Oil Free Onion Pakoras

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Oil Free Onion Pakoras

Jill Dalton
Pakoras (also known as bhaji) are one of my favorite appetizers to order when we go to an Indian restaurant. They are essentially battered, chopped vegetables that are deep fried. I wanted to have these at home more regularly so I adapted a recipe without using the deep frying method. These oil-free onion pakoras brown beautifully in my waffle iron so now I can have them any day of the week dipped in the delicious tamarind sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 113 kcal




  • Preheat waffle iron to hottest setting.
  • Mix batter ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in onions. It is easiest to mix thoroughly with your hands.
  • Glob mixture in little piles onto heated waffle iron.
  • Let cook for 2-3 rounds so that they will come out without sticking.
  • Mix all tamarind sauce ingredients in a blender.
  • Serve pakoras with the tamarind dipping sauce.
  • Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.


Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 109mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg

16 thoughts on “Oil Free Onion Pakoras”

  1. Using a unusual ingredient as this tamarind makes it impossible for me who lives in a small town and try not too order from the internet….

    1. I just made a sauce out of plain yogurt, lemon juice, and sea salt. You can adjust the spices too if you’re like my husband and don’t like cinnamon and cardamom (from the gram masala) in savory foods. I’ve made them a couple times and I’m pretty sure you could just do chickpea flour, water, and salt and they’d still come out well.

  2. these looks very tasty, I wonder if they work in air fryer. I wanted to ask you where you got those bowls from? They are so cute!

  3. Jennifer Quinn

    I just picked up tamarind paste on a whim at the grocery store this week… and here your recipe includes it! What a wonderful coincidence!!!

    1. Hi Jill
      Would you mind giving a better idea of the amount of onions? The recipe says 2, but the video says 5 cups. Weight?

  4. Thank you Jill for this wonderful recipe. Just made it for dinner. Was a hit with the family. Since it was for dinner I added generous amounts of shredded cabbage too. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you for your efforts!!

  5. Olivia Russell

    Hi there! These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them. I can’t get tamarind puree or garam masala here in Greece but I’ll find substitutes! As I don’t have a waffle iron, can I just put them in the oven? Thank you 🙂

  6. Laura S Hershey

    Jill, Aluminum is the easy peasy way to get rid of onion smell. I just rub my hands on my faucet but I also have an aluminum ‘soap’ bar. You’ll be so amazed!

  7. I just made these and they are amazing! My kitchen smells so good right now!
    Do you think these would work well with grated zucchini too?

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