Onion Bhajis

Mar 23, 2020 | 4 comments

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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 normaI. I used gram flour (chickpea flour), but if you don’t have that, ordinary flour would also work well.

Gram flour has 22g of protein per 100g, whereas white wheat flour has 10g, so twice as much. Gram flour is also gluten free if you areconcerned about that.

How To Make Onion Bhajis

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.

  • 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

A thinner batter will give crisper results than a thicker one. So if it needs it, add little splash more water

Changes you can make to the base recipe

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 
  • or hoisin sauce, sweet chilli sauce or any kind of chutney or pickle

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

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
Cuisine:
Indian
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
Vegan
,
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 6p
Calories: 173kcal
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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

Notes

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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

Nutrition Facts
Onion Bhaji's
Amount per Serving
Calories
173
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
18
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
252
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
18
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

4 Comments

  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.

    Lovely.

    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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