The word Bhaji means fritter which really sums up what onion bhajis are supposed to be. Thin strands of onion lightly coated in a spicy batter and deep fried until crispy. Not like the doughy balls you buy in the frozen food aisle of the supermarket. These are the real deal and really benefit from freshly ground spices. They might look a bit like the alien from the Alien film franchise but I can guarantee that they will go down far better at a dinner party! I serve them with lemon wedges and sometimes my mint and pomegranate raita. Definitely a worthwhile side or starter on a curry night, perfect with a cold beer!
Not much can be done to make these ahead as with all fried food, they should be eaten straight away. You can combine the fresh ingredients in a bowl and the flour and spices in another bowl and leave until ready to cook. Just add the spiced flour to the onions and mix to combine adding a little of the water at a time.
- 4 white onions
- 4 dried Kashmiri chillies
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- 200 g plain flour
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- 4 green birds eye chillies
- 50 g coriander
- 150 ml water
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- Finely slice the onions and add to a large bowl.
- finely chop the green chillies and roughly chop the coriander leaves and add them to the onions and mix to combine.
- Grind the kashmiri chillies, cumin and fennel and add to another bowl along with the flour, turmeric and salt and mix to combine.
- Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Add the spicy flour to the onions and mix to ensure all the onion is lightly dredged in flour then slowly and gradually while mixing the onions, add the water until the mixture becomes sticky.
- Once the oil reaches 180 degrees Celsius and plumb-sized bunches of the battered onion to the oil for 5 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Then add them to a rack or paper towel lined tray. This should be done in batches. I got 13 bhajis from this mixture.
- Once all the mixture is fried, remove the paper towel if used, and heat up all the bhajis briefly in a hot oven until warm. About 5-10 minutes.