Onion Bhaji Fritters

Onion bhaji fritters are a classic and very popular Indian appetizer. The first time I came across them, I didn’t think they were made from onions and I didn’t know what to expect, taste wise. I was really surprised by their intense and aromatic flavour, not mentioning their outside crunchiness and yet inside softness. Everytime I go for Indian food, onion bhaji is my starter, big time! As I like to experiment with new cuisines at my own home, I asked one of my Indian friends to give me a good onion bhaji recipe and I gave it a shot. I couldn’t believe how easy and quick they are to make. Either at parties or before an exotic dinner, the onion bhaji fritters are an excellent option that everybody will definitely love.

onion bhaji fritters


2 large or 3 medium yellow onions
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup gram flour (if hard to find use chickpea, corn or plain flour)
1 teaspoon turmeric
3 teaspoons curry powder
fresh coriander leaves (or parsley)
1 lemon
vegetable oil
sea salt


Cut the onions in half, slice them and put them in a big bowl along with 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Stir with both hands in order to separate the onion slices.

Add the garlic clove finely minced, turmeric, curry powder, coriander leaves and stir everything.

Add the flour and mix everything with hands, then the juice of lemon by stirring it in little by little. The dough shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. If necessary add some water.

Pre-heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan or pot to high temperature. Fry a spoonful of the mix in the hot oil until brown.

Serve on a plate with lemon slices and extra chopped coriander.

I am not a professional chef, but just an ordinary guy who loves international food, trying new flavours and cooking when I am in the right mood. I don’t usually follow recipes, unless they are too complicated and need to be read. I love using whatever ingredients are available at home and make my meals from scratch.

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