When we South Indians think of fritters/pakodi, we think Chick pea flour/Besan and Rice flour, right? Here I thought I should give this combo a break and try with cornflour. I know that the Indo-Chinese Manchurian is made with cornflour and so wanted to try these fritters with a 'corny' twist. One bite into these fritters and I knew that I made a good choice!! These turned out ultra - crispy and tasty. And all the picky eaters bit their way to empty plates :)

Cornflour Onion Pakodi

Ingredients - 

Cornflour 1 cup (I used the yellow corn flour) + more if needed
Chick pea flour / Besan 3 Tbsp
Onions sliced 1-1 1/2 cup
Red Chilli Powder to taste
Salt to taste
Garam Masala to taste
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Coriander leaves / Cilantro, chopped 3 Tbsp
Water as needed
Oil to deep fry

Method Of Preparation - 

In a mixing bowl, add cornflour, besan, red chilli powder, salt, garam masala, coriander leaves and ginger-garlic paste and mix well.

Heat a frying pan with oil while the dough/batter gets ready. 

Mix in the sliced onions and make a stiff dough using as little water as needed. [The onions will shed some water too.] I had to sprinkle a little cornflour for the last batch as the dough was a little soggy.

When the oil is hot enough [test by gently sliding a little dough in the oil and it should rise to the top almost immediately], pinch a spoonful of dough, flatten it a little and gently slide into the oil.

Cornflour Onion Pakodi

Fry them in batches and take care not to over crowd the oil. Let them brown evenly on both the sides and remove with a slotted ladle onto the kitchen paper towels to drain excess oil.

Serve with Ketchup or any other chutney of your choice.

Having enjoyed these fritters with my family, want to share these with all of you by sending them to 'Design A Menu - 2' happening here at Tamalapaku.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Makes 3-4 generous servings
Posted by Harini on Thursday, April 21, 2011


  1. Archana Says:
  2. Lovely fitters! Look very crisp and make me want to reach out for the ketchup bottle.

  3. looks crunchy and delicious. Nice combo with corn flour.

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. Wow those look irresistible - Mental notes : I must deviate from the besan recipe to try this sometime! yummy pakodey, Harini!

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. That looks really crispy and delicious. I may give it a try too :)

  8. Suma Gandlur Says:
  9. Crispy and yummy Harini. Somehow, I don't buy corn flour at all. BTW, this time whole menu need not be published?

  10. Harini Says:
  11. Thanks everybody.
    @Suma - This time I thought I would publish the menu after I finish all the items in the menu, to have an extra bit of surprise :)

  12. Elaichii Says:
  13. The pakodas look so crispy, perfect tea time snack!

  14. delicious snacks yummy pakoda

  15. yummy pakoda..

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. I make this too....cornflour is much healthier than besan, dont u think?
    I make even murrukus too with corn flour!:)
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  18. Suparna Says:
  19. fritters look crispy, perfect for the rainy season... thanks for ur version of the recipe, adding cornflour is new to me.

  20. crispy pakodis.. yummyy:)

    new to ur space n happy to follow u for more wonderful creations..
    do visit me when u get time ..

  21. Srivalli Says:
  22. Looks great Harini, we enjoy this a lot too..:)

  23. Lovely crispy pakoras..love 2 munch them 4 evening snack wid tea

  24. Priya Suresh Says:
  25. They looks soo crispy and very addictive..

  26. Suman Singh Says:
  27. Perfect tea time snack..looks so crispy and delicious..never tried making pakodas with corn flour..nice and unique recipe..thanks for sharing!

  28. Malar Gandhi Says:
  29. Very crispy pakoras...perfect with evening chai

  30. aipi Says:
  31. Wow- they look so crunchy- munchy!
    US Masala

  32. jayasree Says:
  33. Corn flour sure makes it extra crispy. Though I sometimes add in small quantities while making pakodas, I wouldnot have thought this way. Truly tempting pakoda...

  34. Shobha Says:
  35. yummy and crispy fritters.
    Please collect FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.

  36. Anonymous Says:
  37. When will you post again ? Been looking forward to this !

  38. benazir Says:
  39. I love the recipes i am also a food blogger and I am on Wordpress You can find me in Instagram
    Facebook and Twitter the link for my blog are on those sites I am making stuff all of the time I have made some of the things on your blog and got my avacadi hating husband to enjoy avocados in roti form he couldn't tell which was funny lol

  40. Unknown Says:

  41. good blog ! looks for delicious, i love onion pakodi. thankyou for shearing this information with us!Online Food Delivery

  42. Unknown Says:

  43. very nice blog! it is my first time visit i here. your roll looks good. We do make . thankyou for shearing this information with
    us!chowringhee laxmi nagar

  44. Unknown Says:

  45. I love the addition of fennel seeds in this dish! Sounds delicious!thankyou for shearing! chowringhee

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