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Onion Pakoras With Avocado Dipping Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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A pakora is an Indian snack that's essentially a vegetable dipped in chickpea flour, so they're naturally gluten-free, and then deep-fried until crispy. These savory onion pakoras are spiced with garlic, cumin, and curry powder and served with a cool, spicy, and creamy avocado dip. These are perfect as an appetizer or snack at any party.

Onion Pakoras With Avocado Dipping Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and removed from skin
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2–1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A pinch of cumin
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water, more as needed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Pakoras:

  • 2 brown onions, sliced thinly into half moons
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup water, more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


To Make the Dipping Sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To Make the Pakoras:

  1. Place sliced onions in a medium bowl. Add chickpea flour, baking powder, and spices. Stir while slowly pouring water into the bowl. You’re looking for a thick pancake batter consistency. It should be holding the onions together relatively well.
  2. Add about 3 inches of vegetable oil into a cast iron skillet. Heat on medium. Place a small piece of an onion in the pan to test. If it instantly sizzles, the oil is hot enough for frying.
  3. Place rounded tablespoons of the mixture in the pan. Flip when golden brown. Allow to cook evenly on both sides and take out and place on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil.
  4. Serve hot with dipping sauce.





Family-friendly vegan dinners and appetizers. I’m Annessia Maillet, one half of vegan recipe and lifestyle blog, Cruelty Free Family. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where I spend my days peacefully parenting my three kiddos and cooking up vegan grub. I'm Beth DeCarlo. I live in Orlando, Florida, where I co-own Valhalla Bakery, a vegan bakery where I literally get to work as a vegan dessert taste tester. Annessia and I created Cruelty Free Family to share our vegan recipes.



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2 comments on “Onion Pakoras With Avocado Dipping Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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7 Months Ago

I would cut the onions a bit smaller, but this dish is amazing! I didn\'t know I could cook like this!

Hayley Restivo
12 Mar 2018

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