By Food E Fare

Pakoras, also known as bhajis or fritters, are a popular Indian snack made by deep-frying vegetables, meat, or fish that are coated in a spiced gram flour batter. Here's a basic recipe for making vegetable pakoras:


For Pakora Batter:

  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour (optional, for extra crispiness)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (enough to make a thick batter)
  • Oil for deep frying

For Vegetable Pakoras:

  • Assorted vegetables (e.g., onions, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, bell peppers), thinly sliced or chopped
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (optional)


Prepare the Batter:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine gram flour, rice flour (if using), red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, and salt.
  • Gradually add water while whisking to form a thick, smooth batter without lumps.

Heat Oil:

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan or kadai over medium heat. The oil should be hot enough for frying.

Coat Vegetables:

  • Dip the sliced or chopped vegetables into the prepared batter, ensuring they are well-coated.

Deep Fry:

  • Carefully drop the coated vegetables into the hot oil, a few at a time, to avoid overcrowding.
  • Fry until the pakoras are golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil.

Drain Excess Oil:

  • Place the fried pakoras on paper towels to drain excess oil.


  • Repeat the process with the remaining vegetables and batter.


  • Garnish the pakoras with chopped fresh coriander leaves if desired.
  • Serve hot pakoras with chutney or sauce of your choice.


  • You can customize the pakoras by adding spices like ajwain (carom seeds), fennel seeds, or chopped green chilies to the batter.
  • Experiment with different vegetables or even paneer for variation.
  • Serve pakoras with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or ketchup.

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