Monday, 22 August 2016

Onion Bhajis GF

Onion Bhajis

When I first ate onion bhajis, I was genuinely surprised by how delicious they were. I'm not overly fond of spicy food but once I'd tasted these mildly spiced, golden bites of joy, they swiftly became a huge favourite. I posted an onion bhaji recipe a few years ago but I now tend to make this version since we always have ginger and coriander in the fridge. However, since both recipes have their merits, I've decided to post this recipe in addition to my original one rather than updating the original post.

If you can, please try to make the batter at least a couple of hours before cooking the bhajis since it allows all the flavours to come together beautifully. I normally make my batter in the morning and leave it covered, in the fridge, until evening.

You could probably deep fry these if you wish but we prefer to oven-bake them, a healthier low fat alternative. Also, I always use extra virgin olive oil in the pan but you could use your favourite oil instead.

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Onion Bhajis GF

100g gram flour
80 -100 ml water
2 - 3 medium onions
2 - 3 garlic cloves
1 - 2 red chillies (to taste)
2 rounded tsps fresh ginger (or about ¼" - ½" piece)
½ rounded tsp ground turmeric
1 rounded tsp cumin seeds
Small handful of chopped fresh coriander
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of bicarbonate of soda (optional)
Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Measure the gram flour (also known as besan flour or chickpea flour) into a bowl.
  • Grind the cumin seeds with a pestle and mortar or grind in a mini chopper.
  • Finely chop the garlic, chillies and ginger, I use this Mini Chopper, it's one of my favourite gadgets.
  • Tip the chopped garlic, chillies, ginger, ground cumin seeds and turmeric into the gram flour, add salt to taste and a generous amount of black pepper.
  • Add enough water to make a thick batter, 100 ml is the maximum amount you should need.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Cover the batter and leave in a cool place for at least 2 hours.
  • Set the oven to 200°C.
  • Slice the onions thinly (see my other recipe post).
  • Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to the batter and tip enough onion slices into the batter until they are all coated.
  • Tip in the chopped, fresh coriander.
  • Pour enough extra virgin olive oil on to a baking tray to coat it and heat in the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Place spoonfuls of the onion batter on to the baking tray (between 9 and 12).
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning the bhajis half way through the cooking time.
  • The bhajis are lovely when served with mango chutney.


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35 comments:

  1. Goodness, these look and sound amazing, Vicky! I've never heard of this recipe before. It seems like it's onion "rings" on steroids. ;-) I want to try it!

    xo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thank you Shirley. That's so very funny, yes, I suppose you could describe them that way! You must try them sometime, you would love them.

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  2. Wow, these look and sound pretty fantastic, not to mention fun to eat!

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  3. These look so good and so doable!

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  4. GF is on the rise more and more I noticed, this recipe will suit so many as I know onion bhajis are pretty popular! They look delicious.

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  5. so weird i'm reading this today via bloggers group because i really want to give making onion bhjais a go. I was thinking of doing some for tea tonight, i've got the onions, got the spices and i'm ready to go x

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    1. Did you try them? They're so easy and quick once you've made the batter.

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  6. Mmmmm! I didn't know that dish. I should try it, I love spices!

    Mika | www.la-french-connection.com

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  7. Onion bhajis are delicious, and this recipe seems doable. Thanks for sharing it!

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  8. I love onion bhajis - all those lovely subtle spices... yum!

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  9. I adore onion bhajis and miss them so much now I'm GF so finding this recipe makes me so happy! Thank you :)

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  10. These look fantastic! I'm not GF but I may still have to give them a try.

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  11. Oh these sound like a delicious make your own - I really need to try cooking some more things now we have a bigger kitchen (just need a working cooker first though). x

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  12. These look lovely and crisp - I love an onion bhaji!

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  13. I LOVE a good onjon bhaji!! Recipes I've tried in the past have left me a bit deflated so I'll be trying yours!!

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  14. I LOVE onion bhaji's, I've never thought of making my own, but will deffo give it a go after reading this!

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  15. I have tried onion bhajis but have never tried making my own. Must give that a try as these look yummy

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  16. Love a good onion baji. I have to try your recipe, they look delish!

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  17. I don't think I've ever tried an onion bhaji before, these look tasty though x

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    1. No? You must try them! Thank you x

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  18. I love Indian food so I should give onion baji making a go and see how it turns out!

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  19. I always order these when we go for a curry, so I am going to have to try making it myself at some point.

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  20. OOh Onion Bhajis with Mango Chutney absolutely yes x

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  21. These look so delicious!! I love onion bahjis!

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  22. I adore onion bhajis but I've only ever fried them... I have no idea why I've never thought to bake them! Great recipe - thank you!

    PS You might want to edit your recipe: "Set the onion to 200°C" (And then delete this part of my comment!)

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    1. Ooops - thank you for letting me know, haha, I never noticed that! I never fry bhajis now though I do like fried ones when I'm eating out.

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  23. How good do these look, I'd eat those with that yummy raita dip, yum!

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    1. That's a lovely idea, thank you.

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  24. My daddy loves onion bhajis! My mummy and I aren't keen as the flavour can be overwhelming. These look yummy though xx

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    1. Thank you, maybe you'll like them when you're older.

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  25. I love the sound of this recipe. Sounds yummy.

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  26. I love onion bhajis! I have never made my own before, these look great

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  27. Yum - these look delicious and I will totally be trying them X

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  28. These certainly look interesting, perhaps I'll give them a go!

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  29. My family adores home-made bhajis. We often have them as a lunch or light dinner, stuffed into pittas or wrapped in a flat bread with colourful salad and mango chutney. I'm always on the look out for new recipes to try and yours sounds amazing! They look beautiful & i love the spice blend you use. Definitely putting this on the 'to try' list :D xx

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