Sunday, June 30, 2013

Onion and Capsicum Pakoda

'Stay off from deep-fried food' is something I have to remind myself often, very often! Yes, I used to be such a junk-food eater and loved all those various kinds of fried goodies that you can think of! They are tasty and appetising and that was all I cared about as a child :P But yeah, over the years there has been a continuous conscious effort to eat healthy and hence these appetising yet cholesterol-heavy fried yummies have been kept at bay. 

But you know what? Its really okay to indulge in a little bit of fried yums occasionally! Well, come on now... with the weather being so divinely beautiful outside... all you want to do is snuggle up against the window with a hot cup of coffee/tea... so don't you think the picture is only complete with a serving of crunchy-munchies?! :P Yay... I see a nod of agreement there! :D

So this is just that - a remedy to a rainy day craving :) Its a simple and quick to make crunchy-munchy pakoda made of capsicum and onions. It was just another day after work and the rain-gods decided to show us some love. Wasting no time, I quickly headed to the kitchen and made us this little snack which we enjoyed with our hot cup of coffee! :) 

Makes: 20-25 pakodas


Capsicum - 1 
Onion - 1
Green Chillies - 2-3
Gram flour - 2 tsp
Rice flour - 4 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Oil – For frying
Salt – to taste


  • Slice the onions lengthwise, dice the capsicum into tiny squares and finely mince the green chillies.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss in the cut veggies. 
  • Add gram flour, rice flour, corn flour, a pinch of salt, a little red chilli powder and water as needed to make a mildly-runny-but-not-too-runny batter. Mix well.
  • Let it rest for a while.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Once the oil is boiling hot, using a small ladle scoop out portions of the batter and gently drop them into the oil and deep fry until they turn golden brown.
  • Line a serving bowl with tissue papers and transfer the fried pakodas to drain excess oil.
  • Let them rest for 2 minutes and then remove the tissue papers and serve hot with tomato ketchup or mayonnaise and a cup of hot coffee or tea!


  1. Yes...lovely bhajjis n they r reak treats!!!

  2. I am also a addict to the fried ones... These pakoda tempts me again....

  3. Nandita, so true! rainy season in incomplete without hot pakora and chai. Here in the hills, road side eateries make onion and chilly pakoras. If the chilly is hot, it keeps you hissing for hours. Capsicum is a great idea. I loved the third snap with a splash of bright red ketchup amidst pakoras in black and white. I also loved the cute name for the labels "light yums".

  4. looks perfect for a rainy evening Nan! and that plate looks so rustic

  5. It is always so hard to keep yourself away from such goodies. I am actually craving to make some of my own!!