Oct 19, 2013

Pakodi ~ Onion Fritters ( Tea Time Snacks )

Yipee! It's raining, raining and raining from the past 3 days here in DFW area. It's not that I like rainy season but I am happy it's raining as DFW definitely needs some rain desperately. There were times in this year we waited and waited for the rain just like the folks in the song Ghanana Ghanna Giri..Kale Megha Pani tho Barsao.. (means Dark and Dense clouds are coming, Oh, the Dark Clouds, pour that Rain) from the movie Lagaan .  Well that's a little Dramatic, but we waited a lot for the rain, you got the point right!

Onion Pakodi
So anyways, as I said i am not too fond of rainy season, coz I love the bright sun compare to cloudy weather. But I take that an opportunity to make some spicy snacks to have with the hot 'Masala Chai' ( Spiced Tea) while watching that rain through window...I know now you feel like seize that moment though it is not raining there. Of Course Pakodi is the first thing that comes to mind when it rains, so here is the recipe for you, now seize that moment and Njoy the Pakodi Bites!

Onion - 1 medium
Besan Flour - 1 cup
Rice Flour - 1 Tbsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - a pinch
curry leaves - 10
Oil - for deep frying


  1. Chop onion length wise (thin slices) and take them in a medium bowl, mix gently with your fingers so that onion slices get separate from each other. Add curry leaves. ( if the leaves are big chop them into small pieces). 
  2. Mix Besan Flour, Rice Flour in a small bowl. add salt and baking soda to the flour mix. mix all the dry ingredients ( leave aside for 10 min)
  3. Add flour mixture to onion mixture and mix it well. Add some water little by little as needed. 
  4. Heat the oil in a deep dish pan. Once the Oil is hot, Drop the battered onions little by little into Oil and fry them until they turn into gold color. Drain these on paper towels. Do this in batches until you finish with the batter. 
  5. Serve these Onion Pakodi with Ketchup or Maggi Hot Sauce.

Puffed up Pakodi


  • Baking soda will make the Pakodi little puffed up. If you want crisp pakodi, you can eliminate baking soda.
  • Rice flour will aid to get the crispness outside.
  • You can add some cilantro or mint leaves for more great herb flavor.
  • if your onions are moist you don't need extra water to make the batter
  • while mixing the batter don't add all the water at once, the onions can release water in the batter.

Though it's funny I started with the Laggan Video, I am serious about saving water. When we went into STAGE3 Drought restriction then only we came to know the value of water. Since then I preach my kids on water saving methods. My kids follow these rules to save water while brushing or bathing. Save Water and Save Earth!

Here leaving you with another cheerful rain song which is one of my favs...!

take care until we meet here again,


  1. Good Morning Mythreyi,
    It has truly been a long dry spell around here and like you I have been so excited about the past days of rain and hoping we will get more. Now when the next rains come I will just have your Pakodi Onion Fritters sit back and enjoy, they sure look good! Enjoy your weekend.
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you Miz Helen! True, I am waiting for next rain fall too.. Wow, you are sure an Early Bird. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Delicious onion fritters looks really yumm, definitely a rainy snack.

  3. Wow, I can finish the whole plate of these yummy onion fritters. Looks so yummy.

  4. Ohhh, the cold weather is setting in and this would be soooo perfect with some spicy masala chai. Looks good Mythreyi.

  5. Excellent snack, feel like munching some.Love to finish that plate.

  6. Even though the monsoon has receded in Mumbai, I can still munch on these delicious and tempting onion fritters :-D



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