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Pyaaz Pakoda (Onion Bhaji)

Golden crispy, crunchy and delicious onion bhajis
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 240g chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • 2-3 green chillies, finely chopped (adjust according to spice preference)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed, to make the batter
  • Oil, for deep frying

Prepare the Batter:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the chickpea flour, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, cumin seeds, asafoetida, and salt.
  • Gradually add water while whisking the mixture to form a smooth batter. The batter should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Prepare the Onions:

  • Thinly slice the onions and place them in a separate bowl.
  • Add chopped green chillies and freshly chopped coriander leaves to the onions.

Combine Batter and Onions:

  • Add the onion mixture to the chickpea flour batter. Mix well to coat the onions evenly with the batter. The batter should lightly coat each onion slice.

Heat Oil:

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. The oil should be hot but not smoking. To check if the oil is ready, drop a small amount of batter into the oil – if it sizzles and rises to the top, the oil is ready.

Fry the bhajis:

  • Using your fingers or a spoon, carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter-coated onions into the hot oil. Fry in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry until the pakodas turn golden brown and crispy. This usually takes about 3-4 minutes per batch.

Drain and Serve:

  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried bhajis from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. This helps to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve the bhajis hot with mint chutney, tamarind sauce, or your favourite dipping sauce.

Enjoy the delicious onion bhajis as a snack or appetiser, and savour the blend of flavours and textures in every bite!

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Pyaaz Pakoda, also known as Onion Bhaji, is a popular Indian snack that’s enjoyed across the country and beyond. These crispy fritters are made by coating thinly sliced onions in a spiced chickpea flour batter and deep-frying until golden and crunchy. Often served with mint chutney or tamarind sauce, making them a delicious appetiser or treat.

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