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Onion Pakoda Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 8:24:00 PM

Onion Pakoda also known as vengaya pakoda is a crispy snack recipe which is very famous in Tamil Nadu. Thinly sliced onions dusted with a spicy flour mixture and then fried until crisp which makes a perfect tea time snack. I am a very big fan of this onion Pakoda and I always make this crispy snack for coffee during rainy days and enjoy sightseeing. This recipe is little different from onion Bajji, for bajji the consistency of the batter is little runny whereas in pakoda we should sprinkle water just enough to hold everything together and do not add too much of water. The specialty of this crunchy onion pakora is smells great as soon as you enter home and makes us crave for more.

Please click here to watch Onion Pakoda in Tamil - Madras Samayal


Serving Size          :  6 people

Preparation Time : 5 min

Cooking Time       : 15 minutes

Difficulty Spice Level

Quantity Ingredients for Onion Pakoda Recipe
2 Onion (large) 
4 green Chilies
1 tsp Fennel seeds
1.5 tsp Chili powder
pinch Asafoetida / Hing / Kaayam
1 springCurry leaves
3 tbsp Coriander leaves
1/2 cupBesan / Chickpea flour / Kadalai maavu
1/4 cupRice flour / Arisi maavu
1 tbsp  Oil

Salt to taste


Cooking Method

Step 1) Slice the onions lengthwise and add it to a bowl. Add slit green chilies, fennel seeds, Chili powder, Asafoetida, Oil, curry leaves  coriander leaves (finely chopped)  and salt. Mix all the ingredients well. 

Step 2) Add besan and rice flour to the onions and mix well. Do not add water at this point, because the onions releases its own moisture so sprinkle water only when you are ready for frying.

Step 3) Once you are ready to fry sprinkle a very little amount of water, just enough to bind them together.Do not add too much of water, if we add more water then it will not be crispy and taste like bajji.

Step 4) Heat oil in a kadai and once the oil is nice and hot deep fry them in small batches.Once it turns nice and crispy drain the excess oil and take it off from the oil.


That's it our crispy Onion Pakkoda is ready to be served with a cup of hot tea/ coffee.I love to have this Onion Pakoda as a side for Lemon Rice, my friend Preethi suggested this combination , from then on I am following the same, what a lovely combination !!!!.


  • Do not add water early, the onion releases its own moisture so add water only when your are ready to fry.
  • Do not add too much of water, add water just enough to coat the onions.
  • fry the pakodas on medium-hot oil otherwise it may soak more oil.
  • you can add some besan+rice flour to adjust the consistency.


Onion Pakoda / Onion Pakora is a crispy crunchy snack recipe enjoyed during tea time.This snack is simple and very easy to make ans can be made under 15 minutes.Thinly sliced onions are coated in a flour mixture and then deep fried in oil to make it stay cripsy for a long time.Onion pakoda makes our tea time complete.
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  • 2 Onion
  • 4 green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Chili powder
  • pinch Asafoetida
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1 spring Curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup Besan
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • water
Instructions for Onion Pakoda Recipe:
  1. Slice onions and add the masala powders, coriander leaves and curry leaves
  2. Ddd besan and rice flour
  3. Sprinkle water and deep fry the onion Pakora in hot oil
  4. Our Onion Pakoda is ready to be enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee.

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. The Onion pakodas look really enticing. Now that the monsoon is here, the evenings (especially those of the weekends) call for such hot and spicy pakodas.. What could be better than just sitting by the balcony and enjoying the rains sipping hot tea and onion pakodas. Thank you so much for the recipe :)

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