Keto Onion Pakora | Pakoda (Fritters)

Keto Onion Pakora | Pakoda (Fritters)

Onion pakora is a popular Indian fried snack. It is also called pikora, pakoda, pakodi, fakkura, bhajiya, or bhajji. When thinking of pakoras, I think of a quiet evenings during the monsoon season sitting back and enjoying this treat with a hot cup of masala chai. I need a keto onion pakora.

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Traditionally pakoras are made with batter from chick pea flour and then deep fried. They are often made with different ingredients such as onions, potatoes, plantain, paneer, cauliflower or chili pepper. One cup of chick pea flour contains 43g of net carbs compared to 12g of net carbs in almond flour. This makes it difficult to fit the gram flour version into the macros of the keto diet, but swapping it out with almond flour makes it possible to enjoy this low carb treat. I decided to make it with onions.

Keto Onion Pakora

I created this simple recipe and the results were amazing. The keto onion pakoras were nice and crisp with a soft center. It tasted better than the traditional recipe. Even the non-keto people in our household enjoyed this treat and were grabbing at this version over the traditional ones.

So lets get to it!

Keto Onion Pakora | Pakoda (Fritters)

Keto Onion Pakora Overview

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes 
  • Servings: 5 
  • Calories: 197.2kcal
  • Net carbs: 6g per serving of 3-4 pakoras

Equipment

  • Deep Fryer (optional) – A deep fryer is optional but recommended for this recipe. It makes it much easier to enable temperature control of the oil in contrast to deep frying on stove top.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 4 green chilis finely chopped
  • 4 curry leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts crushed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin whole
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to tast
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs large

Keto Onion Pakora Instructions

  • First, in a bowl mix onion, ginger, green chilies, curry leaves, cilantro, crushed peanuts, baking powder, turmeric powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, almond flour and eggs.
Finely chopped vegetables
Finely chopped vegatables and crushed peanuts
  • Then mix well. Then turn on deep fryer with vegetable oil (or oil of choice) and set at 350° F or heat up pot on stove top on medium with enough oil to enable deep frying.
  • Once oil is hot, scoop a spoonful of the pakora mix and drop it into the oil. Then add multiple scoops of the mix at once with amount depending on size of deep fryer or pot. Then it should take 3-5 minutes and turn brown in color to be done. When each round is done place pakora on a plate with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Pakoda scoops
Spoon Sized Scoops
  • Then serve hot with choice of keto-friendly sauce
pakoda close up angle

Nutrition

Serving: 3-pieces | Calories: 197.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.6g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 65.5mg | Sodium: 654.5mg | Potassium: 105.6mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 445.5IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 88.9mg | Iron: 1.8mg | Net Carbs: 6g

Keto onion pakora close-up

Keto Onion Pakora | Pakoda (Fritters)

A quick and easy recipe to enjoy a delicious crispy snack that is keto friendly.
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: almond flour, keto
Servings: 5
Calories: 197.2kcal
Net Carbs: 6g

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onions - finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 4 green chilies - finely chopped
  • 4 curry leaves - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro - finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts - crushed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin - whole
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt - adjust to tast
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs - large

Instructions

  • In a bowl mix onion, ginger, green chilies, curry leaves, cilantro, crushed peanuts, baking powder, turmeric powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, almond flour and eggs.
  • Mix well. Turn on deep fryer with vegetable oil (or oil of choice) and set at 350° F or heat up pot on stove top on medium with enough oil to enable deep frying.
  • Once oil is hot, scoop a spoonful of the pakora mix and drop it into the oil. Add multiple scoops of the mix at once with amount depending on size of deep fryer or pot. It should take 3-5 minutes and turn brown in color to be done. When each round is done place pakora on a plate with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with choice of keto-friendly sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 3-pieces | Calories: 197.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.6g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 65.5mg | Sodium: 654.5mg | Potassium: 105.6mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 445.5IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 88.9mg | Iron: 1.8mg | Net Carbs: 6g
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