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Air fryer vegetable pakora

Air Fryer Pakora

Air fryer pakora - a healthier version of traditional Indian pakora made in the air fryer and with the Mazola Heart Healthy Corn Oil. Presenting my version of the baked, vegetable air-fried pakora recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Air fryer pakora, Air fryer recipe, Baked pakora, instant pot kadhi pakora, no-fry pakora, oil-free pakora, pakora, Spicy pakora
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $5


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 1/4 cup Besan Gram flour
  • 3 tablespoon Rice Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder or Paprika
  • A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cabbage sliced into thin long strips
  • 1/2 Onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsps. finely chopped Green Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Mazola Corn Oil
  • Ketchup and Chutney to serve


  • Method of Making Air-Fryer Pakora:
  • Mix besan with rice flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, take all the veggies and add spices and salt. Set aside for five minutes to allow vegetables to lose some water.
  • Now add 2 tbsp of Mazola Corn oil and mix well. Add besan-rice flour mixture and give a good mix. Set aside for a few minutes.
  • After 5-6 minutes, mix the batter/dough again and add a tbsp of water at a time or more as needed to make a batter of dough-like consistency. Remember that the consistency of the batter should be thick, not liquidy.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 355F for 5 minutes.
  • Now line the air fryer tray with an aluminum foil and grease it with cooking oil spray.
  • Take a small spoon and scoop out an equal amount of mixture onto it.
  • Air fry at 355F for 12 minutes while turning the pakoras halfway between cooking and then air fry again for 4 minutes at 325 F. Depending on the air fryer, pakoras may take 10-20 minutes to cook through and crispy. Once the pakoras are evenly brown and crispy, they are done.
  • Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.

Instant Pot CrispLid

  • Preheat the instant pot CrispLid at 355F for 5 minutes.
  • Line the basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Add pakora dough balls onto the greased CrispLid Basket, and set the temperature for 6 minutes at 355F. After 6 minutes, turn them and cook for another 6 minutes or until desired crispness.
  • Serve hot with chutney.


  • Preheat the oven at 350F for 5-6 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it well.
  • Use a tablespoon to make pakora dough balls and flatten them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes and turn and then bake again for another 4-5 minutes till the edges are brown.
  • Some ovens may take long for making the pakoras super crispy. Keep an eye on them after 8 minutes to see if any signs of overcooking.
  • Once baked, allow them to cool down a bit before serving. Usually, the baked version becomes crispier a few minutes after the baking.
  • Serve hot with chutney.



  • Never add more than 2 tbsp of oil to the batter. Or else, the pakoras will be crumbly after cooking.
  • Do not add more water to the batter. It will be a mess while cooking in the air fryer.
  • Do not use veggies like tomatoes, zucchini or water-based vegetables in pakora.
  • Other vegetables that work well in this recipe are cauliflowers, potatoes, and spinach.


Serving: 120g | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 177mg