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Onion Is The Star Of This Onion Bhaji Recipe

An onion bhaji, for those of you who have not heard of it, is made of finely sliced onions smothered in a simple, spiced batter and fried to crispy perfection.

The star of this recipe is, without a doubt, the onion. The symphony of spices I added to this dish, on the other hand, gave the star of the show a whole new dimension.  I guarantee, after trying the onion Bhajis, you’ll never look at onions the same way again. 

It’s All About The Spices

The key to this dish is having that perfectly spiced batter. And the ingredients I used are really spectacular – starting off with the besan flour. Also known as chickpea flour, besan flour has an earthy flavour that gives the onion bhaji a nice, nutty taste and a great crunch. 

Next on the list is sweet curry powder which is made up of the sweeter spices and gives that balanced flavour – a little sweetness and not much heat. Completing the symphony of spices, I also used cumin, nigella, and mustard seeds.

onion bhaji

Onion Bhajis Recipe!



  • 400g onion, sliced
  • 2 cups besan flour
  • 1 tbsp sweet curry powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Nigella seeds

  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Rice bran oil to cook
  • Water


In a bowl, add the flour and coriander leaves, mix and break the flour.

Add the curry powder, cumin, nigella, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper, mix well.

Gradually add water to make a pancake consistency, and adjust the taste.

Add the onion and mix until all well coated.

Let it sit for 15 minutes.

Scoop a big spoonful or use your hands to fry.

Serve with raita and sweet chili sauce.


Makes: about 10

Prep time: 15 mins

Freezer-friendly: No


All thanks to my mate Reuben for introducing me to this wonderful dish. 

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With love from my kitchen to yours,

Chef Cynthia Louise xx

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About the Author

Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.