We tend to make onion bhajis at least once a week. They are lovely to eat at any time of the day! This recipe is very simple and doesn't use lots of different spices and instead of being deep fried, I cook them in the oven.
Gram flour, also known as chickpea flour, garbanzo flour and Besan, is milled from naturally gluten-free gram or Chana Dahl, a small chickpea with a fine yellow colour. Having a low GI ranking, it is a healthy alternative to some of the widely used gluten-free flours which contain a high amount of starch and which I am now reluctant to use unless it a special occasion. It has a sweet but earthy taste and is used widely in Indian and Middle Eastern cookery.
If you are following the SCD, these are not legal but I have already posted a recipe which is suitable.
Onion Bhajis GF
2 medium onions
100g Gram Flour
1 tsp turmeric
2 rounded tsps ground cumin
2 rounded tsps garam masala
¼ tsp chilli powder or finely chopped fresh green chilli (optional)
3 tsps dried coriander leaves or handful fresh coriander chopped
salt to taste
pinch of bicarbonate of soda
extra virgin olive oil
Set the oven to 220°C and measure out the spices.
Add the water to the gram flour and spices and mix well with a fork or hand whisk. Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. I make my batter quite thin but you can thicken it up a little by adding more gram flour or by adding less water.
To make the Cauliflower Pakoras, use fresh cauliflower and onion instead of just onion. Of course you can also use potato cubes, broccoli, mushrooms, green pepper and courgettes. Add chopped fresh green chilli peppers and garlic to add to the flavour.
Experiment with the spice quantities to make them hotter or milder. Definitely add chilli if you like them quite hot. These are one of our favourite supper dishes and any left over can be frozen or eaten cold for lunch the following day. To reheat, set the oven to 200°C, and heat on a baking tray for 10 to 15 minutes.
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