Medhu Pakoda


  • Besan flour – 2 cups
  • Rice flour – ¾ cup
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon OR cooking soda – ¼ teaspoon
  • Butter or vanaspathy – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Onion – 1
  • Green Chillies – 3 to 4
  • Fresh ginger – a small piece
  • Cashewnuts – few (optional)
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Chop onion, green chillies and ginger.
  2. Put butter or vanaspathy in a broad vessel. Add baking powder and rub it to get a frothy texture. Add chopped green chillies, ginger, salt and little water and mix well. Then add besan and rice flours along with cashew nut and mix it thoroughly. Finally add chopped onion and mix it once again.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Mix little water to a portion of the flour and make a loose dough. Take a small lump of the dough and drop it in the hot oil. Deep fry in a medium flame till it is golden yellow. Then again mix little water to some more flour mix and make the dough and fry it as above. Repeat the procedure till you finish the flours. (Mixing flour with water by batches will make the pakoda uniform in colour).
  4. Serve with coconut chutney.


  1. Hi Kamala,

    Very nice recipe.I used to love eating medhu pakoda from tea kadais in Chennai.I tried your stuffed okra and wheatflour kesari. Both tasted yumm.Can't wait to try this recipe…


  2. Hi AR,

    Thank you for your comments. Try this medhu pakoda and post your comments.

  3. Dear Kamala,

    I tried the Medhu pakoda y'day and it came out very well. I had it along with a glass of tea and it was very nostalgic cos it tasted superb exactly the way I was used to eating it. Thanks for sharing this Keeper recipe. I also made your Sambar podi and Broad beans Puli Kootu. I loved both.Looking forward to try more recipes from you.

    Thanks for sharing these mouth watering recipes!


  4. Hi AR,

    Thank you once again for taking time and posting your comments.

  5. I tried this recipe. It was good and quite authentic. Only thing is I had added some extra soda and it spoiled the taste a bit. Next time I would be careful. Thanks for the recipe. It works.

  6. i tried methu pakkoda yesterday… it came out very well… going to try apple halwa tomo…. thanks for the recipe….

  7. Hi Kamala – Thanks for sharing the wonderful receipe for medhu pakoda. It came out very well and we enjoyed it. Looking to explore other receipes.

  8. Medhu pakoda is nostalgic! I used to have this at Sarawati Cafe in Trichy. I will try this out this weekend. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  9. The pakodas look really enticing. Now that the monsoon is here, the evenings (especially those of the weekends) call for such hot and spicy pakodas.. What could be better than just sitting by the balcony and enjoying the rains sipping hot tea and pakodas. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

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