Saturday, April 21, 2012

Onion Bhajias

These are a wonderful start to any Indian-themed dinner party.  They look fantastic and taste even better!  This is very much like other bhajia and pakora recipes out there, but I like the addition of the fennel seed, and the baking powder makes for a more tender final product.  Feel free to add whatever combination of spices you like.

- 1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced (about 1/8")
- 1 cup chick pea flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp onion seeds
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced (or to taste)
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- cold water
- oil for frying

1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, chili powder, turmeric, and salt.  Roughly crush the seeds with a mortar and pestle and mix in.
2. Add jalapeño, onions, and cilantro and stir to coat.  Add in enough cold water to make a thick batter that coats the onions and won't break apart in the oil.  You can add more chick pea flour if you make it too thin.
3. Cook in batches by dropping generous tablespoons of batter into hot oil (350 degrees) and frying on each side until golden brown.  Drain and serve immediately.


Nichole said...

These look awesome! We will have to try these for a friend of ours who can't have gluten, he will be very excited!

Snooyegubbii said...

Ya i too like this kind of junk food! Since am an indian, we need to love it and proud of our country food. But thanks for sharing it in your blog and i hope it will benefit people those who are foodies like me!

eric said...

when you say onion seeds, do you mean

Madison Butler said...

These look AMAZING!!! :)

Sarah said...

Looks so amazing!

Sarah said...

Looks so amazing!

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Kathleen Richardson said...

Vegan Dad, are you deep frying or just a thin layer of oil in the pan? I'd like to try these but don't do deep frying. Interesting combination with fennel and cumin. Since I like both, I want to try this. Another excellent recipe. Thanks.

Rugrat Chow! said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Onion Bhajiya!!

Kumudha said...

Onion bhajjis look great!

Yesterday I made cauliflower pakora and onion pakoras...

and_i_say said...

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Heather McCann said...

Oh my gosh, there are so many fabulous looking recipes on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your experience...I can't wait to make the doughnuts!

Heather Chapman said...

I just ate these out the other day! I can't wait to make them home made! Great Recipe, thanks!
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Thanks for the great recipes!

cutekittypunk said...

I made these tonight and they were just so perfect. I omitted the pepper and cilantro... and I fried them in coconut oil... man they were just like restaurant quality... i've tried other recipes before but none came so close as yours!!! Thank you so much... this will definitely save me money from eating out :-)

BLD in MT said...

After having bookmarked this recipe back in April, I made these over the weekend and thought they were just superb! Just thought I'd drop by and let you know.