Onion Bhajis/Pakoras | Onion Fritters
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Serves: about 18 depending on size
A Ramadan favourite; crispy, spicy onion bhajiyas
  • 2 cups/250g gram flour/besan
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 small green chilli pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger. minced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (add more if needed, check the batter)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup/235mL water
  • oil to deep fry
  1. Place the sliced onions in a bowl and all the other ingredients on top.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of water to get a thick batter.
  3. If the batter is too thick, add extra water by tablespoons.
  4. The onions tend to release water too so adding too much at first will make the batter runny as time goes by.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer, wok or pan.
  6. I don't deep fry mine; just with enough oil to come up to the sides of the fritter.
  7. About a half inch to an inch of oil in the pan.
  8. Heat on medium high heat to start and then lower as needed.
  9. Drop teaspoonfuls into the hot oil.
  10. You can make them big or small.
  11. I like them about medium size because they get cooked through and crispy.
  12. Once one side is done, little bubbles will appear on the surface, flip them over carefully and brown the other side.
  13. The fritter should be cooked through and not mushy or gooey in the centre.
  14. Drain on paper towel lined plate.
  15. These are traditionally served with either a tamarind chutney or a cilantro mint chutney.
  16. In my house, we like them with sriracha spiked ketchup.
If you happen to be at an Indian store picking up your besan, look for a spice mix called chaat masala. This is a unique tasting masala that includes the pungent black salt. It adds great flavour to things like these bhaji. If you want, you can sub a teaspoon or two of chaat masala for the cumin and coriander. It is great mixed into chutneys too.
Recipe by Coffee and Crumpets at https://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/onion-bhajis-onion-fritters/