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Shrimp Onion Pakoras or Fritters | Indian Snack

Cripsy pakoras with shrimp, perfect snack for any day…

Pakoras are a popular Indian snack or appetizer that consists of onions, mixed veggies, or minced chicken mixed with a batter made from chickpea flour and spices and then deep-fried until crispy.

The other day I made shrimp onion pakoras. Shrimp pakoras are not that common in India; chicken, onion or vegetable pakoras are the popular ones.

I love shrimp so I decided to try with it; finely chopped onions, and shrimp mixed together along with all-purpose flour, rice flour, salt, and water. The mixture is then dropped by spoonfuls into hot oil and fried until crispy and golden brown.

I served the shrimp onion pakoras with tomato ketchup, can be also enjoyed with chutneys or dips, such as mint chutney or tamarind chutney. These pakoras have a crispy texture and delicious flavor, with the shrimp adding a unique and savory taste to the pakoras.

Shrimp Onion Pakoras or Fritters | Indian Snack
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 9
  • Shrimp- 12, chopped small
  • Onion, chopped small- 2 medium-sized onions
  • Ginger, grated- 1 tsp
  • Green chilies, chopped- 1 or 2
  • Curry leaves, chopped- 8 leaves (optional)
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • All-purpose flour- ½ cup
  • Rice flour- ¼ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 3 tbsp
  • water- 3 tbsp
  1. I've taken large-sized shrimp, hence chopped it into small pieces.
  2. To a large bowl, add all the above-mentioned ingredients along with 3 tbsp water to bind the mixture.
  3. I've added all-purpose flour, you can also add gram flour or chickpeas flour, or besan instead.
  4. Place a frying pan over medium heat, add enough oil for deep frying.
  5. Using your fingers (or use a spoon) take some of the pakora mixture, can be shaped into a round shape & drop it into the hot oil.
  6. Fry till golden brown in color.
  7. Transfer to a plate lined with a kitchen paper towel.
  8. Enjoy the delicious pakoras while they are hot along with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.



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