South Indian Onion Pakoda


  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A handful of fresh curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of baking soda (optional, for extra crispiness)
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Prepare the Onions:
    • Peel and thinly slice the onions. Separate the slices into individual rings.
  2. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour (besan), chopped green chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, and a pinch of salt. You can also add a pinch of baking soda if you want extra crispiness.
  3. Add Water:
    • Gradually add water to the dry ingredients and mix to form a thick batter. The batter should coat the back of a spoon and have a smooth consistency.
  4. Add Curry Leaves and Onions:
    • Add fresh curry leaves to the batter and then add the thinly sliced onions. Mix well to ensure that the onions are coated with the batter.
  5. Heat Oil:
    • Heat oil in a deep frying pan or a kadai over medium-high heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small amount of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready.
  6. Fry the Pakodas:
    • Carefully drop spoonfuls of the onion and batter mixture into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches as needed.
  7. Fry Until Golden Brown:
    • Fry the pakodas until they turn golden brown and crispy. Make sure to flip them occasionally for even cooking. This usually takes about 4-5 minutes per batch.
  8. Drain and Serve:
    • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried pakodas from the oil, allowing excess oil to drain. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any remaining oil.
  9. Serve Hot:
    • South Indian Onion Pakodas are best enjoyed hot and crispy. Serve them with your favorite chutney or a cup of hot tea.

South Indian Onion Pakodas are a delightful and crunchy snack that’s perfect for a rainy day or as an appetizer for any occasion. Enjoy!