How to Make Indian Chicken Pakora Fritters

chicken pakoras

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serve 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
280 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serve 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 280
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 189278mg 8,229%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 23g
Calcium 205mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mouth-wateringly tasty pakoras are a favorite hot snack food in India and usually made with veggies dipped in a gram flour batter and deep fried. However, there's nothing to stop you from experimenting with using different meats, chicken, and fish, as in this recipe for chicken pakoras. Everybody has their own variation for pakora batter and this recipe is no different. It actually doesn't even use a traditional batter: the dry ingredients are simply added to the marinated chicken to coat it.

The ingredients used, including curry leaves and green chilies, bring a South Indian flair that complements the chicken perfectly. Try serving chicken pakoras with green onion raita. Pakoras are a terrific appetizer for when you throw your next party, but you may not need that kind of excuse to make a batch. Casually rustle some up for your family, especially on a rainy or cold day. Add a steaming cup of masala chai and you'll be in foodie heaven!


  • 1 lb. (500g) chicken thigh fillet (cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes or pieces)
  • 1 tsp. ginger (paste)
  • 1 tsp. garlic (paste)
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt (less, if desired)
  • 3/4 cup Bengal gram flour
  • 3 tsp. cornflour
  • Optional: 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 large onion (sliced very thinly)
  • 2 green chilies (chopped very fine)
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (fresh, finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the chicken pieces into a colander and let them drain so that most of the liquid is removed from them. Pat dry with a paper towel an put into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the ginger and garlic pastes, garam masala, turmeric powder, and salt and mix well to coat all the chicken pieces. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator to marinate for 1 to 2 hours. The longer you marinate the tastier the pakora will be.

  3. After the chicken has marinated, using a fine-mesh colander or sifter, sift in the Bengal gram flour (this makes the pakoras lighter and fluffier). Add the cornflour, red chili powder (if using), onion, green chilies, curry leaves and chopped coriander and mix thoroughly so that the chicken pieces are fully coated.

  4. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or medium pot, heat the oil for deep-frying. You will know the oil is hot when you drop in a piece of chicken and the oil sizzles and the chicken slowly comes to the surface.

  5. Add a few pieces of chicken, coated with the marinade, at a time. Fry until golden on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to gently turn every now and then.

  6. When golden, remove the chicken pakoras from the oil with a slotted spoon, draining the oil, and rest on paper towels to remove even more oil.

  7. Serve piping hot with raita and a steaming cup of masala chai.

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