Monday, May 19, 2008

Vengaya (Onion) Pakoda

The weather here is just perfect for some Onion Pakodas - in the teens and early 20s (C) with some showers.... Paired with a cup of tea, it's the ultimate way to relax and unwind.

I've used the following recipe from Mr. Hemant Trivedi's website so many times and it has always resulted in perfect pakodas. I love the passion with which he describes the food and the recipe itself. So, here's yet another winner of a recipe... which is always a hit.



Rice Flour - 150 gms
Besan (kadalai maavu) - 150 gms
Onions (big) - 3 to 4, sliced lengthwise into 2 inch pieces
Green Chillies - 4 to 5, chopped
Curry leaves - 3 stalks, chopped
Oil - 3 to 4 tsps + enough to deep fry pakodas
Baking Soda - a couple pinches
Chilli powder - 1 to 2 tsp, or to taste
Salt, to taste

1) Mix the rice flour and besan with salt and chilli powder. Now toss in the sliced onions, green chillies, curry leaves and mix this.

2) In a small bowl, mix the 4 tsps of oil with the baking soda thoroughly. Add this to the onion-flour mixture and combine.

3) Heat the oil to deep fry the pakodas and when it's at the right temperature (test by dropping a small piece, it should sizzle, fry and float up immediately), take a batch from the onion-flour mixture and add as little water as possible to just dampen and hold it together.

4) Now drop this batch into the hot oil (as small pieces) and deep fry till crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and serve hot. Repeat this with the remaining onion-flour mixture, remembering to dampen each portion just before dropping them in oil.


  1. its pakoda weather here too... but my tummy's upset after the camping trip. so tempting!!

    I made something similar:

  2. those pakodas are so inviting, Lavanya! Yummy!

  3. Love onion pakoras....these look yummy!!

  4. Pakoda looks mouth-watering, yummy yummy :)))

  5. i love pakoras.... i make them very often...urs is so yummy looking

  6. They came out perfect laavanya ur pakoda

  7. Looks Perfect... I love them. Good tea time snack or as a side dish with Sambar & Rasam.

  8. Oh, how I wish I had some of those right now, looks delicious!:))

  9. Its raining here right now, and what more luring can it be other than the onion pakodas on a plate....i am waiting for the courier man

  10. it is pakoda weather here too...but my ever expanding waistline leaves me no choice but just drool :D

  11. yummmmmmyy laavanya ,pakodas looks soo crispy and golden

  12. am bookmarking this recipe..looks to tempting

  13. Hi Lavanya...
    This is my hubby's fav. Urs looks too good. I really wanted to try it for him. YUM!

  14. true, excellent w/ tea! they look so crispy :)

  15. My favorite, Laavanya!! They look mouthwateringly delicious!!! :)

  16. Oh boy! This is an eternal fav!

  17. Your pakodas look so much like the ones my dad would buy regularly for us from this place in Mylapore(I forget the name of the shop now). The best onion pakodas I've ever eaten! :)

  18. Hey Laav,since I did not see you blog for a month, I thought you went 'missing'. Hope you and your little one had a great trip back in India.

    The pakodas look yummy!

  19. lovely lovely pakodas..I make the same way too...though its not the season right now here..i won't mind having them!..:)

  20. yummy pakodas. with the monsoons just round the corner here in India...gr8 time for pakodas and onion pakodas are my fav.

  21. Lovely pakodas Lav.. Still remember the ones u made when we visited u!!

  22. Looks yummy! Love pakodas any time of the year.

  23. Raaga, I do remember your onion baje recipe - that had a great colour to it. Hope you get well soon.

    Thank you Uma, Hetal, Madhavi, sangeeth, Cham, Jayashree & Cilantro for your sweet words.

    Asha, hop on over anytime.. I live in your neighbouring state :)

    Bhags, did the courier man deliver it yet? Thanks for dropping in.

    Rajitha, my EEW (ever expanding waistline) doesn't allow such snacks either so I forced my husband to eat up everything fast so there wouldn't be much to tempt me.

    Thank you Maheswari and Sagari.

    Divya, I hope you give them a shot sometime.. let me know how you liked it.

    Sukanya, same here.. he keeps pestering me for these and if there was some way i could make and not eat these, i would gladly oblige.

    Thank you Richa, Kalai & DK.

    Aww.. TBC - thanks! :)

    Hi Red Chillies, yes I was away on a trip back home.. we had a lovely time and are now back here to the daily grind... How are you? Is your son starting pre-school too?

    Thank you Srivalli. I know.. I was amazed at how my mom and MIL were able to cook when I couldn't even stand to be in the kitchen for 10 minutes without sweating like I had just run a marathon.

    Thank you Vandana.

    Hey Seema, thank you.. :) Am glad you liked it... arun was using you as an excuse to eat these *ha ha*.

    Thank you homecooked.. that's a true statement - me too.

  24. Perfect for rainy was drizzling a bit today and we made samosa.....

  25. wow, now that's one pakoda I've always loved!:)

  26. Hey its my favorite i made them 2 days back./...:D ours looks crunchy and yummy

  27. We had v cloudy weather here today, for a short while, and my colleague was craving something like this - unfortunately, we were stuck in the office

  28. something waits for you in my blog..please check:))

  29. Laavanya, feel like coming for evening snack. Very crispy. Viji

  30. Hi,visiting ur blog for the first time,nice blog.Would love to see u on my blog
    I love onion pakoras........
    Pakoras are looking yummy and mouth watering.

  31. NOW look what you have done - I am craving for some hot "pagodas" from Adyar Ananda Bhavan in Chennai!

  32. Laavanya,

    Thanks for writing good words about me and my recipe on your blog.

    For my latest recipes, you may visit or follow my food blog.

    Thanks once again.

    Hemant Trivedi


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