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A mound of air fryer pakoras with coriander on top. Behind the air fryer pakoras is green chili sauce, and tomato ketchup.

Air fryer pakora | No fry pakora | Healthy onion pakora

Air fryer pakora is a healthy version of the popular Indian and Pakistani snack, the pakora which is traditionally deep fried. This air fryer pakora recipe has all the flavor of a regular pakora, with a fraction of the calories.
Course Appetizer, Iftar, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Keyword Air fryer Ramadan recipes, Air fryer recipes, Iftar recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 50 kcal


  • 1/2 cup / 8 tablespoon chickpea flour / besan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt to taste about ½ teaspoon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons coriander leaves / cilantro chopped
  • 2 green chilies seeds removed and sliced (adjust to taste)
  • oil spray if oil spray isn't available, then vegetable oil can be applied with a pastry brush


  1. Place the chickpea flour / besan in a bowl, and add red chili powder, coriander, turmeric, salt and baking soda. Stir through, and then add a few tablespoons of water to make a thick batter. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onion, sliced onion, chopped coriander leaves / cilantro to the batter and mix through. If the batter is too thick, you can add a splash of water. In case the batter is too liquid, add a few teaspoons of chickpea flour / besan. The batter should not be too thick, and should not be too thin.
  3. Grease the mini baking molds – you can use a pastry brush or use oil spray. Any kind of baking mold can be used, as long as it's on the smaller side. Pour the batter into the baking molds, filling about ½ - ¾ full, and spray with oil again. The batter shouldn’t be too thick, else it won’t cook from inside.
  4. Place the baking molds in a pre-heated air fryer carefully. Air fry at 180 C for 4 - 5 minutes, until they are golden brown from the top. Open the air fryer basket, and then quickly unmold the air fried pakoras, and place them on the air fryer basket / tray. Use a butter knife, and heat safe gloves as the molds will be hot. Air fry for another 2 – 4 minutes till golden brown on both sides. Reduce the heating time if the baking molds that are used are on the smaller side.
  5. Once the air fryer pakoras are crispy and golden brown, remove and serve hot with green chutney.