Baked Onion Pakoda

IMG_8909 Two weeks back it was raining, and both hubby and I felt like having some pakoda. But the calorie factor alarmed us. Hubby suggested trying some baked pakoda, like Baked besan Bonda.  As the consistency of batter differs for both, I googled for some tips, and saw Shruti’s baked pakoda recipe. Her pakodas attracted me a lot, and I tried them with few changes


Besan/Chickpea flour/Garbanzo flour/Gram flour – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 thinly sliced

Semolina/ Rice Flour – 2 tbsp 

Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp

Baking Soda -1/4 tsp heaped

Hing – genorus pinch

Carom Seeds –  1/8 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp (I used olive oil)

Cookong Spray/oil – to grease ( I used Pam Olive Oil spray)

Salt – as needed

IMG_8914 Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenhait
  • In a bowl add all the listed ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle about 1 tbsp of water
  • Add aluminum foil to the baking tray and grease with cooking spray
  • Take small portion and place it in such a way they don’t overlap


  • Bake them for about 20  minutes turning sides in between or until they are crisp and golden brown


My Notes

  • Instead of 1/4 tsp of baking soda, 3/4 tsp of baking powder can be used
  • I let the onions turn brown, as we like crispy onions. You can take it out a little early as well

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56 thoughts on “Baked Onion Pakoda

  1. plasterers bristol April 12, 2015 at 7:12 AM Reply

    Lovely, i love this, and been meaning to make some myself. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  2. […] like having some crispy snack. When I was thinking what to do, many recipes came to my mind like Baked Pakoda, baked bonda, baked bread roll, baked bread Tikki but all those recipes demanded some work, lazy me […]

  3. Chef Amy at Remke Markets October 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM Reply

    I absolutely love this recipe Vidya, zucchini would be good too, I must try these for sure!! Thank you for posting 🙂

  4. Paal Kesari | Traditionally Modern Food September 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM Reply

    […] Having a sweet tooth, sis and I ask Amma to frequently prepare kesari with any snack like bhajji, pakoda , Bonda etc. My mom used to tease us asking “Entha Mapalai varar ungala parka ;-)” In […]

  5. Spinach Pakoras (Baked) | Malar's Kitchen September 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM Reply

    […] preparing pakora and did not want to have the deep fried one’s. Ever since Vidya posted her Onion Pakora, I wanted to try the same way. So all credit goes to my dear friend 🙂 Completely a guilt free […]

  6. […] a weekend evening, felt like having some quick snack. I fist thought of doing Baked Besan Bonda/ Baked Onion Pakoda, but I didn’t have enough Besan flour. I also didn’t have enough patience to soak and […]

  7. saumua September 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM Reply

    I tried to make dese but they got stuck on my aluminum foil.. 😦

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 5, 2014 at 9:55 PM Reply

      Guess greasing is not enough dear.. Pls add some more cooking spray/ oil and try. Was the batter thick?

  8. […] and this time even stronger! My sis casually asked me why can’t I bake seedai, like baked Pakoda and Bonda, so that mom won’t get scared with me using hot oil for seedai. Why didn’t […]

  9. polianthus August 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM Reply

    love this baked not fried perfect 🙂 thanks for popping by my blog and liking the article on procrastination, from your blog I suspect you are more of a target tigger than a procrastinator but one never can tell 🙂

  10. Sherien August 7, 2014 at 5:53 AM Reply

    Perfectly baked…

  11. Charanya August 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM Reply

    OMG… I love love pakoras. But scared to fry them. Let me see if I can make them this weekend.

  12. natasha August 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM Reply

    Baked pakoda healthy and tasty…will try these…

  13. Liz August 5, 2014 at 11:32 PM Reply

    oh man, they look positively addicting!

  14. HostessAtHeart August 5, 2014 at 10:42 PM Reply

    Delicious! What a great recipe. I love that these are baked.

  15. cpriya78 August 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM Reply

    Lovely recipe dear! Look so crunchy and tempting!

  16. spiceinthecity August 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM Reply

    Rain & onion pakodas: the perfect combo 😀

  17. Gina August 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM Reply

    How exciting! Gluten free and baked onion Pakoda. My daughter is experimenting with a gluten-free diet and finding that she likes it. I know she will appreciate this recipe.

  18. simplyvegetarian777 August 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM Reply

    Can you beat that? Amazing :).

  19. Hasna August 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM Reply

    It luks jst the ssame… i guess it tastes the same too..wonderful job

  20. Aruna Panangipally August 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM Reply

    You are making it easy peasy to indulge.

  21. thesunshinewindow August 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM Reply

    I prefer baking to deep frying anytime. Your pakoda looks delicious and healthy without the addition of all that oil.

  22. MamaD1xx4xy August 5, 2014 at 5:37 AM Reply

    These look yummy!

  23. Poornima August 5, 2014 at 5:02 AM Reply

    I made similar pakoda with cabbage just yesterday. 🙂
    These onion pakodas look so crispy. beautiful pics!

  24. Bikramjit August 5, 2014 at 4:57 AM Reply

    baked.. now that is surly healthy I can try that as I cant eat anything fried too much 🙂

  25. Chitra Jagadish August 5, 2014 at 1:43 AM Reply

    Healthy pakoda looks awesome vidya just loving it….

  26. Lori August 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM Reply

    Vidya, I have no idea what these are but I know I want some!!! They sound awesome!

  27. lapetitepaniere August 5, 2014 at 12:44 AM Reply

    I love it Vidya 🙂 I can eat a full plate 😀

  28. Shruti August 5, 2014 at 12:32 AM Reply

    Awww thanks a ton dear!!! Glad that you liked it… And I’m tempted to make them this week as it’s raining here 🙂

  29. derekthezenchef August 5, 2014 at 12:13 AM Reply

    They look pretty crispy, are they? Too bad I don’t have an oven now to try it! Also, kudos for reducing the calories by baking (a la “eating for longevity” post). Best,

  30. Malar August 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM Reply

    I tried once with mixing some dosa flour also , didn’t work out 😛 yours looks fabulous , I have to try it soon , very nice dear 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM Reply

      Sure Malar, do try this.. Yes with Idli dosa batter my mom use to prepare kunuku.. Never tried baking them

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