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Besan bhajiya recipe | no soda besan pakoda | besan pakora

Besan bhajiya (pakoda) are crispy, fluffy, deep-fried fritters made with a batter of gram flour (besan) and various spices. In this recipe, I share a special technique to make the bhajiya fluffy and soft without adding soda or Eno. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a perfect tea-time snack or appetizer. I would also like to share chutney recipes that complement bhajiya. These chutneys are slightly spicy, tangy, and taste great with the snack. Do give them a try!

The key to making tasty besan bhajiya at home are
  • Firstly, I made bhajiya only with besan batter. I whisked the batter for 5 minutes to incorporate air, whisking until the besan changes its color and becomes light and fluffy.
  • Secondly, the consistency of the bhajiya batter should be of medium thickness and ribbon-like when pouring. If your batter is too thin, add some gram flour to achieve the perfect consistency.
  • Lastly, do not stir immediately after adding the bhajiya to the hot oil to prevent them from spreading. Also, fry them on a medium flame. Avoid frying them on a low flame, as they tend to absorb more oil and become soggy.
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Besan bhajiya recipe | no soda besan pakoda | besan pakora

Author Nehas Cook Book
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


For besan bhajiya

  • 2 cup or 200 grm gram flour - besan
  • 1 cup water or as required
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 chopped green chilli
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp hot oil
  • Oil for frying.

For sweet bhajiya chutney

  • ½ cup dates - khajur
  • 2 tbsp tamarind
  • 3 tbsp jaggery
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup + ½ cup water or as required


  • Fried chillies
  • Onion slices


Making besan bhajiya (pakoda)

  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 cup besan. Add water gradually and make medium thick batter and ribbon like pouring consistency of batter. (refer video)
  • Now whisk batter for 5 minutes so it become light and fluffy.
  • Now add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, salt to taste, pinch of hing, 1 tsp ajwain, 1 cup chopped onion, 3-4 chopped green chilli and ½ cup coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Now add Add 1 tbsp hot oil and mix well.
  • Batter is ready. Batter consistency should be medium thick and pouring.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying.
  • Once oil is hot enough Drop small balls in it using your hand or with help of two spoons.
  • Fry bhajiya on medium flame. Remove them on wire rack
  • Repeat the same frying for rest.
  • Besan bhajiya is ready serve with chutney and cup of hot tea.

For sweet bhajiya chutney

  • In a mixing bowl, add ½ cup dates and 2 tbsp tamarind. Add 1.5 cup water and soak it for 40 minutes.
  • Now add soaked dates and tamrind into mixture jar.
  • Then add 3 tbsp jaggery, 5-6 garlic cloves, 1 green chilli, 1 inch ginger pieces, 1 tsp white sesame seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, pinch of salt, 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder and ½ cup water. Grind it into smooth paste.
  • Sieve the chutney mixture. Add some water to make chutney consistency slightly thin.
  • Finally add some coriander seeds and white sesame seeds. Mix well.
  • Sweet bhajiya chutney is ready to serve


  • The consistency of the batter should be medium-thick and ribbon-like when poured.
  • Whisk the batter until the besan slightly changes its color and becomes fluffy.
  • Adding hot oil makes the bhajiya crispy.
  • The gas flame should be high when you add the bhajiya into the hot oil so it becomes fluffy.
  • Fry the bhajiya on a medium flame so it cooks from the inside.
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