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DIY: Make Delicious Onion Rings Desi Style!

Anokhi DIY Culture & Lifestyle Fitness & Nutrition Sep 18, 2016

Whether it’s a tea time treat or the starter course to your meal, onion pakoras or bhajias are a go-to South Asian snack.

But traditional pakoras can get doughy and soak up a fair bit of oil, making them heavy and rubbery. So we’ve got the perfect solution for you to enjoy your favourite fried fritters without the excess dough and oil. Check out our hybrid, fusion onion ring pakora recipe that’s sure to be a hit at your next chai session with friends.


Hybrid onion ring pakoras are a fun twist on a South Asian classic!
Image Credit:
Dilshad Burman


  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 cup chick pea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi) – optional
  • 2 cups trans-fat free vegetable/canola oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the onion and cut sideways into rings, approximately one finger thick and set aside.
  • Pour the oil into a large wok or kadhai and heat gradually on low to medium heat.
  • Prepare the batter in a large bowl by combining all the dry ingredients and just enough water to make a thick paste of dropping consistency, similar to a thick cake batter.
  • Test the oil temperature by dropping a few drops of the batter into it. If the drops quickly float to the surface, the oil is hot enough.
  • Separate the onion slices into individual rings, thoroughly coat one ring at a time in the batter and gently release into the hot oil to deep fry.
  • Fry no more than 4 or 5 rings at a time to avoid clumping and so that they can cook evenly.
  • Fry till golden brown and remove with a slotted spoon onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Serve with your favourite chutneys and sauces and enjoy a light, crispy snack with some hot chai.

Main Image Photo Credit: Dilshad Burman 

Dilshad Burman

Dilshad Burman


Dilshad Burman is an award winning TV host and Canadian media personality.   Born in Mumbai, India, she was surrounded by its creative energy and grew up with a passion for music, film and television. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from The University of Mumbai, she i...


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