Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners

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I love onions. I love how versatile they become when you cook them and how you can add crunch to your salad by adding them raw. I love how you can caramelize them to add them to a burger, and I love that when you fry them, they become sweet like candy. It was my first time using besan (chickpea flour) as well, it really brought a nice texture and additional layer of flavor out!

This week on Cooking with Sujaya, I learned how to make onion bhaji, and it is my new favorite way to love onions.

“It’s a fun snack between meals.” – Sujaya.

onion bhaji cooking with Sujaya Indian Cooking for Beginners
onion bhaji cooking with Sujaya Indian Cooking for Beginners

We dipped these onion snacks in Hot/Sweet Tomato Chili Sauce (Indian ketchup), and it was delicious.

onion bhaji cooking with Sujaya Indian Cooking for Beginners
onion bhaji cooking with Sujaya Indian Cooking for Beginners

Try it today!

Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Cooking for Beginners

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 large onion sliced
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 5 tbsp chickpea flour (Besan)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • The first thing you're going to do is slice the onions and chilies. Next, you'll need to make the batter.
    Batter:
    Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the water slowly, tbsp by tbsp till you reach a paste-like consistency. Add more water if you need, but it should be a smooth thick batter. Salt to taste and adjust accordingly. Drop in the sliced onions and chilies and mix.
    Now Fry:
    Heat some oil in a deep bottomed pan and when it shimmers, drop in teaspoonfuls or small amounts into the oil. Fry till golden brown.  
Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners
Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners – chic pea flour (Besan)
Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners
Onion Bhaji: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners. *Shout out to my favorite San Leandro coffee shop, Zocalo.
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Olga Rosales Salinas is Managing Editor for San Francisco Bay Area Moms. As a freelance writer and journalist, her articles have been published nationally by palabra, National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Other bylines have appeared in Voices of Monterey Bay, Jumble & Flow and various others. Her debut collection of poetry and prose, La Llorona, was published by Birch Bench Press in August of 2021. In 2019 her philanthropy began with a non-profit benefiting first-generation and immigrant students, The Rosales Sisters' Scholarship. She has had spotlights in the following podcasts and radio stations; THINK/NPR with Krys Boyd, Los Sotelos Podcast, The Hive Poetry Collective @ksqd.org, Walk the Talk Podcast, "Making a Difference with Sheetal Ohri" on Bolly 92.3 FM, and Roll Over Easy @BFFdotFM Radio.

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