Saturday, 3 October 2009

Vegan MoFo: argy bhaji!

I was bored the other day so I watched Market Kitchen (I have to pretty dang bored to watch that!!) and this dude was making onion bhajis. I had already planned a curry for dinner so thought I'd give them a go, but deep frying them is not good for my diet.

So I decided to make my own up as I went along and to bake them instead and they worked too!! They are really easy to make as well.


Here's the recipe if you want to have a go yourself (good news for gluten free folks, they use chickpea flour!!)

Ingredients:
1-2 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for baking)
1 nice large onion, finely sliced (you need about 2 cups of onion)
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) chickpea (gram) flour
2 tsp rice flour (I used brown rice flour)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala or curry powder
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) water

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onions and a pinch of salt (don't go nuts or it'll overpower the flavour of the bhajis). Cook them for a good 10-15 minutes until they are cooked through and are starting to get golden, just don't burn them.

Transfer the onions to a bowl and dump the other ingredients in. Mix everything well.

Spray a cookie sheet with oil or line with greaseproof paper. Divide the mixure into 4 and spoon it onto the baking sheet. Flatten a little the spray the tops with a teeny bit of oil.

Bake for 10 minutes, then spray a little more oil over them and bake another 5-10 minutes until cooked and starting to get golden.

I served mine with curry and basmati rice. YUM YUM.


Laterz
xXx

17 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to make these, but was also put off by the frying. Thank you.

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  2. Ooh yes, I am always happy to see successfully baked versions of a normally fried dish. Woohoo!

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  3. They look so good. I have not ventured yet into curry dishes. but I have bought the curry spices so I am getting there.

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  4. I was just thinking about bhaji the other day--the Indian restaurant near my house has a lunch buffet that is worth the cost entirely for the bhaji. I'll have to try this out, if I can get my hands on chickpea flour.

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  5. LOL! When I was in England a few weeks back I watched the food channel constantly. But even I turned over when Market Kitchen came on. One of the main male presenters was a complete dick and used to irritate me to the point I was shouting at him via the TV screen. He kept going on about how good veal is. TOSSER!
    Do you ever watch Ace of Cakes? LOVED that show so much.
    I know that deep frying Onion Bhaji isn't good for us but I have tried baking them and they just don't do it for me.
    I will, however, try your recipe Sal 'cos if they's alright with an alien then they's alright with me.
    :)

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  6. I've never had bhajis, but those look really good! Now I feel like I'm missing out.

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  7. HA Market Kitchen!! I've watched it a couple of times but you're right you need to be pretty darn bored! I don't know why I've never considered making my own bhaji's before, I'm a spice wuss so I could actually make some I can handle that way!!

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  8. They still look fried! Nice work and thanks for the recipe!!!

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  9. I've never made these, but they look like my kind of deal...anything with chickpea flour is usually good. Looks like a great pairing with the curry and rice.

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  10. Oh man, I do love onions... Especially when they're crispy! What a great idea.

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  11. Baked bhaji is a great idea! I love onion bhajis as well.

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  12. Oh, baked not fried works for me everytime! Too much oil makes me ill. These look tasty!

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  13. good to know that works. I have this paranoid feeling that there's only two or three episodes of Market Kitchen and they keep repeating it all the time. is there something wrong with me?

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  14. Yum! Those look really good.

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  15. i'm not big on frying foods either, i love your idea to bake 'em, Sal! i've never had bhajis before - but they look awesome, sound stellar, and they're gluten-free, too - how can i not make these?!?! :)

    your curry looks great as well - i love that you topped it with some peanuts for extra yumminess. nice!

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  16. mm... did treehuggers onion bhaji's last year (damn was it really that long ago??)...must make some more...

    YES on ACE OF CAKES! :) Only watched a couple but a total riot!

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  17. We had these for lunch today and they will certainly become a regular thing.

    Thank you.

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