Baked onion bhajis

    1 hour 10 min

    A healthier alternative to the deep-fried onion bhajis you find in Indian restaurants. These are baked and exceedingly tasty. They are sweet, tender and very moreish. Serve as an appetiser or starter.


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    Makes: 8 bhajis

    • For the bhaji mix
    • 5 small onions, sliced 5mm thick
    • 5 tablespoons chickpea flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • extra virgin olive oil, as needed
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • water, as needed
    • Spices for the pan
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Gently sweat the onions off in a frying pan with some oil until they turn translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
    3. Sprinkle in the chilli powder and mix. Add the turmeric, cumin, ginger, coriander and stir well. Remove from the heat.
    4. Place the chickpea flour, salt, coriander, cumin into a medium bowl and mix well. Add the onions and tomato puree into a bowl and mix. Add a little bit of water to get the correct consistency, it should be wet and easy to stir, but not sloppy.
    5. Drizzle some oil onto the prepared tray, place 2 tablespoons of the onion mix onto the tray for each bhaji, flatten slightly with the back of the spoon.
    6. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes, drizzle a little oil on top of the bhajis and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot, enjoy!


    If your local supermarket doesn't stock chickpea flour, you can find it in Indian speciality stores.

    See it on my blog

    Check out this recipe at honeyandspice

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    so easy apart from crying over onions.i did them for bonfire night,good job i did three batches,they were gone in 15 everytime we have a party,people want more!! the type of flour used goes by different names eg.Besan, Gram flour and can be found at Asda or Asian stores  -  22 Nov 2012


    lovely, I didn't have any turmeric in but couldn't wait to make them so did it without and still tasty. Not greasy at all.  -  01 Nov 2010


    I was so pleased to be able to make these without frying.. And they were fabulous as well. Be careful not to burn the bits that stick out, that was the only complaint I had.  -  27 Aug 2010