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Khekada bhaji (Onion Pakoda)

Khekada bhaji (Onion Pakoda)

These pakodas get their name due to their appearance. Khekada in Marathi (my mother tongue) means crab. They look like small crabs hence the name. These pakodas are the speciality of the place called Sinhgad. Sinhgad is a fort near Pune which has a great history and all Puneites are very proud of this place. It's a very popular destination for all people firstly due to its heritage but also once you reach the top you can enjoy panoramic views. It’s not very difficult to climb and has road to the top as well so accessible to all.

This place is also known for khekada bhaji and Dahi (Yogurt). After climbing the hill, it’s really satisfying to have hot crispy pakodas and refreshing cold yogurt served in earthen pots.

Preparation time :

10 minutes

Cooking time :

30 minutes

Total time :

Serves :





Rice flour

Chilli powder

Coriander powder




In a large bowl add onion slices. Make sure stem is cut so that you can separate the slices.

Keep aside for at least 30 minutes.

Add coriander powder and mix well.

Sift besan before use to make sure that there are no lumps.

Add besan and rice flour. Mix well. You need besan just enough to coat onion slices. Onion slices still can be seen. At the same time make sure mixture is not too dry. Sprinkle little water if needed just to add little moisture. Due to less besan, onions slices when added to oil get caramelised making pakodas crispy.

Heat oil in a pan. Add small portions of mixture to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan otherwise pakodas will not cook properly.

Fry on medium heat until they are cooked and turn brown.


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