Onion Bhajis

Mar 23, 2020 | 4 comments


Onion Bhajis

I made these onion bhajis recently and was very pleased with them. In these times of stripped supermarket shelves, recipes using minimal ingredients are even more useful than normal

I used gram flour (chickpea flour), but if you don’t have that, ordinary flour would also work well. The key to this recipe is the tiny amounts that are fried for each bhaji. Any more than a really mean amount will come out as more of a pancake, which would be lovely, but not a bhaji.

I have done this with fine strips of red cabbage and Savoy cabbage. Would work too with ribbons of carrot, swede, celeriac or any hard vegetable

You can change the flavour by adding curry powder or paste; Thai paste; lots of black pepper; tomato puree; soy sauce in place of some of  the water etc. Have a play, see what you come up with – and let us know so we can copy you 🙂

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onion bhajis

Onion Bhaji's

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
dairy free by Olguioo from the Noun Project
Dairy Free
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
vegan by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 6p
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 80 ml water
  • 100 g gram flour £1/kg, 10p
  • 1 onion about 140g, a medium onion, 70p/kg, 10p
  • 2 tblsp oil to fry in, £1.09/litre, 3p
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Peel & slice the onion into crescents, very thinly
  • Mix in everything else
  • Heat the oil and fry tablespoons of mixture for a couple of minutes each side until brown and crispy.
  • If you use too much mixture at a time, they will be thicker and more puddingy. So be sparing
  • Best eaten immediately, while they're crisp


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Add any spices you like or a spoonful of any curry paste
I've specified 2 tblsp of oil to fry in, because the calories are counted. You may need more than that to fry in, but it isn't all soaked up when cooking

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Nutrition Facts
Onion Bhaji's
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Thrifty Lesley

    Sounds a good combination. Garlic and cumin sound good, I’m using a lot of cumin seeds at the moment !

  2. Sara

    5 stars
    I added nigella seeds and some cool chili powder. And thinned the batter a littel bit.


    next time I am thinking finely chopped garlic and cumin…

  3. Thrifty Lesley

    I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that as I’ve not used one. If you would cook pancakes in there, then yes, they would

  4. Sally

    Do they work in an air fryer please?

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