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Onion Bhaji (adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Blog)


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 fresh Green Chilli, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp Ginger (grated on microplane)
  • 1 tsp Garlic (grated on microplane)
  • 200g Gram flour (Chickpea Flour) (I used semolina flour for the November 2013 dinner party)
  • 100g Rice Flour (I used regular wheat flour for the November 2013 dinner party)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne (or to taste)
  • 2 tsps Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Water


  1. Add onion, finely chopped green chilli, grated ginger and garlic into a food processor and process until onion is finely chopped.
  2. Sieve the Gram and Rice Flour into a large bowl and add the Cayenne, Ground Cumin, Coriander, Salt and Pepper. Now add the finely chopped Onion and Chilli and mix thoroughly.
  3. Slowly add water, while stirring the mixture, until you get a thick batter (should resemble pancake mix).
  4. Mix well, and leave to stand for 10-minutes.
  5. Heat a Deep Fat Fryer to 190°C – using a very small ice cream scoop (about the size of a melon baller, drop 3-4 balls of onion mix into the hot batter. Remove when crisp and brown.
  6. Serve with a ready made tamarind sauce or mango sauce. YUM!
  7. These freeze well. To reheat, preheat oven to 300°F and bake bhajis for about 12-15 minutes until heated through. May be reheated from frozen, in which case it will take a bit longer.

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