Parsnip-dill leaves pakoras/pakodas – Baked

Pakoda final


These are healthy snacks served as an appetizer. These are Indian style fritters which are generally made using chickpea flour, crunchy veggies of choice and spices mixed together and dalloped into hot oil-fried to perfection and served with  chutney on the side.

If you love pakoras and are watching your weight and health, and you are worried to eat them often just because they are deep fried. Here I tried baked version where you can enjoy them guilt-free. I used grated parsnip and onion for crunchy bites, dill leaves makes the pakoras flavoursome.

Baked pakoras are not only healthy, but also vegan and gluten-free. A perfect snack for your tea time or for parties of get togethers.

Serve this with home made tomato Chilli sauce (Recipe link)

Yields-25-30 pakodas
Preparation time-15 minutes
Baking time-25-30 minutes


  • Grated parsnip-1medium
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped dill leaves-1/2cup
  • Chickpea flour/Gram flour/Besan -1cup
  • Rice flour-1tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Baking soda-a generous pinch
  • Turmeric-1/4tsp
  • Chilli powder-1/2tsp
  • Carom seeds-1/2tsp
  • Oil-1tbsp+for greasing


  • Pre-heat the oven at 200dec C/ 180deg fan. Line the baking tray with baking sheet and grease some oil and set aside.
  • Combine besan, rice flour, salt, baking powder, turmeric, chilli powder, carom seeds in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in parsnip, onion, dill leaves and mix well until combined with the flour mixture.
  • Sprinkle enough water to make the mixture sticky. (make sure not to make it runny just thick paste consistency will do)
  • Using a spoon drop the prepared mixture on to the greased baking sheet-like when making drop cookies.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes (flipping halfway) or until golden brown.

Serve with tomato chilli sauce (Recipe link) OR Green chutney (Recipe link)


  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste.
  • Carrots/sweet corn or any other vegetables can be included as a variation.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on November 25, 2014, in Appetizers, Indian, International, Starters. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Parshnip Pakoda is nice thought:-) looks yum

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  2. sounds delicious! and they look super yummy

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  3. Hello there:) looks yummy..thanks for sharing with us ..

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  4. I know what to cook tonight now, thanks so much 🙂


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