Thool pakoda recipe

Thool pakoda recipe | Madurai Thool pakoda recipe, Deep-fried onion fritters recipe, with full video and step-by-step pictures.
Madurai style Thool pakoda or Thool bajji in Tamil, is one of the popular snacks from my home town Madurai. There is one shop which sells excellent thool bajji, and my appa used to buy this during weekends. This particular one is made without garlic and fennel seeds so my grandmother is a huge fan of this. We all love to eat this with rasam rice or curd rice or with any lunch meal. So mostly during the weekends, we have thool pakoda as a side, in our lunch platter.

I have posted a baked version of onion pakoda and a deep-fried version of onion pakoda as well. Though the ingredients are almost similar, the few changes, give a very different taste to the pakoda. This pakoda stays very crisp for 2 days and we can keep this for 2 days at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Thool Pakoda recipe

Deep fried onion fritters, a perfect tea time snack and also pairs well with meal too.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Gluten free,, monsoon recipes, tea time snacks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jeyashri suresh

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized onions
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup gram flour | besan | kadalai maavu
  • 2 green chili
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • A small piece ginger
  • Curry leaves few
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 pinches Asafoetida

Instructions

  • Pulse the chili and ginger in a mixie or using a mortar and pestle.
  • In a wide bowl add rice flour, gram flour, salt, asafoetida, curry leaves, ground chili ginger mix and sliced onions.
  • Mix everything well using clean hands and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  • The onions and salt will ooze out little water and make the mixture moist.
  • If it is dry, sprinkle little water and mix well.
  • If you hold this in your hands, you should able to hold this well.
  • And when you break it is should break easily. This is the perfect consistency for making the thool pakoda.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once oil is hot bring the flame to medium.
  • Take a portion of the onion mixture and sprinkle this into the oil.
  • Deep fry on both sides till it becomes golden brown.
  • Once done take out and drain in a kitchen towel.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the onion mixture.
  • Crispy Thool pakodas are ready.
  • You can serve this as a tea time snack or with any lunch meal.

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Notes

  1. Usually sombu or garlic is not added in this Thool pakoda. But if you want you can pulse 3 cloves of garlic and ½ tsp of fennel seeds with green chili and ginger.
  2.  Thool pakoda stays crisp and good in an airtight container for 2 days.
  • Pulse the chili and ginger in a mixie or using a mortar and pestle.
  • In a wide bowl add rice flour, gram flour, salt, asafoetida, curry leaves, ground chili ginger mix and sliced onions.
  • Mix everything well using clean hands and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  • The onions and salt will ooze out little water and make the mixture moist.
  • If it is dry, sprinkle little water and mix well.
  • If you hold this in your hands, you should able to hold this well.
  • And when you break it is should break easily. This is the perfect consistency for making the thool pakoda.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once oil is hot bring the flame to medium.
  • Take a portion of the onion mixture and sprinkle this into the oil.
Thool bajji
  • Deep fry on both sides till it becomes golden brown.
Thool pakoda
  • Once done take out and drain in a kitchen towel.
Thool pakoda
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the onion mixture.
  • Crispy Thool pakodas are ready.
  • You can serve this as a tea time snack or with any lunch meal.
Thool pakoda

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  1. Hi… I tried this recipe today. was it meant to be tool only… it was almost like a crumble. I added a bit more water and finished the remaining batch. please let me if something went wrong – Saraswathi

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