How to Make Onion Bondas or Onion Fritters/Pakoras

Updated on August 18, 2017
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Onion Bondas or Onion Pakoras/ Fritters

How I Made These Tiny Onion Bombs:

These pakoras make a wonderful teatime snack. They are spicy, crispy, aromatic, and appetizing. You need only some basic ingredients to make them. Now, let me share the overview of making this snack.

Making the Dough:

You have to take a cup of gram flour (besan powder), a little less than a cup of rice flour, some cumin seeds, red chili powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients. Add two table spoons of hot oil. Mix it with the dry ingredients. Add thinly chopped onions, green chilies, cooking soda, chopped coriander leaves, and curry leaves. Combine them adding water little by little to make a firm dough. Form small lemon-sized balls out of them.

Frying the Dough Balls:

Heat oil for deep frying. Drop these dough balls one by one into the hot oil. Keep the flame medium-high in the beginning. Turn the balls occasionally to ensure uniform cooking. Once they are crispy, reduce the fire. Fry them until they cook even inside, and turn golden brown outside. Frying a batch may take about 5 minutes. Once done, remove them on a tissue paper. Repeat the same for making the remaining pakoras.

Yummy onion bondas are ready to gobble! Serve them hot with tomato sauce or a hot cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the taste.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients for Making Onion Bonda or Onion Pakoras

  • 1 cup gram flour or besan
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 2-3 medium size onions, thinly chopped lengthwise
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • a few curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 pinches cooking soda/baking soda
  • 2 tbsp oil, hot, for the dough
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Onion Bondas or Onion Fritters

  1. Take gram flour, rice flour, red chili powder, cumin seeds, and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour hot oil on them. Gently mix it with the dry ingredients.
  2. Add chopped onions, green chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, ginger, and baking soda. Knead, adding just sufficient water to get a firm dough.
  3. Divide the dough, and make small-lemon sized balls. Keep them ready on a plate.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying. Drop these balls one by one into the hot oil. Don't overcrowd them. Turn them occasionally to ensure uniform frying on all sides. These balls should become golden brown after cooking.
  5. As the dough balls are tight, they may take a bit more time for cooking than the usual pakoras. Frying a batch may take about 5 minutes on low fire.
  6. Once they are done, take them out with the help of a slotted ladle and place on an absorbent tissue paper.
  7. Repeat the same for frying all the dough balls.
  8. Yummy and crunchy onion bondas/fritters are ready to munch. Serve them hot with tomato sauce or a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Keep ready the dry and wet ingredients separately.Step two: Pour hot oil on the mixture of dry ingredients. Gently mix it with the flours.Step three: Add wet ingredients with the dry ones. Knead adding just sufficient water to form a firm dough. Step four: Divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls. Keep them ready on a plate. Step five: Heat oil for deep frying. Drop the balls one by one into the hot oil. Fry them on medium high fire in the beginning. Turn them occasionally. Lower the heat after 2 minutes.Step six: Fry them till they get golden brown color. Cooking a batch may take about 5 minutes.Step seven: Take them out and place on a paper towel.Step eight: Repeat the same for making all the bondas/fritters.Step nine: Crunchy and yummy onion fritters are hot and inviting! Serve them with tomato sauce or a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the taste!
Step one: Keep ready the dry and wet ingredients separately.
Step one: Keep ready the dry and wet ingredients separately.
Step two: Pour hot oil on the mixture of dry ingredients. Gently mix it with the flours.
Step two: Pour hot oil on the mixture of dry ingredients. Gently mix it with the flours.
Step three: Add wet ingredients with the dry ones. Knead adding just sufficient water to form a firm dough.
Step three: Add wet ingredients with the dry ones. Knead adding just sufficient water to form a firm dough.
Step four: Divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls. Keep them ready on a plate.
Step four: Divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls. Keep them ready on a plate.
Step five: Heat oil for deep frying. Drop the balls one by one into the hot oil. Fry them on medium high fire in the beginning. Turn them occasionally. Lower the heat after 2 minutes.
Step five: Heat oil for deep frying. Drop the balls one by one into the hot oil. Fry them on medium high fire in the beginning. Turn them occasionally. Lower the heat after 2 minutes.
Step six: Fry them till they get golden brown color. Cooking a batch may take about 5 minutes.
Step six: Fry them till they get golden brown color. Cooking a batch may take about 5 minutes.
Step seven: Take them out and place on a paper towel.
Step seven: Take them out and place on a paper towel.
Step eight: Repeat the same for making all the bondas/fritters.
Step eight: Repeat the same for making all the bondas/fritters.
Step nine: Crunchy and yummy onion fritters are hot and inviting! Serve them with tomato sauce or a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the taste!
Step nine: Crunchy and yummy onion fritters are hot and inviting! Serve them with tomato sauce or a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information of Onion Bonda or Onion Fritters

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 186
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 6 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      11 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for reading and for your lovely comments.

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      Deborah Minter 

      11 months ago from U.S, California

      Tasty! Good article...

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