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Easy Onion Bhajis

Wed, 22 March 2023

Easy Onion Bhajis

Mindi Keane's Easy Onion Bhajis

A bhaji is an Indian crispy fritter. Different vegetables are chopped small, then tossed in a batter with fragrant spices, chili, and coriander, then deep fried until golden brown and crispy.
 
Prep: 30 mins
 
Cook: 20 mins
 
Makes 12
 
Ingredients
 
2 onions finely sliced.
 
2 potatoes grated.
 
100g gram flour
 
½ tsp baking powder
 
½ tsp fennel seeds
 
½ cumin seeds
 
1 tsp chilli powder
 
1 tsp turmeric
 
1 tsp garam masala
 
1 tsp salt
 
1 -2 green chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
 
2 tbsp fresh coriander- finely chopped
 
Vegetable oil for frying
 
Note; Add any vegetables to the batter to make vegetable pakora. (courgettes , Aubergines , Spinach , Cauliflower …
 
Method
 
STEP 1
 
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then add the chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala, fennel seeds, chopped chilli and a good sprinkling of coriander. Mix in about 20ml of cold water to make a thick batter –add a splash more if it feels too stiff or more chickpea flour if it’s too watery
 
STEP 2
 
Add Onions & grated potatoes to the batter mix and coat everything with the chickpea batter.
 
Heat about 5cm of oil in a wok or deep pan. Do not fill the pan more than a third full. Add a tiny speck of batter. If it rises to the surface surrounded by bubbles and starts to brown, then the oil is hot enough for frying.
 
STEP 3
 
Lower heaped tbsps. of the onion bhaji mixture into the pan, a few at a time, and cook for a few mins, turning once, until they are evenly browned and crisp, so about 3-4 mins. Drain on kitchen paper, keep warm while you cook the rest. Serve with the raita.
 
STEP 4
 
For the raita ½ cucumber 150g tub plain /Greek-style yogurt 2 tbsp chopped mint
 
For the raita, peel the cucumber and grate it into a sieve set over another bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients with some seasoning and the drained cucumber – squeezing out any extra moisture with your hands –then spoon into a small serving bowl.

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