Onion pakora

by Rachel Kelly

A popular fried, Indian snack

Onion pakora (also known as bhajia, depending on which part of the Indian sub-continent you are from), are a popular Indian snack or street food. These fried vegetable fritters were shown to me by the mother of a friend of mine, who was only too happy to teach me how to cook her favourite Indian dishes when her own children sadly showed no interest in learning whatsoever!

Ajwain seeds taste like a curious combination of thyme, oregano and star anise, they have a slightly fragrant medicinal flavour and are well worth seeking out.


2-3 onions, halved and sliced as thinly as possible
2 green chillies, very finely chopped
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin seeds, roughly chopped
½ tsp ajwain seeds
6 tbsp chickpea (gram) flour
½ tsp salt, or to taste
2 tbsp water
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying