Pakodas, or crispy, fried fritters, are a popular snack in India. This recipe keeps this snack's ingredients pretty much the same – onions, chickpea and rice flour, curry leaves, seasoning – but bakes them, instead! The result is a pakoda that's crispy on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside. Perfect with a squeeze of lemon or some chutney to dip.

Baked Onion Pakodas: Crispy Indian Onion Fritters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]





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  • 1 cup sliced onion (or 1/2 cup sliced onion and 1/2 cup cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 6 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt, to taste
  • 5-6 curry leaves, shredded
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a medium baking tray with foil. Brush or spread a little oil.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients adding just a teaspoon of water at a time, until a sticky batter is formed.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking tray, spreading it a bit so that there are holes in the batter.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 20-22 minutes until browned. Remove before the edges begin to burn.If they're not crispy enough, reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 633 | Total Carbs: 52 g | Total Fat: 43 g | Total Protein: 11 g | Total Sodium: 182 g | Total Sugar: 6 g Per Serving: Calories: 317 | Carbs: 26 g | Fat: 22 g | Protein: 6 g | Sodium: 91 mg | Sugar: 3 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.