Who does not like Onion Pakoras?! It's a perfect tea-time snack on a rainy day, or any other day! Thinly sliced onions mixed along with spices, besan and deep fried till golden can be a treat along side a hot cup of tea! This can be made in a jiffy - whenever I have remaining besan batter left over from deep frying anything, I simply add sliced onions, rice flour, some crushed coriander seeds, and voila, you have onion pakora batter ready to fry!
There are various recipes, but here is my version which is very easy.
2 medium onion, sliced thinly lengthwise
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 cup rice flour or corn starch (adjust this accordingly)
3/4 cup besan/bengal gram powder (adjust this accordingly)
salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
1) In a bowl, add the thinly sliced onions, red chili powder, rice flour, besan (bengal gram powder), salt and mix well until everything is combined without using any water. Set this aside for about 10 to 15 minutes.
2) The mixture will be much softer now as onions releases moisture which should be good enough to bind everything together. At this point, add the coriander seeds and crush it a little using a mortar and psetle. If you feel its a bit watery, you can add a little rice flour and mix again.
3) Heat oil in a frying pan, and when oil is smoking hot, drop the onion mixture in small batches, and fry until golden. When done, carefully remove using a slotted spoon and drain on a kitchen paper towel.
Serve hot with Chai!