How To Make Pakoras In Air Fryer

How To Make Pakoras In Air Fryer With Little To No Problem

I have a confession to make, I don’t have a clue what’s a pakoras. I do know that after reading this post, you will learn how to make pakoras in air fryer and together we can learn too.

What Is A Pakora?

A pakora is a fritter made with chickpea flour and vegetables. This dish is very popular in India and Pakistan although it is called something else, it’s called bhajiya or bhaji. The bhaji is a popular appetizer and snack in India and Pakistan. If you celebrate Ramadan then this would be an ideal appetizer to serve at Iftar. There is a tradition that when it rains you should eat pakoras with chai. That’s a wonderful tradition that I may try when I make it.

You can cook the pakoras differently, based on the filling that you put in the pakora. You make green chili, spinach, potatoes, and my favorite onion pakoras. When you’re cooking pakora, traditionally is cooked deep-fried. But as you know we are living in a health craze world hence an air fryer recipe is created so that you can any pakoras you want.

What is the difference between an air fryer pakora and a deep-fried pakora?

As we already know that air fryers don’t a lot of oil while the deep-fried method will use a lot of oil. Cooking pakoras is the only way I know how to cook it if I’m being honest. I grew up with pakoras, well I know it as fritters but that is beside the point. The point is it’s going to be hard to eat it any other way but we all must make sacrifices. If you have never eaten pakoras or something to that version then it would be best to go with the air fryer method of cooking it.

I need to create the pakoras the air fryer way as well, so, that I can stop thinking about the deep-fried way and stop feeling guilty. A friend of mine told me that when they used the air fryer method to cook the pakoras, it wasn’t the same taste like the deep fryer method but it still came out crispy. The air fryer is a great way to improve your health.

Making Onion Pakora In An Air Fryer?

Batter Up

In a bowl add your water, baking soda, chickpea, and your favorite spices. If you haven’t noticed but we are making the batter. You should know that using baking soda optional, but you should know that you will be missing out on pakoras that are fluffy. Mix the batter until the content is fully combined. It is best if you let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Eat your greens

In the same bowl add your chopped or slice green chili, cilantro, and the main ingredient, onion. There is something about slice onion that will give your pakoras a crispy characteristic. While chopped onion will make your pakoras bulky. With this information, you can choose if you want to chop or slice your onion.

Molding the pakoras batter

Spray a baking mold with an oil spray. Whatever baking molds you have, no matter the shape it will work. The only requirement for the baking molds is that it needs to be a mini baking mold. Pour the batter into the prepped baking mold that was sprayed with oil earlier.

Time To Cook The Pakoras

Set your air fryer temperature at 350 degrees F and let it preheat for 5 minutes. Put the baking molds into the air fryer let it cook until the pakoras are golden brown on the top or cook it for 3-5 minutes, depending on your air fryer power. Take out the molds and unmold the pakoras. Place the pakoras in the air fryer basket without the molds and cook it until it’s golden brown or cook for 2-4 minutes. That should be it, you can add green chutney and enjoy.

Recipes that Are like the Pakoras

Here are some recipes that are similar to pakoras but they are not pakoras.

Squash Fritters

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 7 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 yellow summer squash, grated
  • 1/3 cup carrot, grated
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • A pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a bowl, mix cream cheese with squash, breadcrumbs, oregano, egg, pepper, carrot, and salt. Mix until it is fully combined.
  2. Shape the patties out into a medium size, of the mix and brush them with the oil.
  3. Place squash patties in your air fryer and cook them for 7 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  4. Serve them for lunch.
  5. Enjoy!

Chard Fritters


Four portions:

  • 100 gr whole wheat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 chard bouquet
  • 5 tablespoons mix seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Wash the chard
  2. Cook the chard for a minute, and then proceed to cut it thinly.
  3. In a bowl, place the three eggs with the milk and the seed and beat.
  4. Place the cut chard in the bowl, then place the flour, the baking powder, and the oil in a flash.
  5. Turn on our fryer, set it at about 356 °, and wait a few minutes to warm up.
  6. With the Fritolin, brush the basket and place the previously prepared mixture with a spoon.
  7. After a few minutes, turn around to brown on the other side.


While we were doing this post, I realize that pakoras and fritter are the same. I personally know it as fritters. It just goes to show that one way or another that this world is small. There is a different version of pakoras around the world. Some ingredients and cooking methods will be different but overall, you are going to enjoy pakoras. That’s it for me and I will see you at the next one.

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