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Vegetable Pakora

Jackie's Eats & Treats
These crispy, golden, potato and onion bites are a classic Indian finger food and SO delicious 😋
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian


  • 2 cups potatoes, grated or finely sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, grated or finely slide
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose or chickpea flour
  • ½ cup cilantro (aka coriander), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Oil for frying


  • Begin by preparing your ingredients. Note: Keep your potatoes in cold water until you're ready to mix the ingredients together. Using a cheesecloth, remove any excess water from the potatoes.
  • In a large mixing below, add all your ingredients and mix together. Note: You want a sticky mixture, similar texture to what you see in the photo. If the batter seems dry, add some water. If the batter is runny, add more flour.
  • Meanwhile, grab a deep frying pan for your frying. Set the burner to medium and let your oil heat for around 5 to 10 minutes. You'll know the oil is ready by dropping some of the mixture and if it rises to the top, you're ready for frying.
  • Using a spoon, drop a spoonful into the oil. Fry for about 7-10 minutes, flipping as needed, until pakoras are a deep golden color. Note: Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Also keep an eye on the oil heat because you don't want it overheating or you might burn the pakora before they're cooking through.
  • When the pakora is ready remove with a slotted spoon and let them rest on paper towel to drain any excess oil before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite chutney or raita, enjoy and cheers 🍻


  • I don't fry often, but when I do I typically use vegetable oil (which I used for these Pakoras) because it has a neutral flavor.
  • Add fresh chiles, if you want extra heat 😉.
  • These can be made ahead of time and warmed in the oven before serving.
  • Dippers - Pakoras are usually complemented with tamarind, chutney and raita. I love creating my own dippers, usually a cilantro raita and some kind of onion, tomato chutney.
Keyword Indian Fritters, Vegetable Pakora