Onion bhajis on a tray with a bowl of raita

Easy onion bhajis

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 12

Cook crispy onion bhajis with cooling cucumber and mint raita as a snack, or alongside a homemade Indian curry. You may be surprised how easy they are to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal86
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 2 onions, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g gram flour
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

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    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the raita

  • ½ cucumber
  • 150g tub Greek-style yogurt
    yogurt

    Yogurt

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    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
    Mint

    Mint

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Method

  1. Soak the onion in cold water while you make the base mix. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then add the chilli powder, turmeric, chopped chilli and a good sprinkling of salt. Mix in about 100ml of cold water to make a thick batter – add a splash more if it feels too stiff.

  2. 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.

  3. Drain the onion well and mix it into the 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.

  4. Lower heaped tbsps of the 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, sprinkle with a little salt and keep warm while you cook the rest. Serve with the raita.

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