Cabbage fritters

Cabbage Fritters/Pakora’s|How to make

Cabbage Pakoda/Fritters are a lip smacking favorite rainy day snack in India.Having them with a cup of hot steaming coffee is a perfect evening snack on a rainy day.This deep fried cabbage fritter is also a party favorite.

It is made with finely shredded cabbage mixed with onions and bound together with a batter of chick pea and rice flour and flavored with spices & seasoning and deep fried to a golden brown.

Cabbage fritters
Cabbage fritters/Pakora’s

What is a Pakora/Pakoda?

A Fritter or Pakora/vada, as we call it in India, is a fried food usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables or other ingredients.

Fritters are prepared in both sweet and savory varieties.

The savory ones are the rainy day favorites.

Pakoras/Fritters/Vada can have any vegetable as a filling, the most common ones in Indian cooking are potato, cabbage, onions, spinach, cauliflower, courgettes, zucchini, eggplant, chick pea and long green chilies.

The sweet ones are made for festivals and celebrations.The festive sweet fritters are made with wheat and sweetened with sugar or jaggery.

The Back Story

It seems like the April showers never left us even in the month of May. What better than a plate full of crispy cabbage fritters with a cup of piping hot coffee on a cold rainy day.

Our temperatures have been all over the place, this season.Nothing a spicy hot cabbage fritter can’t fix. Dipping them in tomato ketchup or hot chili sauce, comfortably seated on the couch ,in Pj’s and watching movies on Netflix, seems like a perfect plan for a rainy evening.

There are some foods that will magically transform your thoughts to happy memories from the past, this one is one of them!

Pakora’s/Fritters irrespective of what vegetable they are made from, have always been a staple during rainy weather.

Be it sharing an umbrella with friends and eating them from a food cart as a student, or stepping into home fully soaked in rain, only to smell the delicious aroma of fried fritters fill your senses, the pakoras/fritters always won!

Cabbage Fritters/Pakora Recipe

Cabbage Fritters/Pakora's|How to make

Cabbage Fritters/Pakora’s|How to make

Recipe by Maya Shetty
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  • 3 cups Shredded cabbage

  • 1 large Onion finely sliced

  • 2-3 Green chilies chopped

  • 1/2 cup Besan or Gram Flour

  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste

  • 1 tsp Ajwain/Carom seeds

  • A handful Cilantro/Coriander leaves

  • A sprig Curry leaves

  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying


  • Cut the cabbage in quarters and soak them in warm salted water for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse in fresh water.Shred and drain using a colander.
  • In a mixing bowl place the shredded cabbage and sprinkle salt.
  • To this now add the sliced onions, green chiles, ginger garlic paste, ajwain seeds, cilantro and curry leaves and mix them well.Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Now to this add the gram flour/Besan and the rice flour and mix it well. The water in the cabbage will release water to the mix eventually, though it might look crumbly in the beginning. Add very little water if required.
  • Making Pakoras/Fritters
  • Heat vegetable oil for deep frying fritters in a wok. When hot, switch the stove to medium flame.
  • Next make small balls of the dough cabbage mix and gently drop it in the hot oil along the sides of the wok, make sure not to splash the hot oil.
  • Wait until they urn golden brown, now gently turn them over, so they are cooked evenly on both sides.
  • When golden brown on either side, gently remove them from the oil, making sure to drain any oil along the sides.Then place them on an absorbent kitchen tissue, to drain any left over oil.
  • Serve Cabbage Pakora’s with hot coffee, as an evening snack.

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The Bottom Line

Try our Cabbage Fritters today and give us your feedback on how it turned out for you. Be it deep frying or with your air fryer, it sure will keep you warm and happy.A perfect rainy day or cold weather snack!

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