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Onion Fritters, onion pakora, Indian onion snack, pyaji

Easy fritters - Onion Pakora or Pyaji

Onion pakora or Pyaji is popular savoury snack and an easy and tasty accompaniment to a hot cup of 'chai'on those rainy afternoons! Enjoy them with your friends and family over a session of 'gupshup' (banter)
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Deep Frying Pan or
  • Kadai
  • Slotted Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 4 tbsps besan/chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp ajwain/ carom seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Oil vegetable or sunflower for deep frying
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • In a large bowl, add chickpea flour, carom seeds, cumin powder, turmeric powder, baking powder, salt and mix well.
  • Now add the chopped chillies and thinly sliced onions, ensure the slices are separated. Mix well with the chickpea flour.
  • Add about 2tbsp of cold water and mix to coat the onion slices with the batter. Be careful not to add too much water as onion will release its moisture.
  • To check oil is heated to the right temperature, drop a tiny bit of batter into the oil. If the batter sizzles and floats up to the surface, then the oil is ready.
  • Scoop a tablespoon of the onion batter and carefully drop into the hot oil one at a time. Do not overcrowd the frying pan.
  • Let the pakoras cook till golden brown on one side and then carefully flip them over. Fry till the other side is golden brown too. It'll take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Once done, use a slotted spoon to drain pakoras on a kitchen paper towel
  • Repeat, frying the remaining batter in batches.
  • Serve hot with ketchup and mint chutney along with a cup of hot 'chai'

Notes

Hints & Tips
To check the oil is heated to the right temperature, drop a tiny bit of batter into the oil. If the batter sizzles and floats up to the surface, then the oil is ready.
Keyword Easy recipes, Fritters, Indian snack, Onion, Pakora, Pyaji
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