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Onion Fritters

I’m sure as much as we like our pakoras at home, you also too. As an Indian, we have a certain affinity towards this crisp batter-fried snack called Pakora made with a variety of vegetables, paneer and more. And there’s nothing better than the ones made with onions. Here is a recipe of Onion Fritters that are crunchy munchy and made in South Indian style. Make these fritters for a delicious tea time snack or to enjoy with a hot cup of chai or coffee on rainy days.

onion fritters served on a white plate with a small bowl of tomato ketchup on the side.

What’s Special About These Onion Fritters

Imagine a golden-brown delight, crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside, showcasing the humble onion in all its glory.

Thinly sliced onions, gently coated in a seasoned and spiced gram flour batter, are transformed into crunchy bites of savory goodness.

As these Onion Fritters sizzle to perfection in hot oil, they release an irresistible aroma that draws you in, promising a symphony of flavors with every bite.

The taste and texture of these Onion Fritters are very different than the classic Onion Pakoda, which is more of the North Indian style.

Addition of rice flour makes these South Indian style fritters crispier and crunchier. The addition of curry leaves, coriander leaves and fennel seeds also make these fritters flavorful and unique in taste.

Onion Fritters are made in a variety of ways in regional Indian cuisine. Some of the popular ones include the Kerala style Ulli Vada, Mumbai street style Kanda Bhaji and another South Indian favorite Vengaya Bajji.

These Onion Fritters are not just a snack; they’re a celebration of South Indian culinary finesse, where simple ingredients come together to create something truly extraordinary.

Served hot and fresh, accompanied by a coconut chutney or any other tangy chutney or a cooling yogurt dip, these fritters are a testament to the artistry of South Indian cuisine, leaving you craving for more with every delicious bite.

They are also best enjoyed with a cup of hot ginger chai or filter coffee. You can also sandwich them between burger buns, bread slices or dinner rolls and make into a filling snack.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Onion Fritters

Make Onion Batter

1. Take ½ cup gram flour (besan) or chickpea flour and ¼ cup rice flour in a mixing bowl.

gram flour and rice flour added in a mixing bowl for making onion fritters.

2. Add ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, a pinch of turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder.

These fritters and crispy and crunchy. If you prefer a softer texture in your fritters, feel free to add a pinch of baking soda at this step.

fennels seeds, turmeric powder and red chili powder added to flour mixture.

3. Next, add ½ cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions, 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, 1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves, 1 or 2 chopped green chilies and salt according to taste.

You can also add some ginger in the recipe. You can even consider adding more onions.

thinly sliced onions, chopped coriander leaves, chopped curry leaves, chopped green chilies and salt added to flour mixture.

4. Mix thoroughly.

ingredients mixed well.

5. Sprinkle 3 tablespoon water all over.

adding water to onion mixture.

6. Mix thoroughly again, cover and set aside the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes to rest.

mixture prepared for making onion fritters.

7. During this resting time, the onions will release their juices and the mixture will turn more moist.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons more water and mix well. I added 2 tablespoons water. I usually keep the mixture more moist than what is the norm for this recipe.

As I feel some moisture helps in making these fritters not too hard or dense. The batter has to be of thick, flowing consistency.

mixture for making onion fritters.

Fry Onion Fritters

8. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai (wok) or pan. When the oil becomes medium hot, drop spoonfuls of the prepared mixture in the kadai.

spoonfuls of prepared onion mixture added in hot oil.

9. Flip each fritter when they turn pale golden and the batter has firmed up and cooked to a light golden color.

frying onion fritters in hot oil.

10. While frying, you can regulate the heat from medium to medium-high. Turn over again when the second side has turned light golden or golden.

frying onion fritters in hot oil.

11. Continue to fry until the fritters are golden and crisp, turning them over, as required.

frying onion fritters till golden and crisp in hot oil.

12. Once they are fried to perfection, remove with a slotted spoon.

removing fried onion fritters using a slotted spoon.

13. Keep them on a kitchen paper towel so that extra oil is absorbed. Fry in batches this way.

fried onion fritters placed on kitchen paper towel.

14. Serve Onion Fritters hot with tomato ketchup or tomato chutney or coconut chutney or mint chutney.

You can also have them with a cup of chai or coffee. Some people like to place them as a stuffing between bread slices and pair with a green chutney like coriander chutney or mint cilantro chutney.

onion fritters served on a white plate with a small bowl of tomato ketchup on the side.

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onion fritters served on a white plate.

Onion Fritters

Crisp and crunchy South Indian style deep fried Onion Fritters made with onions, gram flour, rice flour, herbs and spices. Make these fritters for a delicious tea time snack or to enjoy with a hot cup of chai or coffee.

4.80 from 10 votes

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Making Batter

  • Take the gram flour and rice flour in a mixing bowl.

  • Add sliced onions, spices, herbs and salt, except oil.

  • Then sprinkle 3 tablespoons of water all over.

  • Mix thoroughly. Cover the mixture and set aside to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • The onions will release their juices and the batter will become more moist after the resting time is complete. Next add 1 to 2 tablespoon more water and mix well again. I have added 2 tablespoons water. 
  • I usually keep the batter more moist than what is the norm for this recipe. As I feel some moisture helps in making these fritters not too chewy or dense. Keep in mind that the batter has to be of a thick dropping consistency.

Making Onion Fritters

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. When the oil becomes medium hot, drop spoonfuls of batter in the kadai.

  • Flip each onion fritter when they become pale golden.

  • Continue to fry till the onion fritters are golden and crisp, turning over them as required.

  • Once they are fried to perfection, then remove them with a slotted spoon.

  • Keep fritters on kitchen paper towels so that extra oil is absorbed. Fry in batches this way.

  • Serve these crisp onion fritters hot with tomato chutney, coconut chutney, mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

  • You can use chickpea flour, if you do have gram flour or besan. Add water as needed when using chickpea flour to get a thick flowing consistency in the batter.
  • Deep fry on medium-hot oil making sure that the oil is not warm or very hot. 
  • Slice onions thinly so that they cook evenly and give a crispy texture. 
  • To get a softer texture in the fritters, you can opt to add a pinch of baking soda.
  • The recipe can be scaled to make a small batch or a large batch.

Nutrition Facts

Onion Fritters

Amount Per Serving

Calories 381 Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 12g

Sodium 255mg11%

Potassium 446mg13%

Carbohydrates 49g16%

Fiber 8g33%

Sugar 10g11%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 303IU6%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 58mg290%

Vitamin B6 0.4mg20%

Vitamin C 115mg139%

Vitamin E 6mg40%

Vitamin K 5µg5%

Calcium 70mg7%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 732µg183%

Iron 2mg11%

Magnesium 72mg18%

Phosphorus 152mg15%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Onion Fritters recipe from the archives was first published in June 2016. It has been updated and republished on May 2024.

Source: Dassana’s Veg Recipes
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