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Aloo Pakoda

Aloo pakoda are crispy, savory potato fritters with gram flour.  
Course Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 big Red Potato grated (1 1/3 cup grated Potato)
  • ½ cup Gram Flour or Besan
  • 2 tbsp Sooji (rice flour is a good substitute)
  • tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ tsp Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
  • ¾ tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • ¾ tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin crushed
  • 4 small Green Chilies
  • ½ small Onion chopped about ½ cup when chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed Garlic
  • chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Spring Onion optional
  • 1-2 tbsp warm Oil
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Peel and coarsely grate potato.
  • Rinse grated potato in water to remove starch.   Squeeze out as much water as possible. 
  • Transfer potato grate to a strainer or a colander and keep aside until ready to use.
  • Chop onions, green chilies, green onions or scallions and cilantro.
  • Heat the oil in a pan for deep frying.
  • In big bowl take gram flour, sooji if using, rice flour, salt, chili powder, cumin, coriander powder, baking soda and mix all the dry ingredients.
  • Add garlic and chopped green chilies, cilantro, green onions, onions to the dry ingredients and mix
  • Then add grated potato to the flour mixture and mix well to form a batter.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp. of oil and mix well. Water is not required. The batter will be thick but not as thick as roti dough.
  • Take fistful of batter and drop small portions of the batter into oil. It is more like sprinkling the batter in oil. 
  • Fry the pakodas for 3-4 minutes on medium flame, turning them around in between or until the pakodas are light golden brown and cooked inside.
  • Remove from oil, drain on paper towels. Repeat the above step for the remaining batter.
  • Serve hot with green chili chutney or as it is. I usually like it without any chutney.


  • Sooji is added to make pokoda crisp. The first time I made these pakoda, I did not use sooji and add 2 tbsp. of rice flour and the pakoda were not crispy. This time I added fine sooji and some rice flour.
  • Grated potatoes canbe substituted with sliced onions to make onion pakoda.