Onion bhajis with spices and coriander.

Ridiculously Good, Easy Homemade Onion Bhaji Recipe

Ridiculously Good, Easy Homemade Onion Bhaji Recipe

This is my ridiculously good, easy homemade onion bhaji recipe. So called because it is ridiculously good, ridiculously easy and entirely homemade.

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Introduction

In a few of my recent posts I have mentioned the ease with which I dart to simple curries whenever I think of Indian food. As of late, I have made even more Indian curries than usual, starting with a wonderful, fragrant chicken korma and moving onto a much fierier, bolder Goan lamb curry. As a result, I have been inclined more than ever to work on a few tasty side dishes to go with them, including this ridiculously good homemade onion bhaji recipe.

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About this recipe

More often than not, homemade onion bhaji recipes tend to use simple, sliced onions. The result is those big, crunchy onion bhajis we associate with Indian fast food. And they’re great. I won’t take anything away from them. But for the sake of preparation, it can be easier to think of them a little more like croquettes or fritters.

By finely dicing the onions, you get a much simpler shape to work with. You also get a more evenly cooked piece of food at the end of the cooking process. The spices work their way in more deeply, evenly and thoroughly. Effectively, this recipe turns onion bhajis into bitesize crunchy onion snacks. A little more modern in style than the traditional approach, but equally valuable, if in a slightly different way.

The spices are simple, but effective. In my eyes, the goal is to offset the sweetness of the onion, providing a little crunch and chew alongside dishes that are largely meat and sauce. There are countless ways to accomplish this, but this is a very tasty place to start!


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Onion bhajis with spices and coriander.

Ridiculously Good, Easy Homemade Onion Bhaji Recipe

This is my ridiculously good, easy homemade onion bhaji recipe. So called because it is ridiculously good, ridiculously easy and entirely homemade.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 Bhajis

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Milk

Instructions
 

  • Heat a deep fat fryer to 140c
  • Peel and finely dice the onion, then place in a large bowl.
  • Combine the spices and mix in with the onion.
  • Season with salt and gradually add flour. You want a runny mix that just about holds its shape.
  • Shape 6 bhajis and drop them into the fryer.
  • Several minute at this temperature will ensure they cook through. You’ll know they’re there when they’re a consistent, golden brown.
  • Allow them to cool in the fridge and then fry again at 180c, just for a minute or so, to crisp and colour the outside.
Keyword Curry, indian, onion bhaji

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