Recipe: Crispy Onion Bhajis


You may already make a curry at home, but have you ever considered a bhaji? It's so quick and simple, that you've got to give it a go. Our own spice blend (all dry spices that are easy to keep in the cupboard) and use of gram flour make this version taste as great as at a restaurant, but anybody and everybody can cook them!


  • 1 selection dips & chutneys (to serve)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 white onions
  • 150 g gram flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
preheat the oil

Step 1

Preheat The Oil

Preheat a pan of vegetable oil to 175°C, making sure the pan is only half filled up.

slice the onions

Step 2

Slice The Onions

Peel and slice the onions as finely as possible.

Mix the batter

Step 3

Mix The Batter

Stir together the gram flour salt and all the spices in a bowl. Chop the coriander and add to the flour. Pour in 150ml cold water, as you whisk, until you have a thick gloopy paste.

Batter the onions

Step 4

Batter The Onions

Toss the sliced onions in the batter, then with tongs or a fork lower small blobs of the oniony mixture into the oil.

fry the bhajis

Step 5

Fry The Bhajis

Fry for 3-4 minutes, turning them in the oil every so often, until they are golden and crispy.

drain and serve

Step 6

Drain And Serve

Fish them from the oil and drain on kitchen paper, before serving alongside a curry or with a selection of dips and chutneys and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serves 4

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