Rainy season is the best time to enjoy piping hot crispy pakora with chai. With monsoon finally here with its green carpet, I had to bring you my best pakora recipes. Here’s our collection of Pakora recipes for Monsoon, you must try all pakoda with a cup of tea.
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.
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.
I love watching the raindrops on my glass window pane, of course with some chai and nashta. With a pleasant cool breeze entering from the narrow passages between the half-open window, some ginger tea/ Adrak wali chai and pakoda completes the picture. This is a common trend amongst most families around the world, we love our meal time chatters!
Fried food always brings joy. Make pakoras with anything paneer, chillies, spinach, onion, cauliflower, dals, chicken to even chawal( rice). 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 and you just can’t have enough of it. Chai and bhuna bhutta is an evergreen monsoon tea time combo. These fritters are even better crunchy munchies for your evening tea 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
This chawal pakora is made with the cold extra rice which was leftover from lunch. 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. These are perfect for unannounced hunger pangs. Chawal ke Pakode.
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. This makes these green chillies a great candidate to make bhajias with. Mirchi bada are chillies stuffed with spiced potato masala and then dunk in the pakoda batter and fried golden. 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 a prized possession of Delhi streets. 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 chutney. Go ahead make this at home! Ram Laddoo recipe.
Amaranth leaves and ragi fritters or lal bhaji ke pakode
Amaranth leaves are called with various names like lal cholia, lal bhaji but one thing I am sure these bhajis ( or leafy veggies) are available in almost all local markets. Combine these high in iron, magnesium and multi-benefit leaves with millet flour to make these healthier fritters for breakfast or evening tea time snacks. Lal Bhaji Pakora
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.
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.