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rice pakora recipe

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

4.3 from 10 votes
total time:
25minutes

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

rice pakora recipe, chawal ke pakore recipe

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.

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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 rice pakora 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.

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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

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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33 comments/reviews

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

    • Thanks Angel

  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

    • Welcome Deepti. Nice to know this.

  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

    • 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. Yummy and easy to prepare

  5. 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?????

    • welcome deepika. glad to know this. i have noted down the recipe request.

  6. Lovely receipe!! Can I try with leftover pulao..

    • thanks bhakti. yes you can try.

  7. This recipe is really awesome I tried it. Thank you sooo much!!

    • welcome melissa

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