Bhajis are a great, cheap way to spruce up a regular curry night, or use up a glut of onions you might have, if like me you buy them by the sackful!
Here's the recipe I wrote up for Spindle Magazine if you're looking for something extra to go alongside your fave chana masala.
As someone that is pretty scared of deep frying anything, I know it does feel like quite a bit of oil to use, but just save it back after making the bhajis and then use it to prepare the curry, and you hopefully wont waste any.
Because the recipe uses chickpea flour, these are vegan and gluten free and come with an extra boost of protein from the chickpeas so it's a win-win-win!
Makes four portions
4 medium onions, thinly sliced lengthways
Good pinch of salt
100g gram (chickpea) flour
1 chili, chopped small
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
Handful of coriander, chopped small, and hold some back for serving
Salt and pepper to season
Sunflower or vegetable oil for frying
1 lemon, zested and then juiced
Chop up all your onions and place in a bowl, add the salt and mix through, then allow to sit for about ten minutes.
In the mean time, add the gram flour, chili, turmeric, chili powder, curry powder, coriander and salt and pepper together in a separate bowl and stir through. Slowly stir in the water so it forms quite a thick batter. It should easily coat a spoon after you’ve finished mixing it in. Add in the onions to the batter and combine.
Heat the oil in a frying pan so it’s about 1cm deep. You can test if it’s hot enough by dropping a small bit of battered onion in the pan- if it’s ready it will fizz and the onion will begin to brown straight away. Once it’s hot enough, use two tablespoons to make loose onion bhaji shapes, and carefully drop them into the oil. I find it much easier if you don’t overcrowd the pan, so the bhajis keep their shape. They’ll begin to brown on one side, so carefully turn over and cook on each side. Once they’ve gone a dark golden colour they’re ready to be removed with a slotted spoon. Pat off any excess oil with kitchen roll and stack in a dish.
Once all the onion batter has been used, serve with a few pinches of salt, the lemon juice, a few extra coriander leaves and finish with sprinkling the lemon zest on top.