Onion Bhajis

Crispy, homemade onion bhajis make the perfect side dish for your Saturday night takeaway, and are surprisingly easy to make!


  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 100g gram flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Begin by soaking the onions in some water, and setting to one side. Now, sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, followed by the chilli powder, turmeric and chopped chilli.
  2. Season with a good pinch of salt, then mix in 100ml of cold water to make a thick batter. If it feels a little bit stiff, mix in a little more water gradually.
  3. Drain the onions, then mix into the batter. Grab a wok or deep frying pan and fill with about 5cm of vegetable. Allow to come to temperature, and test with a small drop of batter – if it rises to the surface and bubbles then you’re good to go!
  4. A few at a time, drop tablespoons of batter into the oil and cook for a few minutes, turning once so they become golden and crispy on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt and tuck in!

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