Pakora (onion bhaji): food in Nepal

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ September 20th, 2012. Updated on February 18th, 2013. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Nepali food.
Pakora from Nepal

Pakora found in Nepal

Onion Pakora (onion bhaji) in Nepal

It’s an onion bhaji or bhajji with a Nepalese twist. The Pakora is one of the most popular snack foods in India coming in many varieties. In Nepal is also popular but with less varieties and a slightly more Nepalese twist.  Let’s dive into this tasty Nepalese snack food and see what it’s all about.

History of the Pakora

Found and very popular in Pakistan all the way through India and up into Nepal and then China Pakora’s have made it across to International fast food tables in Britain.

Typical Pakora’s are mainly made from two main ingredients: potato and one “extra” before then being dipped in flour and deep-fried in gee. That extra ingredient is then what the Pakora is known as eg. Spinach, egg-plant, onion bhaji etc.

What does an onion pakora or onion bhaji taste like in Nepal?

Of all the little snack food’s I’ve covered here this had to be the nicest. Crunchy and full of onion flavor there’s a chili in their to just highlight a burn without being too over powering. Most of the onion bhaji’s I’ve tasted here have been made from red onion, so there is a little extra color and flavor!

Tips on getting an onion bhaji in Nepal

Well, for starters ask for an onion pakora. Some people will know what an onion bhaji is but not everyone. Then look out for the little purple bits. That’s red onion. Otherwise you might end up getting eggplant pakora. Then have the pakora cooked in front of you and eat it while still hot. It’s a really great tasting snack food in Nepal.

This is an additional article featuring food from Nepal. Nepal’s number one industry is tourism. In covering food from Nepal I am including what you will find everyday in Nepal. From traditional Nepalese food to tourist food. Do read my article on what’s the food like in Nepal for more. 


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14 Great responses to Pakora (onion bhaji): food in Nepal

  1. Debbie says:

    I never knew as much about pakora until today! We eat them a few times a year but only thought they were Indian.

  2. Michael says:

    A Pakora with a kick. I like that. I’m not a big fan of the version they sell over here in Europe, too bland for me. But this souns good.

  3. Jan says:

    Love Bhaji! Bad breath after though … Lassi anyone :)

  4. Sandy Ho says:

    We get this in Malaysia too. Yummy! Looks a little lighter coloured!

  5. Adam says:

    This stuff gave me some badddd toilet treatment a few years ago. I ate from a stall when waiting for a bus to Pokhara. Bad idea … Haven’t been able to look at one since!

  6. Chris says:

    Does it really come in Newspaper? Very much like fish n’ chips in England before they banned the newspaper for plain newspaper.

  7. Fiona says:

    Sometimes it’s the simple food that is the tastiest. The fact that the Pakora you bought were wrapped in newspaper certaily adds to the authentic flavour.

  8. Angela says:

    I’ve had pakora in India, delicious! Not the lightest snack, but still delicious ;)