Monsoons are officially a Pakora season in India. So it's perfect time to share these crispy spicy Indian pakora recipes that are ideal to serve with a cup of masala chai or ginger tea.
Here's my collection of best tasting unique pakora recipes when you are craving these yummy crispy deep-fried vegetable pakora with chutney .
What Are Pakora?
Pakoras, pakoda, bhajiya, ponaco, bhajji, or fritters whatever you may call them, one thing is for sure it is easy and super quick to make. Pakoras are highly popular in Indian homes as tea time snacks because we love to munch and slurp together.
So basically Pakora are delicious deep-fried Indian fritters made with gram flour or chickpeas flour and some other main ingredient along with spices.
Are Pakora Healthy?
Fit or not, all of us love fried food. Monsoon without Pakora and garama garam masala chai are totally unthinkable, at least as far as I am concerned. Pakoda doesn't really have to be dripping with oil when you deep fry. But the good news is with Air fryer available in most homes, You don't have to make them dripping with oil, you can always air-fry. If you still prefer deep fried pakora, Do read my tips and techniques on how to deep fry.
Different Pakoras Of India
Fried food always brings joy. Make pakoras with anything paneer, chillies, spinach, onion, cauliflower, dals, chicken pakora to even chawal pakora. When you are making pakora recipe there are so many possibilities and twisted variations of pakoras.
I have put up a few of my favourite pakora recipes. A health freak that you and I are, we could twist up the calorie count a little and later compensate with some extra walking.
My 10 Best pakora recipes for Monsoon
Special paneer pakora
I call them special because of a hidden surprise inside them. A layer of spicy masala mix is sandwiched between two slices of fresh soft paneer. The pakoras come out crisp from the outside and creamy from the inside. Paneer Pakora recipe.
Paneer onion pakoda
Paneer onion pakoda or “panion” pakoda as I call it is one of my best creations in the kitchen. Chunks of creamy paneer wrapped around with a batter of gram flour and sliced onions or pyaz ke lachche, deep fried to result in absolutely mesmerising flavours of onion and paneer. Paneer Onion pakoda.
Palak patta pakode (PPP) is a really loved pakore of Delhi streets. This is an upgraded version of the palak pakoda where I add a little-sliced onion and grated paneer to the palak batter. Spinach is healthy and tasty as well. Considerably, if you are consuming oily food why not go for the healthier possible combinations. Palak Pakoda recipe.
Bhutte ke pakode /corn Pakoda is crispy sweet corn poppers. You just can't have enough of it. Chai and roasted corn is an evergreen monsoo combo. These fritters are even better crunchy munchies for your evening tea time conversations. Corn Pakoda recipe.
Ragi and methi pakoda- fenugreek and millet fritters
If you are looking for healthier options of fried snacks this recipe is a double bonanza. It is made of ragi and methi both powerhouses of nutrients plus on an air fryer. It is a must try. Ragi and Methi Pakoda
Chawal ke pakore/ Rice Pakora
This chawal pakora is made with the leftover rice . They are super crispy and I added sooji for the extra crunch. It is an easy quick fix for the urge of fried food. A recipe like this one is something you can quickly whip up from the ingredients in your kitchen. Chawal ke Pakode Recipe.
Rajasthani Mirchi bada
This is a popular pakoda in jodhpur called Mirchi bada. The green chillies used to make this are larger but less fiery. Don't shy away from this spicy treat because everything is not as it looks like, you have to try it yourself. Mirchi Vada recipe
Ram laddoo is famous street food of Delhi. You will find these moong daal ke laddoo a.k.a ram laddoo in every shopping hub or general market streets of Delhi. These fluffy balls with a thin crisp layer are served with a garnishing of shredded radish and some meethi and teekhi green chutney. Go ahead make this at home! Ram Laddoo recipe.
Aloo Vada/Aloo Pakora
Crispy batata vada aloo vada/Aloo pakora. which is a very popular Mumbai street snack. Also known as Aloo vada, most amazing thing about a good batata vada is it’s chutney. It is a popular tea time snack. Aloo Bonda Recipe.
Corn Pakora Recipe
Corn is favorite food in monsoons. SO why not corn pakora on your plate with that cup of chai. Try this Delicious Corn Pakora piping hot with green chutney for maximum flavour.
Unique Steamed Egg Pakora Recipe
This egg pakora is not your regular egg pakora. The egg is prepared in special way and then dipped in besan pakora mix and deep fried. All I can tell you is It's sheer delight for all egg lovers. Try this Egg Pakora recipe and let me know 🙂
Buck-Wheat or Kuttu Pakora (fasting Recipe)
India is a land of festivals and fasts. As per Indian desi calendar month of shravan and other fasts Falahar fast is observed. This is perfect pakora recipe to serve even if you are observing farali fast. Kuttu/ Buckwheat Pakora Recipe
Tips for Making Less Oily Pakora
- My secret tip for making less oily pakoras is to take out the pakoras on high flame, oil is thin when hot so it seeps back into the pan leaving your fritters with less oil. Also be patient to allow the oil to seep back.
- Use low absorb oil or even better make them in air fryer.
- Another way of making pakodas healthier is to bake them.
- A tip to make perfect crispy golden fritters is to take them out from the oil when they are one tone lighter to what you imagine them to look like.
- Do this because the fritters keep cooking with the heat in them.