Onion fritters / Onion Kunnuku

Now what can I do with that 4 ladles of dosa batter that is left over. I can’t make dosa with it , I can’t throw it away either . So My mum suggested we make kunnuku or panniyaram out of it.

Add some chopped onions , rice flour and other veggies to enhance the taste. Heat up the oil in a kadaai , pour small ladles of this batter and fry. Voila!! Hot onion fritters is ready.

Takes 5 minutes to prepare and 10+ minutes to make the fritters. The recipe I’m gonna share can yield about 25 fritters. A perfect tea time snack. If there are any leftover fritters you can have it with curd rice in the night :D.


  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Yield: 25 piece
  • Course or type: appetizer
  • Preparation Time: 10
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Cooking Time: 10


Left over dosa batter
2 Chopped onion
2 chopped Green chillies
1/2 inch chopped ginger
curry leaves
salt (optional)
pinch cooking soda
4 tbsps rice flour


  1. I had about four ladles of dosa batter that could make 2 medium sized dosas.
  2. To this batter add all the ingredients and mix. Make sure they are not too runny in consistency. you should be able to scoop it with a ladle.
  3. Adding salt is optional because as it is the dosa will be salted. But when you add other ingredients , the salt level might reduce and might make the fritters less salty. So add little salt after you mix the batter.
  4. Take a kadaai , keep it on medium high heat. Add in oil , it should cover 1 inch of the kadaai.
  5. Add a small dollop of the batter and check if the oil is hot enough to make the fritters. When you do this , the batter should immediately pop up to the surface and start frying.
  6. Start adding dollops of the batter into the oil. Depending on the size of the kadaai , add the dollops. You don’t want to add too many in a single batch. Fry 4-5 fritters at a time.
  7. When you spoon in the dollops keep the heat in sim , once you are done increase the heat. If you fry the fritters in low heat , it will absorb too much oil and the fritters will be soggy.
  8. Remove the finished fritters in a tissue paper and take out the excess oil. Serve it hot with a chutney of your choice or with sauce during tea time.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Love these kunukus, my childhood favorites!


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