Onion Bhaji

Day PartDinner, Lunch, Snack
Menu PartAppetizer/Small Plate
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Onion Bhaji

Source: National Onion Association

Appetizer lists usually include at least one savory deep-fried nibble. The Indian-spiced fritters known as bhaji, usually based on potatoes or onions, are sure to whet the appetite. They also make the perfect partner for cocktails, beer or a glass of wine.


Vegetable oil as needed
2 onions
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups chickpea flour or all-purpose flour
Sparkling water, as needed
2 tbsp. melted clarified butter
1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
2 pinches cayenne pepper
2 pinches dried oregano, crushed


  1. In a fryer or wok, heat vegetable oil to 350°F. Cut onion in half from stem to root and slice about ¼-inch thick.
  2. In bowl, beat egg, flour and enough water to make a batter in similar thickness to pancake batter. Whisk in butter; add remaining herbs and spices. Let rest 30 min.
  3. Stir onions into mixture and let stand 5 min.
  4. Drop small mounds of onion mixture into hot oil in wok or deep fryer. Fry one side until crisp and brown; turn and fry second side.
  5. Remove bhajis as they are cooked; drain on a rack or paper towel before serving. Serve with yogurt dip or mango chutney.

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