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Baked Onion Pakora | Easy GF & Vegan Snacks

Yes, you read that right ! We have been experimenting with Baked (and no fry versions) of Popular snacks like – 


These are apart from Eggless Muffins and the Quick Breads that get made.

So, today we have the ever popular Onion Pakora (a.k.a Kanda Bhajiya or the Vengaaya Pakoda) but in an absolutely guilt free version. You don’t need any reason to make this and eat it.

Does it taste as crunchy ? Almost (the deep fry makes it crunchy, but we are not frying, right?)

Is it as tasty? yes, definitely. 

Is it healthy ? Absolutely. 

If that tempts you, just keep aside 20 mins to make this quick tea time (actually, anytime snack!)


More pakora varieties:

Baked Onion Pakora | Gluten Free & Vegan Snack | Baked and healthy

Cuisine : indian | Course : Snack / Appetiser

Prep time : 10 mins, Bake time : 18-20 mins



  • Onions – 2 large
  • Besan / Gramflour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Crushed Ajwain (carrom seeds) + coriander seeds – 1 tsp in all
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 4 TBSP (divided use)


How to:

  1. Halve the onions and finely slice them lengthwise. Add the salt and leave for 5 mins, then add the spices, salt, besan and rice flour. Rub the onions into the mixed flours and mix the spices thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oven to 200 C (375F)
  3. Add half the oil and rub it into the mixture. 
  4. On a baking tray, take small portions of this mixture and place them on the lined tray. Spray the rest of the oil and bake for 15-18 mins, tossing them midway, till crisp.
  5. Serve immediately 

So far in the Protein rich Blogging Marathon, we have :

Day 1 Beetroot Hummus
Day 2 Vegan Almond Basil Pesto
Day 3 Ram Ladoo (Gulgule)
Day 4 Cream
of Peas Soup
Day 5 Morappam
Day 6 Baked
Peas Kachori
Day 7 Khatta
Day 8 Paneer
Tikka Manchurian
Day 9 Cheddar
and Burnt Garlic Cauliflower soup
Day 10 Red
Rice Idly
Day 11 Kanjeevaram
Day 12 Whole
Moong Chaat
Day 13 Vegetarian Shammi Kebabs



  1. vaishali sabnani

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  2. vaishali sabnani

    vaishali sabnaniSeptember 16, 2017
    Oh this is so cool , now we can have pakoras without feeling guilty . I have tried making them in a air fryer but haven't tried the baked version . You have tempted me with these , let me make them tonight and make hubby happy :))

  3. Such a guilt free onion pakoras, if i make this i cant stop myself just with one. Thats a smart idea of baking onion pakoras Kalyani. Super like.

  4. Fantastic bake Kalyani, you have so many baked dishes of deep fried healthy!..I am still trying to make these snacks in oven, must try..

  5. Frying of course gives that taste and texture that we associate with pakoras, but with our sedentary lifestyle this tradeoff of Baking for frying is better for us.

  6. Nalini's Kitchen

    Addictive snack made in a healthy and guilt free way.Would give it a try soon.

  7. am crazy about pakodas. But never tried a baked version. Must try soon. – Anlet Prince

  8. Sharmila kingsly

    Perfect for me.. I am going to try this baked version soon.. Lovely share..

  9. Baked version of pakoda is a dream come true. I could have them all the time! Amazing pick Kalyani!

  10. A wonderful way to enjoy pakodas without any guilt.Have to try it out soon.

  11. Gayathri Kumar

    You are the queen of converting recipes to absolute healthy ones Kalyani. These onion pakodas look amazing, so much like the deep fried ones but amzingly healthy.

  12. This one I am going to try as soon as I can use besan. It's so tempting especially today as it is raining to try my hand at these pakoda.

  13. cookingwithsapana

    I always thought the fried pakora won't let date good if baked but seeing your posts I am pretty sure they tasted amazing.

  14. I am yet to try baked pakoras. These looks yum and perfect for those rainy afternoons. Awesome job baking it.

  15. I never tried baked pakoras.. it looks tempting and crisp and good point is low calorie..

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