Pyaaji, Onion Pakora (Onion Fritters)

The weather still hasn’t improved much here. It is still cold and on top of that I have been working on writing a grant. So, I decided to make some pakoras that I could eat and enjoy with a cup of coffee while working on editing the grant. Pakoras are deep fried snacks. You can use many different types of  vegetables (onion, potato, cauliflower, spinach, carrot, cabbage) to make pakoras. When we were young, my bhauju used to make this snacks for us and give it to us during our home-work time. These are also excellent snacks for rainy days. In Nepal, pakoras are considered street-food and eaten while taking a stroll during the evenings. There are many different ways of making pakoras. Today’s recipe was modified from the traditional way to make pakoras by my sister Sonam. They turned out to be a great success!
P.S Pyaaj means onion in Nepali. My friend Namrata likes to call these snacks Pyaaji.


2 medium yellow onions, sliced into thin half moon slices
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 cup besan flour
2 green chili, chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (depends on taste)
2 cups vegetable oil to deep fry


1. Cut onions into thin half moon slices. DSC_2363-002

2. In a large dish, add all the ingredients together. Mix well. DSC_2351-001

3. Take a heaping tablespoonfuls of batter and fry them in hot oil. DSC_2356-001

4. Once the fritters are brown, take them out. Place them on the top of paper towel to get rid of excess oil. DSC_2360-001

5. Enjoy onion fritters with ketchup and a cup of tea. DSC_2369-001



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