collection of 42 yummy pakora recipes – pakora or pakoda or bajji or bhajiya are basically indian fritters made with gram flour (besan). pakoras are fried, crisp snacks made with different veggies.
pakoras are often served in road side eateries or restaurants. quite popular during monsoon time as pakoras goes very well with a cup of tea. the recipes for making pakoras have more or less the same indian spices and herbs and often vary in their proportions. each state of india have their own variation in making pakoras, so the recipes do differ and so does the flavor and taste.
you can also have pakoras with bread or with an accompanying chutney like:
- pudina chutney
- coriander chutney
- sweet green chutney
- sweet chaat chutney. you can also serve them with tomato sauce.
i have posted many pakodas on my site and compiling them in this post. so that it is easier to find all pakoda recipes in one place. will keep on updating this post as we post more such recipes.
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collection of 42 pakora recipes
1. pakora recipe – this is the basic pakora recipe which can be adapted to make pakoras where finely chopped or shredded vegetables like cabbage, zucchini, spinach or fenugreek leaves can be added.
2. bread pakora recipe – a popular variation of bread pakora where bread slices are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes, dipped in besan batter and then deep fried in hot oil. few more similar snacks which are equally popular are:
3. aloo pakora recipe – cooked soft melt in the mouth potato slices. the aloo pakora is also a street food snack in mumbai. you can also have these hot pakoras sandwiched in pav (indian buns), drizzled with green chutney, sweet chutney and garlic red chili chutney.
4. onion pakoda recipe – these onion fritters are usually served with some fried salted green chilies and a green chutney or sweet chutney. this whole combo is also served with the indian chai. they are easy to prepare and tastes good too. during rains or monsoons onion pakoras are very much in demand.
5. paneer pakora recipe – these tasty paneer pakoras are crisp from outside and soft from inside.
6. palak pakoda recipe – crisp and tasty deep fried spinach fritters. these palak pakoras can be baked too if you don’t want to fry them, with all the goodness of the spinach, sesame seeds and of course chickpea flour.
7. ulli vada – these are crisp and crunchy onion fritters. basically these are onion pakodas and are popular as a street food snack in kerala.
8. mirchi bajji recipe – tangy, spiced, crunchy and tasty stuffed mirchi bajji. these delicious bajjis are also known as mirapakaya bajji in andhra and is a well known street food there.
9. plain bread pakoda without stuffing – this plain bread pakora is a very popular and quick breakfast snack in north india and is usually made during weekends. there is no stuffing in this bread pakora recipe. just dipping the bread in the besan batter and frying them. easy and quick.
10. corn pakoda recipe – crisp fried corn fritters made with besan, sweet corn, spices and herbs. you can also use tinned corn to make these fritters. if you love sweet corn, then there are few more corn snacks recipes on blog like:
11. veg pakora recipe – crisp and tasty pakoras made with mix vegetables like brinjals, potatoes, green chili. you can use different veggies like cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, raw banana, sweet potato, bitter gourd, green chili and of course onions.
12. pazham pori – pazham pori is a popular snack from kerala made with ripe bananas. banana slices are coated in an all purpose flour batter and then deep fried. the bananas used to prepare pazham pori are nendram pazham. these variety of bananas are long, large and are firm even when ripe. they are used to make these fritters as well as the famous kerala banana chips.
13. cheese pakora recipe – a cheesy variation of pakoda are these tasty cheese pakodas. the crisp outer besan coating and the gooey cheesy melted cheese inside are contrasting textures in this recipe.
14. cabbage pakoda recipe – fried crisp fritters made with cabbage, gram flour and spices. to make these crisp and tasty pakoras, you can either use the regular green cabbage or red purple cabbage. the pakoras taste good with either of them.
15. vegetable pakora recipe – easy and tasty recipe of pakoras made with mixed veggies. you can use any veggies you have. i have used a mix of cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, capsicum and french beans. you can either grate or chop the veggies.
16. kanda bhaji recipe – crisp and crunchy fried fritters made mainly with onions and gram flour. a popular street food snack from maharashtra. kanda bhaji is crisp, yet you would get a hint of soft, sweet flavor coming from the onions. this kanda bhaji recipe has no spices added, yet these fritters are flavorful.
17. mangalore bajji recipe – goli baje also called as mangalore bajji is a popular streed food snack from the karnataka cuisine. these are like soft and spongy fritters made with all purpose flour, spices and herbs.
18. mirchi pakoda recipe – easy to prepare pakora with large green chilies. its quick, simple and easy. i have made it plain and not stuffed the green chillies with potatoes or paneer stuffing. but you can stuff the green chillies with a stuffing of your choice.
