Onion bhaji

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Onion Bhajis
These onion bhajis are simple and fun to make and work well as a base for other bhaji recipes. You can add spices like chilli powder or freshly chopped coriander to add an extra sparkle if desired.
Bhajis are a traditional spicy Indian snack made from a base of onion or potato. They are commonly served as a starter, alongside some poppadum’s and chutney.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 free range eggs
  • 3 onions (sliced)
  • 120 g plain flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds


  • Beat the eggs together in a large bowl.
  • Add the sliced onion to the beaten egg, and combine.
  • Mix in the flour, cumin seeds, and ground coriander ensuring the ingredients are evenly spread.
  • Using a deep-sided frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and wait for it to become hot.
  • Using two tablespoons, mould some of the mixture into a small ball and carefully place into the oil – you should hear the oil sizzle when the bhaji mixture is added.
  • Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
  • Fry them in the oil for 40 seconds – turning them to ensure even cooking. You should aim for a dark golden, or light brown colour – too dark and you have probably burned them!
  • When all the bhajis have cooked, remove them from the pan, and place on kitchen roll to remove the excess oil.
  • Serve warm alongside a mint yogurt, or mango chutney.
The onion was worshipped by ancient Egyptians. They believed that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity.
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