Kanda Bhajiya/bhaji Recipe,how to make onion pakora| onion fritters

Priya Joshi | Jun 27, 2016 | 6 Comments so far

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Hey foodies,
Kanda bhajiya is widely famous as "Kanda Bhajji OR Kanda pakora" in  most of the places in india.Onion pakoda recipe or kanda bhaji is a deep fried onion fritters made with gram flour and spices.
In Mumbai, it is known as Kanda Bhaji. For those who doesn’t know, kanda means onion and bhaji means fritters. So also known as onion fritters. pakoras are usually served with some fried salted green chilies and a green chutney or sweet chutney. this whole combo is also served with the indian Masala chai.

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Coming to the recipe back,
the onion pakoras also taste good with Pav and can be sandwiched between pav just like Vada pav and some chutneys(tomato chutney).
you can also bake the onion pakoras. i have never tried baking pakoras, but have seen some recipes. baked pakoras will taste differently than fried ones.
I have added some rice flour which also helps to make it crispy. I have added ajwain (carom seeds) to make it easy digestion. As pakoda are deep fried and sometimes besan can become heavy on stomach.

Other Teatime snack REcipes you might enjoy
Khaman dhokla
Pav-bhaji Sandwich
Sev puri
Vada pav

Recipe Details for making Onion pakora below:

  Recipe Onion pakora-how to make Kanda bhaji/bhajiya

Prep Time :10 min
Cook Time : 15 min
Total Time :25 min
Main Ingredient :Onions, and gram flour
Serves : 2-3
Cuisine :Mumbai, Maharashtrian

  • 1 large [or medium] size onion ,sliced [check out Picture here for reference]
  • Salt to taste
  • Besan / Gram flour as per your need [1/3 cup to 1/2 cup approx]
  • carom seeds/ajwain 1 tbsp
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro/ coriander leaves
  • a pinch of red chili powder[optional]
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda [optional]
  • a pinch of coriander powder[optional]
  • Oil for frying
  • water as required
  1. Slice your onions thin. Check out tutorial here if you found any difficulties.
  2. Add salt,carom seeds,turmeric powder,red chili powder in sliced onions and mix well.
  3. Add rice flour and mix.
  4. Add 3 tbsp of gram flour first and mix well.
  5. Add 1 tbsp Water and mix.
  6. Chek the batter consistency, If it requires water then add it by spoon.If you like thick and fluffy pakora then add gram flour as well by spoon.
  7. Heat oil in kadai /deep frying pan.
  8. Using spoon or hands, gentely pour the batter.
  9. Fry the pakoras until golden brown on medium low flame so that it cooks well.
  10. Serve with chutney and hot tea.
  • The onions have to be sliced thinly and not thickly as thin slices will get cooked faster than thick slices. if the slices are thick, then while frying the chick pea flour or besan gets cooked but the onion slices remain half cooked.
  • Some don't like the taste and flavor of baking soda, So they can avoid it.I am using baking soda to get extra fluffiness in pakoras.
  • In the batter, you can also add 1 or 2 teaspoon of oil. this makes the onion pakoras crisp and it absorbs less oil while frying. 
  • The temperature of the oil has to be correct while frying. the oil should not be too hot or cold. If it is hot, then the outside of the pakoras will get fried but the inside will be under cooked. if it is not hot, then the onion pakoras will absorb oil while frying and will be too oil-laden once fried.

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  1. Ohh great snacks to be enjoyed during monsoons...nice.

  2. OMG! This is one of my favorite snacks and I so wish I could grab that platter right away! Major drooling!

  3. I can finish off this one in no time. YUMMY!

  4. The joy of having these pakodas in this rain..ahh..I want some for my tea today

  5. I really feel like munching this irresistible bhajiya's right now

  6. Wow!! I wish I could taste these yummy pakodas. Too tempting :)


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