Onion Bhajis are the perfect appetizer to have alongside a brilliant curry. But how do you make a Bhaji? And as always here on the lazy foodie, we will be showing you the simple way to make them!

We don’t like to keep you waiting before you see the recipe like a lot of other food blogs so here it is, if you want any further info you will find it after the simple bhaji recipe!

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Simple Onion Bhajis

Simple Onion Bhaji Recipe

These onion bhajis will make a great appetizer for your next curry. They are really simple and easy to make.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1-2 Whole Onions (Depending On Size)
  • 1 tsp Gram (Chickpea) Flour
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin


  1. Peel your onion(s), then cut in half. Once cut in half slice into thin slices. You want relatively thin slices here to ensure your Bhaji’s crisp up well when cooked.
  2. Place your onions into a mixing bowl and add a few pinches of salt. Mix this into the onions well. Leave the salted onions for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help draw some flavor and moisture out of the onions.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the onions.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of water to your bowl. Mix well with your hands until you have a sticky batter. Note you do not need much water at all here. The moisture in the onions will do lots of the work. If you add too much water you will end up with a sticky mess that won't come off your fingers, trust me!
  5. Shape the onion batter into Bhajis. The size is up to you and what size of Bhaji you prefer.
  6. Place into a deep fat fryer and cook until a nice dark brown color. Usually around 5 minutes.

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Step 1

Thinly slice your onions

Step 2

Add salt to the onions. Mix the salt in well and allow to stand for 30 minutes to 2 hours. This helps really bring the flavor out of the onions.

Step 3

Add all of the flour and spices to the onions and cover the onions well.

Step 4

Add a teaspoon of water and hand mix the flour into a batter around the onions. Don’t add too much water or you will find it really sticky and hard to get off your hands!

Step 5

Form the mix into a Bhaji shape and then deep fry for around 5 minutes. If you do not have a deep fryer you can use a frying pan with plenty of oil in to fry the Bhajis.


Enjoy your quick, easy and simple Bhajis!