Onion Fritters [Bhaji]

26 Aug
I love onion bhaji’s and I’ve tried a lot of recipes but what mostly comes out are heavy stodgy lumps. What I want are the bhaji’s I used to eat as a student in Glasgow,  light, crisp and spicy morsels full of onions. This is them, mostly onion with just enough spicy coating to keep the sliced onion together while it fries. Delicious with a cooling yogurt sauce or spicy chilli sauce.
  • 1 kg onions
  • 2  heaped tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed, ground
  • 1 tsp garam masala recipe I
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne or to taste
  • small handful coriander leaf, chopped
  • 1-3 green chilli, minced
  • salt
  • oil for deep frying
Slice the onions and put then into a large mixing bowl, sprinkle with the spices and herbs and stir well to coat. Set a pan of vegetable oil to heat. Meanwhile sprinkle the chickpea flour, a little at a time, into the bowl of onions and really stir well to coat. Just use enough to coat the onions or if you want a more solid bhaji add a little more chickpea flour. When the the oil is hot drop in small spoonfulls of the mixture. Fry until golden, drain and serve with tamarind chutney, a sweet mint yogurt or chilli sauce.
Variation
Onion and Fenugreek Pakoras
I grow fenugreek and love using the fresh leaves in pakoras. I use the same method as above and add about a cupfull of fresh leaves a little more chickpea flour and make pakoras.
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2 Responses to “Onion Fritters [Bhaji]”

  1. Kate 31/08/2010 at 08:33 #

    I love your recipes, Laura, except I reduce the chilli!! Long time no see on your other blog. You both MUST come and visit me soon.

  2. Laura 31/08/2010 at 17:17 #

    That is the beauty of chillis Kate you can put as littlw or as much as you like or milder chillis to get the flavour but not the heat. Not had much time for the blogs this year – got so much on out there on the land and at the house. We are fencing (1 kilometre round the terraces and gardens), re-building parts of the house and making some lovely renovations (a new ensuite bathroom) so we have more room and it is easier to have guests. We would LOVE to get to Aus one day and Tasmania would be a must. Hope all is well with you and I know we will see each other one of these days either in France or in Australia 🙂

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