This easy recipe will show you how to make Onion Pakora.
Pakora is the name of a snack from India / Pakistan. This is street food in those countries.
It has several other names like; bhaji, pakoda and pikora, amongst others, depending on where you are.
A pakora is like a fried vegetable fritter and may use different vegetables, like onion (pyaaz pakora) or potato (aloo pakora).
Normally in India or Pakistan they use chickpea or gram flour (besan) to make the batter. As I did not have that available I have used a simple self-raising flour which also works fine.
This meal is often a snack or appetizer. In India or Pakistan it will very likely be served up with a nice cup of tea.
In many Indian restaurants in the West, you may find this on the menu as an onion bhaji. This is often a starter to an Indian meal. Bhajis often come with mint raita and/or mango chutney.
New Tandoor Pakora
When I lived in the Netherlands my favourite local Indian restaurant was (and still is!!) the New Tandoor in Gouda. They serve the most fantastic lamb madras curry and the best naan bread I have ever tasted, thanks to their fantastic in house Tandoor clay oven.
I used to visit them as a treat to order a lamb madras takeaway with several peshwari naans. So wonderful, my mouth is salivating as I write.
From their menu, where they call this starter dish a Pakora (Onion Bhaji), it looks like they use onion and potato to create this dish. Either way, it is a winner and you will want to make it again.
Feel free to play around with the spices and other ingredients when you make this. These were just as I like them, but they may well be better with some potato included. It is worth a try if you have time to experiment!
If you make this recipe, please let me know how you get on, in the comments section below!
This post gives you a super easy recipe for onion pakora. Also known as onion bhaji or onion pakoda, it is tasty as a starter or side dish.
2 onions (either type; red, white or brown)
100g self-raising flour (or chickpea flour if you have it)
1 tsp baking powder
About 140ml of cold water
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground chilli powder
A pinch of salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
A green chilli, finely chopped incl. seeds
1 tbsp lemon juice
Sunflower oil (or vegetable oil) to fry with
Chopped fresh coriander
Finely slice the onions.
Make the batter by whisking the flour, baking powder, water, cumin, chilli powder, salt turmeric, green chilli and lemon juice ingredients together in a bowl until you have a thick batter. (Optional: add the chopped coriander as well at this point if you wish to add this ingredient).
Add the onions to the batter and mix well. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, heat the oil in a wok (or in a deep fryer). The oil should not be too hot but should be simmering when you are ready to cook. Drop a small amount of batter into the oil to see if it is ready - it should rise to the top.
Collect a spoonful of onion batter with two tablespoons and carefully place into the hot oil. Cook for about 2 minutes until the underside is browned and then turn over for another 2 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
Do this for all your onion batter mix, cooking in batches if need be. Make sure the pakoras do not touch each other in the pan to stop them from sticking to each other.
When finished, remove carefully with a slotted spoon, and place on kitchen paper towels to drain any excess oil.
The above quantities will give enough for about 12 pakoras.
Serve up with some raita or mint raita with some mango chutney.
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