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Easy Ulli Vada / Onion pakoras! - Salt and Sour

Easy Ulli Vada / Onion pakoras!

Some times, in the evening around 4 o’ clock when I go to the kitchen to make tea, I sense wonderful aroma of fried snacks coming in through my kitchen window. Undoubtedly, it is from the kitchen of the apartment downstairs. Because, when they cook something great,the aroma flows into my kitchen with the wind. I assume, there is a wonderful cook who lives downstairs and I should definitely meet him/her one day. 

So, whenever I get the smell of the fried snacks they make, I turn my head towards the onion basket at the kitchen corner. Then I immediately confirm that there is still some besan left in the fridge. Finally, I end up making these wonderful ulli vadas. I push the tempting aromas downstairs through my window hoping that it would reach their kitchen too.. Such a sweet revenge, isn’t it? ?

So let us quickly take a look at how to make ulli vada for tea. Thus makes about 5 ulli vadas.

  1. Onions chopped lengthwise-1 big size.
  2. Besan/ chickpea flour- 3 tbsp or just to coat the chopped onion.
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Chilli powder-1 tsp
  5. Sugar- 1 pinch
  6. Green chilli- 1 optional
  7. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
  8. Curry leaves- chopped finely.
  9. Oil for frying


  • Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. I have not added any water here. Crush the onion with your hands while mixing. The water from the onion makes a paste with the other ingredients, which makes the pakoras more crispy, flavorful and tasty.
  • Make small balls and do not press too much. Make a rough shaped ball and deep fry in hot oil.
  • Sip your hot tea and take a bite of these ulli vadas. Happy tea time!

Enjoy cooking!

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