south indian style crisp onion pakoda

south indian style onion pakoda recipe with step by step photos – fried crisp onion fritters made south indian style.

onion pakoda recipe

rain gods have been kind to us and the rains have been gracing us for some days now. its cloudy, windy and rainy with occasional shine of the sun at times.

i will be sharing a few favorite snacks that are a nostalgic memory for most of us in the indian rains. i did make some of them in the rainy evenings and took pictures too. i end up making quite a number of snacks in the monsoons. so beginning this monsoon snack series with onion pakoda prepared in south indian style.

the taste and texture of these onion fritters is very different than the onion pakoda recipe i posted some years back. these are crisp and crunchy ones and taste too good with coconut chutney. though you can also serve with tomato chutney, mint chutney or coriander chutney.

they are best served hot and a cup of hot ginger tea or filter coffee also goes very well with them. you can also stuff them between sandwich or bread rolls (pav).

onion pakoda are made in a variety of ways in regional indian cuisine. few more variety of onion fritters from regional indian cuisine are:

south indian onion pakoda

5 from 2 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
onion pakoda recipe
crisp and crunchy south indian style onion fritters recipe.

INGREDIENTS FOR south indian onion pakoda

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced or ½ cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions or 100 grams onions
  • ½ cup besan (gram flour) or 56 grams besan
  • ¼ cup rice flour or 30 grams rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves or 7 to 8 chopped curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 5 tablespoon water or add as required
  • salt as per taste
  • oil for frying (can use peanut oil or sunflower oil)

HOW TO MAKE south indian onion pakoda

  • take 1/2 cup besan and 1/4 cup rice flour in a mixing bowl.
  • add onions, spices, herbs and salt, except oil.
  • then sprinkle 3 tablespoon water all over.
  • mix well. cover and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • the onions will release their juices and the batter will become more moist. then add 1 to 2 tablespoon more water and mix well again. i added 2 tablespoons water. 
  • i usually keep the batter more moist than what is the norm for this recipe. as i feel some moisture helps in making these fritters not too dense. the batter has to be of a thick dropping consistency.
  • heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. when the oil becomes medium hot, drop spoonfuls of batter in the kadai.
  • flip each onion fritter when they become pale golden.
  • continue to fry till the fritters are golden and crisp, turning over them as required.
  • once they are fried to perfection, then remove them with a slotted spoon.
  • keep onion fritters on kitchen paper towels so that extra oil is absorbed. fry in batches this way.
  • serve onion pakoda  hot with tomato chutney, coconut chutney, mint chutney or tomato ketchup.
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how to make south indian style onion pakoda

1. take ½ cup besan and ¼ cup rice flour in a mixing bowl.

making onion fritters recipe

2. add ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, a pinch of turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder.

making onion fritters recipe

3. next add the sliced onions, 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves, 1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves and 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped. also add salt. you can also add some ginger in the recipe. you can even consider adding more onions.

making onion fritters recipe

4. mix well.

making onion fritters recipe

5. sprinkle 3 tablespoon water all over.

making onion fritters recipe

6. mix well. cover and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

making onion fritters recipe

7. the onions will release their juices and the batter will become more moist. then add 1 to 2 tablespoon more water and mix well again. i added 2 tablespoons water. i usually keep the onion fritters batter more moist than what is the norm for this recipe. as i feel some moisture helps in making these fritters not too dense. the batter has to be of thick dropping consistency.

making onion fritters recipe

8. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. when the oil becomes medium hot, drop spoonfuls of batter in the kadai.

making onion fritters recipe

9. flip each fritter when they become pale golden.

making onion fritters recipe

10. while frying you can regulate the flame from low to medium.

making onion fritters recipe

11. continue to fry till the onion pakoda are golden and crisp, turning over them as required.

making onion fritters recipe

12. once they are fried to perfection, then remove the onion pakoda with a slotted spoon.

making onion fritters recipe

13. keep them on kitchen paper towels so that extra oil is absorbed. fry in batches this way.

onion fritters recipe

14. serve crispy onion fritters hot with tomato chutney or coconut chutney or pudina chutney or tomato ketchup. you can also have them with a cup of tea or coffee. some people like to stuff them between bread slices and then have them with any green chutney.

onion fritters recipe

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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