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Crispy Onion Pakoda From Tamil Nadu: A Teatime Snack


My name is Lakshmi, and I am a homemaker. I love cooking and experimenting with different recipes, especially those from my native India.


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.

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10 min

10 min

20 min

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


  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.


Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on August 23, 2020:

Hi Bhattuc,Thank you for your kind comment.Yes,it is the best snack to have in the evening.

Bhattuc on August 23, 2020:

Many of us like Pakodas. Well explained.

Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on July 31, 2020:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 31, 2020:

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.

Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on July 28, 2020:

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.

Liza from USA on July 28, 2020:

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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