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Ponk Vada | How to make Fresh Jowar Pakora

Ponk Vada or Pakoras made with fresh tender Jowar is a delightful snack made during the winter season when it is freshly available.
Course Appetizers & Starters
Keyword Ponk Recipes
By Cook Method Deep Fried
Occasion Evening Snack, Winter Recipes
By Diet Gluten Free, Kid Friendly
Dish Type Deep Fried Dishes, Millets
Author Srivalli


  • 1 cup Jowar / Ponk, Tender ones
  • 1/2 cup Onions
  • 4 to 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 to 3 nos Green Chillies
  • 3 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 3 tbsp Besan / Gram Flour
  • 3 tbsp Jowar Flour
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 to 3 tsp Lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Carom Seeds / Ajwain


  • Wash and drain the ponk. Reserve 2 tbsp aside and take the rest in a mixer along with green chilies, garlic, and ginger.
  • Grind to a coarse paste and the flours, salt, oil, lemon juice, pepper powder, sugar, and ajwain.
  • Mix everything together to a thick batter, the paste should be thicker than dropping consistency.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai, when ready to fry add a pinch of baking soda/eno to the batter and add hot oil to the batter.
  • Drop a tbsp of batter into hot oil and deep fry on medium heat.
  • Cook till it cooks through and drain on to a kitchen towel.
  • Serve with a hot drink.
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