Onion bhajis

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 free range eggs
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 120g/40oz plain flour
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
Onion bhajis

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.

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.

Method

  1. Beat the eggs together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the sliced onion to the beaten egg, and combine.
  3. Mix in the flour, cumin seeds, and ground coriander ensuring the ingredients are evenly spread
  4. Using a deep-sided frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and wait for it to become hot.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
  7. 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!
  8. When all the bhajis have cooked, remove them from the pan, and place on kitchen roll to remove the excess oil.
  9. 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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