank you for recipes – they make my life as a vegan so much brighter!

    Laura from Germany

    1. thanks a lot laura for this beautiful comment. nigella seeds can be added in pakoras. they give a very good taste. carom seeds are also known as bishops’ weeds. you can add thyme as a substitute for carom seeds.

  4. I have tried ur veg biryani n shorba recipe n both of them have turned out very well.. My hubby loved it.. Thank u so much n vl wait for ur new recipes:-) could u pls post dal bati recipe plsss?????

  5. Very easy to make.. turned out very crispy and yummyyy 🙂 thank youu soo sooo much for dis simple n nyc recipe 🙂

  6. Hey, lovely lay out and photography!! To not to mention a very straight forward and real approach to the recipes. I am sitting here torturing myself – feeling hungry after dinner 😉

  7. Tried this once and it turned out good! Easy snack and good way to use the rice too…
    Can we add some boiled american sweet corn kernels also to this for some variety?

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