Sunday, November 24, 2019

My Recipe Box - Onion Bhajis

I first made these using a recipe from A Saucy Kitchen. It has since evolved with additions from various sources.

UPDATED DECEMBER 2021 
Soaking the onions in water and using the onion water was added, I found this in most Indian recipes.
You can with make them like onion rings. I prefer just chopping them and then using a muffin pan to bake them.


I prefer to bake in the oven rather than deep-frying.


INGREDIENTS
2 white onions, sliced or chopped I have also added scallions and red onions 
3/4 cup | 105 grams gram flour/chickpea flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Ginger chopped finely
Garlic ground or powder1 green chili, , deseeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon lemon juice
5-6 tablespoons water
coconut oil for frying or your choice

INSTRUCTIONS
Peel and finely slice the onions. Cut each slice into 3cm pieces. Put the onions in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt, mixing very well with clean hands. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. When ready to form the bhajis, squeeze the onions to release the water into the bowl. 
In the same bowl as the onions and water, place the flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, tumeric, coriander, cayenne, ginger, garlic, chili, cilantro, and lemon juice in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add more water if required.
Once you've got a thick batter, add the onions slices and stir to coat with the batter. I find this step is easiest if you just mix with your hands.
Heat a large wok on the stove top on a medium heat and melt enough coconut oil so that you've got about a half inch layer of oil.
Carefully drop tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil cooking about 3-4 bhajis at a time. Fry for about a minute on each side and then flip the bhajis to get the other side until golden. Remove each bhaji with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Continue until all of you batter in gone.

OR

Bake for 40 minutes in a 375 oven.

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