Red onion & chilli bhajis with mint & garlic raita

Red onion & chilli bhajis with mint & garlic raita

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 12

Serve these moreish morsels as a starter, light lunch or supper or as part of an Indian meal

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
102
protein
3g
carbs
7g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
1g
sugar
2g
salt
0.09g

Ingredients

  • 2 red onions
  • 100g chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp curry paste or powder
  • 1 red or green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • vegetable oil, for frying

For the raita

  • 150g tub natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed

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Method

  1. Finely chop one onion and thinly slice the other. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the curry paste or powder, chopped chilli and a good sprinkling of salt. Add about 150ml of cold water to make a thick batter. Stir in the chopped and sliced onions until they are well coated.
  2. Mix together the raita ingredients with a little salt and pepper, then spoon into a small bowl. Heat about 5cm of oil in a wok or deep pan. 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.
  3. Add heaped tbsps of onion mix to the pan, a few at a time, and cook for a few mins, turning once, until they are evenly browned and crisp, about 3-4 mins. Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with a little salt and keep warm while you cook the remaining bhajis. Serve with the raita.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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davect's picture
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Easy and very tasty. Definitely making these again, and everyone else was right 100 ml was plenty of water.

laurahenderson's picture

Wonderful recipe, my husband LOVES them... I served with the mint sauce and mango chutney as a starter. A winner! ;)

JP's picture
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Delicious! I too only added 100mls of water to the batter mix and added peeled diced cucumber to the raitia. They looked great on a platter with garnish and lemon wedges. Will definitely make again.

bettyboop141299's picture

Going to try these for a buffet with foods from all different countries for my family! They sound good :)

tarah-k's picture
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Just made this recipe and I have to say they're gorgeous! So easy and quick to make, I only used 100 mls of water as suggested by others and they worked fab, I'll definitely be making these again.

louandboo's picture
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Fab bhajis!

princessannie's picture

I made these as an accompanyment to the 'Curry for a Crowd' recipe and the 'Indian spiced bean' recipe. They were easy and delicious, I'll certainly be making them again!

kfurber's picture
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Fantastic - these are very easy and taste brilliant - will make again and again.

west1871's picture
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The raita was nice, added some chopped cucumber for extra bite.

lucyp1977's picture

I made these with brown onions using garam masala and 1/4 tsp of turmeric instead of curry powder/paste. They freeze really well too and don't take long to defrost (around 1 - 2 hours). To re-heat put on the top shelf of the oven, preheated to 200 for about 6-10 mins depending on their size, but keep an on them to make sure they don't burn. Absolutely lovely!

smariec's picture
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Was so impressed with how easy it was and how incredible they tasted! Made them along with other snacks for nibbles on Christmas day

bob_999's picture

Wow...these are simply incredible...

So easy, cooked for a dinner party recently and my guests were bowled over...

'Best bahji I've ever had even from an Indian' and that was from a hardcore curry fan...

Cook these...now!

emmahalls1's picture
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This was easy to cook and tasted lovely, will definitely cook again!

emmahalls1's picture
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Lovely, didn't go runny at all and tasted fantastic, didn't cook the spinach for as long as stated on here though.

heidimo's picture
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Forgot to rate!

heidimo's picture
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I think there are a winner, have been making oven cooked ones for years but thought what the hell, let's go full fat. So superior to oven cooked ones, I would say even better than take away ones. I only had brown onions also, but worked very well.

sophiejones's picture
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Super easy to make and absolutely delicious! Dinner guests wolfed them down.

kaylallama's picture

I made these for mye boyfriends usually very fussy family. There were lots of clean plates and requests for more. I swapped a red onion for a white onion and turned out amazing. I also did the turmeric trick. Amazing.

arc01160's picture
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Very nice - I added chilli powder instead of fresh chilli (1 tsp) I will add more next time as I like things spicy ! Lovely and crispy - nice cold too

bunzy1's picture
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So easy to make + absolutely gorgeous to eat! My husband couldn't believe I'd made them - they tasted so authentic!

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