Crispy Onion Pakoda From Tamil Nadu: A Teatime Snack

Updated on August 1, 2020
Aadhithan sujay profile image

My name is Lakshmi, and I am a homemaker. I love cooking and experimenting with different recipes.

Onion pakoda is a very famous snack from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. There, you can find it everywhere, from big restaurants to street-side tea shops. It's the perfect evening snack to serve with tea, particularly on rainy days. The name varies from region to region across India. In Tamil Nadu, we used to call it vengaya pakoda.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings


  • 2 big onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • handful of curry leaves
  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
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  1. In a bowl, add the onion, chilli, ginger-garlic paste, garlic, curry leaves, salt, chilli powder, asafoetida, and fennel seeds. Mix well.
  2. Add the gram flour and rice flour and mix well. Do not add water; the onion will release some water.
  3. Add the sesame oil and blend well. If you don't have sesame oil, you can use any cooking oil instead.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and deep-fry the mixture. The heat should be high until the onion is 50% cooked; then turn the heat down to medium.
  5. Once the pakoda becomes golden in color, remove it from from the oil and serve with hot masala tea.

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    • Aadhithan sujay profile imageAUTHOR


      6 days ago from Chennai

      You are welcome chitrangadasharan,as you said the pakora is delicious to eat with tea and curry leaves adds nice flavour to it.Have a nice weekend.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 days ago from New Delhi, India

      The pakoras are my anytime favourite recipe. And they taste heavenly on a rainy day, with tea.

      Your combination of ingredients is delicious. I like adding curry leaves.

      Thanks for sharing and thanks for the follow.

    • Aadhithan sujay profile imageAUTHOR


      9 days ago from Chennai

      Hi liza,yes it is also called as pakora and for vegetable pakoda,you can add some veggies along with onion,but in this recipe,i've used only onions.Try this recipe,definitely,you will love it.

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      9 days ago from USA

      Hi Lakshmi, thank you for sharing another great recipe. I think here they called Pakora. My husband and I used to go to an Indian restaurant and we always order vegetable pakora as an appetizer. I should try the recipe you've shared here. I reckon it's quite easy to find the ingredients too.


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