Make your own onion bhajis at home it is easier than you might think! If you’ve ever dined at an Indian restaurant or savoured the vibrant flavours of Indian street food, you’ve likely come across the irresistible onion bhaji. These crispy, golden fritters are a beloved snack or appetiser, known for their mouthwatering combination of sweet, tender onions and a fragrant blend of spices. But here’s the good news – you don’t have to wait for your next restaurant visit to enjoy these delectable treats.
Whether you’re a seasoned home cook looking to expand your culinary repertoire or a beginner eager to explore the world of Indian cuisine, this blog will guide you through the process step by step. We’ll demystify the art of making onion bhajis, so you can whip up a batch whenever the craving strikes.
In this culinary journey, we’ll explore the essential ingredients, share pro tips for perfecting your bhajis, and provide a simple, tried-and-true recipe that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Get ready to embark on a flavorful adventure as we dive into the world of homemade onion bhajis – a snack that’s crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and bursting with aromatic spices. The perfect compliment when making a home made curry with one of our curry spice kits.
2 large onions
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
2 tablespoons rice flour
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)
Instructions on how to make your own onion bhajis
Step 1: Prepare the Onions
1. Peel and thinly slice the onions into rings or semi-circles. Separate the slices and place them in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Make the Batter
2. In a separate bowl, combine the chickpea flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
3. Gradually add water to the dry ingredients, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth and thick batter. The batter should coat the back of a spoon without being too runny.
Step 3: Heat the Oil
4. In a deep frying pan or kadai, heat enough oil for deep frying over medium-high heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small amount of batter into the oil; if it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready.
Step 4: Fry the Bhajis
5. Dip the onion slices into the batter, coating them evenly. Shake off any excess batter.
6. Carefully place the coated onion slices into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches if necessary.
7. Fry the bhajis for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and drain on paper towels.
Step 5: Serve
8. Serve the hot and crispy onion bhajis immediately with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or yogurt sauce. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves if desired.
Enjoy your homemade onion bhajis as a delicious snack or appetiser!
- Adjust the spice level to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of red chili powder.
- You can add a pinch of baking soda to the batter for extra crispiness.
- Make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the bhajis to ensure they cook evenly and become crispy.
- Leftover bhajis can be reheated in the oven to regain their crispiness.