How to make Pyazi -

Delicious onion and gram flour flattened pakoras fried twice to give it the perfect crunch.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Onions (प्याज़ ), Gram flour (besan) (बेसन)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters


Pyazi Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pyazi Recipe

  • Onions 4-5 medium

  • Gram flour (besan) 10 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Chaat masala 1 teaspoon

  • Rice flour 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 1 tablespo


Step 1

Roughly chop onions and transfer into a bowl.

Step 2

Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, carom seeds, salt, chopped coriander, chopped mint, 1 teaspoon chaat masala, gram flour, rice flour and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix well using sufficient water to make a thick mixture.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 4

Damp your palms and divide onion mixture into large equal portions shaped into balls (pyazi). Deep-fry pyazi in hot oil till half done. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 5

Apply some oil on the worktop and flatten half-fried pyazis, one by one. Reheat the oil again and deep-fry these flattened pyazis till crisp and golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Transfer pyazis on a serving plate, sprinkle chaat masala on top and serve hot.

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