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Pakora or Bhajya (Deep-fried Vegetable Fritters)

Assorted Pakora
Image: Assorted Pokoras
About Pakoras

Pakora or Bhajya (also, Pokora or Pakoda) is a probably most common Indian snack and Indian street food eaten by every ethnic group, geographic border throughout India. The recipe given at this page is the basic and can be customized according to personal preference. Many vegetables such as sliced onions (onion pokora), potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower or chopped spinach or chilies can be dipped in the basic batter and fried into mouth watering Pakora. Also spelled Pakoda.


1 cup chickpea flour (Besan)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 green chili, chopped
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 cup water
few leaves of cilantro and/or mint
oil for deep frying
salt to taste

1 Mix everything well, except water and oil.
Slowly add water until you have thick paste.
Heat oil for deep frying on medium-low.
Carefully, dip batter in oil with tablespoon one by one.
Turn and cook at both sides until golden brown.
Serve hot with chutney.
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