Onion Bhajis


Onion bhajis make a great snack or starter for an Indian meal. I decided to make these after going out for an Indian meal in Birmingham this week. They’re easy to make and much better than shop bought ones.

This will make about 20 bhajis

So what do you need?

  • 4-5 medium-sized onions (about 800g of onions)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • a sprig of curry leaves (optional)
  • a small munch of coriander
  • a lemon / lime
  • 300g gram flour
  • 150ml water
  • vegetable oil for frying

So what do you do?

Start by peeling and finely slicing the onions. I cut the onions in half and then slice them finely and then separate the pieces and put them in a large mixing bowl. Then crush the cumin seeds in a mortar a little and add them, next crush the garlic with the salt and add it. Then chop up the curry leaves and a handful of coriander and add them along with the other dry spices and mix everything together. Then add the gram flour and the bicarbonate of soda and cover the onions in the flour. Next add a squeeze of lemon juice, about a tablespoon, and add most of the water. Mix everything together. you want a thick batter that covers all the onions so be careful not to add too much water and make it sloppy so add water until you get it right.

Leave to stand while you heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok. The oil should be at least a centimeter deep. When the oil is hot use a tablespoon to spoon dollops of the onion mixture into the frying pan, making sure you leave some space between each bhaji. Fry for a minute or two until golden brown and then turn over. Once cooked on both sides drain off any excess oil and keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest of the bhajis. Serve with a pickle or chutney.








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