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Onion Bhaji 

(Indian Onion Fritters)

These are beautifully crisp slivers of onion, covered in a chickpea flour batter and deep fried. They make a perfect gluten-free snack food or a terrific canapé.

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Onion Bhaji Recipe


Serves 4



  • 2 Large White Onion (Sliced Thinly)

  • 2 Cups of Gram flour (also called Chickpea or Garbanzo Flour, which is available at any good market)

  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder

  • ¼ Tsp Turmeric

  • ¼ Tsp Salt

  • ¼ Tsp Sugar

  • ¾ Cup Water

  • Vegetable Oil For Deep Frying



  1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl.

  2. Add the dry spices, salt and sugar to the flour and combine well.

  3. Add the water gradually, stirring to make a thick batter similar to heavy cream in consistency. If the batter is too thick add more water, if it is too thin, sift in a little more flour until you get the desired result.

  4. Add the onion slices to the batter & cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

  5. Chill for one hour.

  6. Heat vegetable oil in a deep sided pan. To check the temperature is correct for deep frying, drizzle a little of the batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, it is ready for cooking.

  7. Take one handful of the batter covered onion and drop them into the oil, taking care as they will begin to spit as they cook.

  8. Do not add too many onions to the batter at one time as this will reduce the temperature of the oil and make the end result soggy.

  9. Cook each bhaji until it is golden brown, then remove and drain on kitchen towel.

  10. Sprinkle with salt and serve with slices of lime or lemon.

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