An onion bhaji or bhajiya as an Indian snack, starter or side that is in all but name a pakora. My version is generously spiced although not hot with chili and is cooked in an air fryer. Don’t worry though I have frying instructions too!
100 g (2/3 Cup) Onion
45 g (1/2 Cup) Gram Flour
15 g (1.5 Tbsp) Rice Flour
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 Tsp Onion Seeds
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Brown Sugar
1 Clove Garlic
1 Tbsp Grated Ginger
1 Tbsp Ghee
10 g (1/4 Cup) Chives
100 ml (1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp) Water
Mix together the dry ingredients.
Mash the garlic clove, grate the ginger and snip the chives.
Add in the chives, garlic and ginger.
Mix in the melted ghee and the water.
Top and tail a small-medium onion and remove the skin, then cut in half and finely slice from the top to bottom.
Add the onion to the mix and stir to combine.
Spray the air fryer basket with oil.
Wet your hands and form into 4 fairly loosely formed ‘balls’.
Place the balls in the air fryer, spray with oil spray and then cook for 12 minutes at 180°C or 350°F.
After 12 minutes increase the temperature to 200°C or 400°F respray with oil and cook for a further 4 minutes.
To Deep Fry
Follow my instructions to point 6.
Drop into hot oil at 180°C or 350°F and cook for 4-6 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
Transfer to a piece of kitchen paper and allow to cool a little before serving.
Gram flour is chickpea flour and if you cannot get it this recipe works really well with plain flour. Although you will need to reduce the total weight of flour to around 45-50g.