19. vengaya bajji – there are many ways onion fritters are made. this south indian style onion bajji is also a popular variation. in this recipe the onions are sliced in rounds, batter coated and fried.
20. cauliflower pakoda recipe – these tasty gobi pakora are crisp in taste and should ideally be eaten hot. if you are having them as snacks then pair them with a cup of hot masala chai or filter coffee.
21. banana bajji recipe – pakoras made with raw banana or plantains are a delicious snack. these raw banana bajji are crisp, tasty and are usually served in south indian restaurants.
22. moong dal bhajiya recipe – moong dal pakora is a street food snack from mumbai. these are fried fritters made from yellow mung lentils and mildly spiced.
23. mirchi vada recipe – mirchi vadas are a popular street food snack in jodhpur, rajasthan. they are also called as chili cutlet. to make these pakoras you need large chilies, which are not spicy and are mild. i have used bhavnagari chilies. you can also use large green chilies which are used in making stuffed chili pickle. if you live outside india, then you can use jalapeno peppers.
24. methi na gota recipe – these methi pakoras are a gujarati deep fried snack made with besan, ripe bananas and fenugreek leaves. they are usually served as a snack during tea time with green chutney or mint chutney or raw papaya chutney.
25. ram ladoo – ram ladoo is a popular street food snack from delhi. crisp pakoras made from moong dal and chana dal batter. these moong dal pakoras are served with grated radish and green chutney with some lemon juice added in. now this combo is too good and you should try it. few more similar recipes on blog which you can make at times are:
26. cheese stuffed bread pakoda – a delicious variation of bread pakora where bread slices are stuffed with grated cheese filling, dipped in besan batter and then deep fried in oil.
27. sabudana pakora recipe – crisp, golden fritters made from tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and roasted crushed peanuts. these sabudana pakoras can be made for ekadashi fast or navratri fast or even for janmashtami fast or on any other fasting day.
28. rice pakora recipe – crisp and soft pakoras made with cooked rice or leftover cooked rice. 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.
29. chana dal pakora recipe – these crispy and soft fried fritters made from bengal gram are one of the favorite tea time snacks at home. these chana dal pakoras are different from the south indian dal vada in terms of taste and texture. the taste is different as no curry leaves are used here. the texture is different as the chana dal is ground finely unlike the batter made for vada.
30. methi pakora recipe – crisp as well as soft textured fritters made with fenugreek leaves and besan.
31. arbi patta pakoda recipe – crisp and tasty pakoras made with colocasia leaves, gram flour and spices. a few recipes that i make with colocasia leaves are – alu vadi or pathrode and alu chi patal bhaji (colocasia leaves gravy).
32. kand pakora recipe – crisp fritters made from purple yam. also known as kand na bhajiya or ratalu puri. yum snack recipe from gujarati cuisine.
33. spinach fritters recipe – crisp and golden, gram flour batter coated spinach fritters. here each spinach leaf is dipped in a spiced gram flour batter and then fried.
34. lauki pakora recipe – lightly spiced bottle gourd fritters made with besan. when i made the lauki chana dal sabzi then the left over lauki was used to make these delicious lauki pakoras.
35. hurda pakoras recipe – fritters made from tender fresh sorghum or jowar. the hurda bhajjis can be served with peanut thecha, green chilli thecha or just a simple coriander chutney or tamarind chutney. these green grains are super healthy. two more recipes i make with hurda are hurda bhel and hurda upma recipe.
36. chinese pakora recipe – chinese pakora are crisp and spiced fried vegetable fritters. chinese pakoda is one of the inventions from mumbai city and is popular there. it is a well known street food from mumbai.
37. kuttu ke pakore recipe – deep fried fritters made with buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta) and mashed potatoes, roasted peanuts and dry pomegranate powder. kuttu ke pakore are easy to make and taste delicious.
38. baingan pakora recipe – fried crisp fritters made with eggplant (brinjal) and gram flour.
39. kaddu pakoras recipe – soft and yummy pumpkin fritters made for fasting or religious vrat. if you are making kaddu pakoras on regular days (non fasting days), then you can add besan in the batter instead of the vrat flours.
40. hara pyaaz pakora recipe – these spring onion fritters have a crisp exterior and a soft texture from within. they are best served hot with some chutney – sweet or spicy and some bread or pav. makes for a good tea time snack or brunch.
41. vrat ke palak pakore recipe – crisp spinach fritters made during religious fasting with buckwheat flour and spinach.
42. dill leaves pakora recipe – the feathery fresh dill leaves give a lot of zing and aroma to the pakora and is a great variation to the usual pakoras we make.