rice pakora | chawal ke pakore | cooked rice pakoda

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.

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rice pakora recipe, chawal ke pakore recipe

I prepare many recipes with leftover rice like idli, appams, kheer, cutlets 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

4.82 from 16 votes
Rice pakora recipe - crisp and soft pakoras made with leftover cooked rice.
rice pakora
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 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 chopped or ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped or grated
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 5 tablespoon besan (gram flour or chickpea flour)
  • 5 to 6 tablespoon water or as required
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

making rice pakora batter

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After adding water, stir and mix very well.

frying rice pakora

  • Heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan.
  • Take spoonfuls and drop the mixture in hot oil. Keep the temperature to medium heat.
  • Let the rice pakora get cooked & browned lightly and then you turn them over and continue to fry.
  • Deep fry till the rice pakoda are crisp and golden. 
  • Drain on paper kitchen towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve rice pakora with green chutney or tomato sauce.

Notes

Tips for making rice pakora
  • 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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How to make 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 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

Frying rice pakoda

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

fried rice pakoras

8. Serve rice pakora with green chutney or tomato sauce.

rice pakora recipe, chawal ke pakore recipe

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste 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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39 comments/reviews

  1. Just tried the roti pakodas..The pieces coated with the spicy batter and fried tasted too good…Enjoyed it as an evening snack with tea…Thanks for this innovative recipe.4 stars

    • thank you winnie for letting me know. i am glad that you enjoyed the roti pakora. there are many recipes you can make with leftover chapatis. sometimes, i also make wraps or rolls with roti. fillings can be varied and you can have a mexican style burrito or a chinese style wrap or even a wrap suiting indian taste buds.

  2. Thanks for taking out time from your busy schedule to answer my query promptly and in detail …i have leftover rotis very often and wanted to try something new..can try this next time…Thanks once again and a big God bless!!

    • welcome winnie and do let me know how the roti pakora turns out for you.

  3. Tried this recipe as I had some leftover rice.turned out so crispy and yummy.makes for a good evening snack with a cup of hot tea.just curious to know how pakodas are made from leftover rotis as mentioned by you in this post.4 stars

    • yes rice makes for tasty pakora. with roti, just cut them in 1 to 1.5 inches strips. keep the length to 3 to 4 inches of the strips. dip them in besan batter so that they are coated well with the batter. then deep fry. in the besan batter, add ajwain (carom seeds), a pinch of hing, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. for some spice and variation, you can add green chillies, ginger and coriander leaves.
      thanks for the feedback and rating.

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

    • Thanks Angel

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Germany5 stars

    • 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.

  7. Yummy and easy to prepare5 stars

  8. 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 stars

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

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

    • thanks bhakti. yes you can try.

  10. This recipe is really awesome I tried it. Thank you sooo much!!4 stars

    • welcome melissa

  11. What a use of left over rice.sounds yummy.will surely try it.

    • thanks shazia

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

    • welcome rohini. glad to know this.

  13. 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 😉5 stars

    • thanks diva for this sweet feedback. do try some recipes.

  14. 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?

    • thanks nivedita. yes you can add them. i must say, good idea.

  15. Nice recipe and beet thing is that now I can use my leftover rice.5 stars

    • thanks ritu

  16. Very very interesting recipes I like it

    • thanks sakeena

  17. very nice recipe and mouth watering

    • thanks anyonya

  18. Amazing dear..i loved it3 stars

    • thanks prasanna

  19. I love all ur recipes. Pls give kachchhi dabeli recipe.

    • welcome rani. there is a dabeli recipe in the blog. you can have a look.

  20. crispy pakora.. Pass me for evening snacks

    • thanks veena 🙂