Medium-sized onion 2 (finely chopped)
Besan (Chickpea flour) 2 cups
Rice flour 2/3 cup
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Sodium bicarb 1 pinch
Salt 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Asafotida 1/4 tsp
Oil to fry 1/2 liter + 1 tbsp hot oil
Mix all the dry ingredients and the spoonful of hot oil in a bowl and add just enough water to make a stiff dough. Heat the oil in a frying pan and when the oil is hot enough drop small pieces of the batter and deep fry till golden in color.
Drain the oil by placing the fried pakoda on a paper towel and serve with tomato sauce or coriander chutney.