Onion Bhaji

Finely sliced onion smothered in a easy, fragrantly spiced batter and fried to crispy perfection.
This recipe makes use of gram flour – which is a flour created from chickpeas. This implies they’re additionally naturally gluten free!

The gram flour is fairly cheap (and you should use it for my chicken pakora too!)

Close up of Onion bhajis on a white plate

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A extremely improbable facet dish or starter to serve with that Indian fakeaway!
We love a crispy onion bhaji dipped in candy chilli sauce.

I discover onion bhajis could be a little hit or miss when consuming out. Generally they could be a little greasy and flavourless. However once they get it proper? Oh sure!! That is once I eat too many and may’t slot in the principle course.

That completely crispy, barely salty and mouth-wateringly spicy combo is what we’re getting with this recipe.

📋 What do we want?

Ingredients for onion bhaji on a wooden table
  • Onions – use 2 massive brown (or yellow) onions to make round 10-12 bhajis. Brown onions are finest as they’ve a stronger onion flavour than white or crimson onions which mellows out throughout cooking to offer the pakoras a candy & savoury flavour.
  • Gram (besan/chickpea) flour – offers the bhaji a gentle, nutty style and exquisite crunch. Plus it additionally occurs to be gluten-free, so it is an excellent possibility in case you have gluten-free company or relations.
  • Spices – we’re stepping into with plenty of beautiful spices plus slightly chilli warmth and a few dried coriander (cilantro) leaf.
  • Bicarbonate of soda and cornflour (cornstarch). These components assist to lighten the batter, and to make sure the bhajis are crispy moderately than having a heavy, thick crunch.

🔪 The right way to make Onion Bhaji

**Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up**

  1. Finely slice the onions – you are able to do this with a mandoline or a knife. I exploit a knife as I fairly like having some bits of onion that are not too uniform in measurement to offer the bhajis a extra rustic look.
  2. Place the onion in a bowl and add the spices, gram flour, cornflour (cornstarch) and bicarbonate of soda. Combine collectively to coat the onion.
  3. Add water a splash at a time and blend. Hold going till you could have a thick batter on the onions.
  4. Take a rounded spoonful of the batter, place in your fingers and squash it collectively to compact it slightly, then place again on the spoon and decrease right into a ready pan of sizzling oil. Repeat, till you could have 4-5 bhajis within the pan (you will have to work in a few batches).
  5. Fry for 3-4 minutes, till golden. You may want to show them over as soon as in order that they cook dinner evenly.
8 image collage showing how to make onion bhaji

👩‍🍳PRO TIP The gram flour can go slightly onerous if the batter is left to take a seat too lengthy, so it is essential to fry the bhajis proper after mixing the batter.

Serve with sweet chilli sauce.

Onion bhajis on a white plate. Small white bowl filled with chilli sauce just in shot.

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Onion bhajis on a white plate, sprinkled with coriander.

Onion Bhaji

Finely sliced onion smothered in a easy, fragrantly spiced batter and fried to crispy perfection. They’re additionally naturally gluten free!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 10 minutes

Whole Time 20 minutes

Course facet dish

Delicacies Indian

Servings 10 -12 golfball-sized bhajis

Energy 121 kcal


  • Warmth the oil in a wok or massive heavy-based pan over a medium warmth. You want a minimum of 3 inches of oil, however do make sure the pan or wok is lower than half stuffed with oil as you don’t need it to bubble over.

  • Place the sliced onion in a bowl.

  • Add the 1 tbsp minced ginger, the chopped inexperienced chilli, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp floor coriander, 1 tsp dried coriander leaf, 1 tsp chilli flakes, 1 tsp floor fenugreek, ¾ tsp salt, ½ tsp garlic salt, the 130g (1 ½ cups + 2tbsp) gram flour, the 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) and the ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda.

  • Combine collectively to coat the onion.

  • Add within the 135ml (½ cup + 1 tbsp) of water, a splash at a time, till you could have a thick batter that coats the onion. You might not want all the water.

  • Check the warmth of the oil by dropping slightly blob of the batter within the wok. It ought to sizzle and rise to the highest.

  • Fastidiously add a rounded tablespoon of the onion bhaji combination into the oil. I prefer to squeeze the combination in my hand to compact it, then put it again on the spoon to decrease it within the oil – this can assist offer you a uniform form that doesn’t collapse within the oil.

  • Repeat, so you could have 4 or 5 bhaji’s frying on the identical time (don’t add greater than this because the oil might boil over and likewise an excessive amount of combination will cool the oil – leading to greasy bhajis that aren’t as crisp).

  • Fry for 3-4 minutes till the coating is darkish golden brown.

  • Take away from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  • Repeat, frying additional bhajis, till the combination is used up.

  • You may hold cooked batches heat in a heat oven (approx. 130C/250F) while cooking the remaining bhajis.

  • As soon as all the onion bhajis are cooked, place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with recent coriander.

  • Serve with candy and bitter or candy chilli sauce.

✎ Notes

Can I make them forward?
The onion bhajis shall be at their crispiest when freshly cooked, however you may make them forward in case you want.
Make the bhajis, then cool, cowl and refrigerate for as much as two days.
Reheat on a tray (uncovered) within the oven at 200C/400F for 5-6 minutes, till sizzling all through.

Can I freeze them?
Sure, make the bhajis, then cool, cowl and freeze for as much as a month. I discover it is best to freeze them on a tray, so they are not touching, then after a few hours (once they’re absolutely frozen), switch to a sealed container or freezer bag.
Defrost in a single day within the fridge, then reheat on a tray (uncovered) within the oven at 200C/400F for 5-6 minutes, till sizzling all through.
Ingredient swaps

  • Use crimson onions for a milder onion flavour and trace of color.
  • Add grated carrot, parsnip or courgette (zucchini) for further veg
  • Change up the spices in case you fancy a change – add extra chilli flakes to make them hotter, swap out the cumin and coriander on your favorite curry powder, add extra ginger for a little bit of zing!

Dietary data is approximate and is for one onion bhaji – primarily based on this recipe making 12 onion bhajis.
I’ve estimated ⅓ cup of oil is absorbed through the frying course of – it’s possible you’ll discover your onion bhajis take in roughly than this.


Energy: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFats: 8gSaturated Fats: 6gSodium: 313mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 64IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Key phrases besan, crispy rooster, gram flour, Indian starter, Celebration Meals

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