Onion Bhaji Recipe | Onion Fritters Recipe |Onion Pakoda Recipe | Kanda Bhaji Recipe

Onion Bhaji Recipe | Onion Fritters Recipe |Onion Pakoda Recipe | Kanda Bhaji Recipe kurkurit kanda bhaji recipe with chatni

Fritters are my go-to snacks when the craving to have something deep-fried hits me hard. I don’t know what is it about deep-fried snack that makes them so comforting and satisfying. Research studies suggest that it’s linked to the evolution and that humans have always been in search of food that’s rich in carbs and fat. Sounds right to me! So fritters by definition are basically a piece of vegetable or meat that is coated in a thick batter and deep-fried until crispy. Onion fritters/ Kanda Bhaji / Onion Bhaji recipe has many admirers and once you try them, you will know why.

Onion fritters are known as kanda bhaji(कांदा भजी) or kandyachi bhaji(कांद्याची भजी)in Marathi. In Hindi, they call it pyaaz ke pakode(प्याज़ के पकोड़े). The modern-day Indian would call these fritters onion pakoda (अनियन पकोड़ा) or onion bhaji (अनियन भजी) . Pakora in English is called fritters. Surprisingly, these onion pakodas have another name in Marathi that will leave the vegetarians out there completely befuddled. Khekda bhaji (खेकड़ाभजी), which literally means crab pakodas.

Imagine you being a strict herbivore enter a restaurant that screams ‘Pure Veg’ on the sign board. And a guy at the table next to yours orders Khekda Bhaji! And now it seems that these folks also offer seafood! You call your server demand to know if they are double-dealing. Then they tell you it’s just onion pakoda. It’s called khekda bhaji because its shape resembles that of a crab. You find yourself smiling trying to hide your embarrassment and end up ordering some khekda bhaji yourself. And then you fall head over heels in love with the delicious onion fritters recipe!

Fritters are one of the best foods that the Indian cuisine has to offer. During my year-long rendezvous with Mumbai, I got to try by far some of the best fritters. The snack places sell a fritters platter that has an assortment of fritters – Onion fritters, potato fritters, spinach fritters, chili fritters. And I cannot pick a favorite. All the varieties of fritters were delicious. They were often served with pav, dry garlic-groundnut chutney, and fried green chilies. I would sometimes have just fritters for dinner; they were that good.

The Indian fritters usually have no egg in their batter. I have shared a couple of fritters recipe that you would love if you absolutely adore fritters – Green Chili Fritters & Lentil Fritters. The green chili ones are the Indian pakora in the truest sense. They are hot! Like make-your-eyes -water hot. The lentil fritters are savory, fragrant, crispy, and mellower. The lentil fritters recipe is actually pretty healthy. It has got lots of protein and very little fat because they don’t absorb much oil.

How to Fry the Onion Bhaji?

When it comes to making perfect onion bhaji recipe, it’s all about the technique. You just don’t drop blobs of onion in that hot oil. You spread the batter moving it with your fingers as you go. It helps the onion slices to get a tad bit separated from each other and that’s how you achieve the perfect shape and texture. Frying the fritters on low heat for longer once they are set lends them the characteristic crispiness. Also, the pakora batter should not have a lot of besan, but just enough to coat the onion slices.

How to Make Onion Fritters

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Onion bhaji or onion fritters are a hot, crispy and delicious deep-fried snack that’s perfect for tea time or when you are entertaining. Onion bhaji tastes amazing with garlic-groundnut chutney and fried green chilies.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Onions – 4 medium, uniformly sliced
  • Besan/Chickpea flour – ½ cup
  • Cornstarch – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Whole coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds/saunf – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder (Byadgi mirchi) – ½ tsp
  • Green chilies – 3, finely chopped
  • Roasted sesame seeds – for garnish
  • Sunflower oil – for deep-frying
Instructions
  1. Slice the onions uniformly, not too thin or too thick. Transfer the onions to a big bowl and salt to them. Mix well.
  2. Cover the onions and let them rest for 2 hours so that they release their water.
  3. After 2 hours, onions would have released their moisture. In the meanwhile, heat sufficient oil in a skillet. Add the whole coriander seeds, fennel seeds/saunf, cumin seeds, carom seeds/ajwain, and red chili powder to the onions. Mix well.
  4. Next, add the besan/chickpea flour and cornstarch. Mix well.
  5. When the oil is hot, take a small portion of the onion batter. Carefully spread the pakora mix in hot oil using your fingers and turn the heat between low to medium.
  6. When the underside of the bhaji/fritters sets, flip them and continue to fry till they are crisp and light brown.
  7. Remove them onto a plate lined with paper towel.
  8. Finally, serve onion fritters/onion bhaji hot with fried green chilies, garlic-groundnut chutney, and ketchup.

Onion Bhaji Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the onion fritters recipe. Lay out the besan/chickpea flour, cornstarch, and spices.

ingredients for kanda bhaji/ onion fritters recipe


Step 2

Slice 4 medium onions uniformly, not too thin or too thick. Transfer the onions to a big bowl and 1 tsp salt to them. Mix well.

slice the onions and add salt to the sliced onions


Step 3

Cover the onions and let them rest for 2 hours so that they release their water.

cover the onions and rest for 2 hours or till they release water


Step 4

After 2 hours, onions would have released their moisture. In the meanwhile, heat sufficient oil in a skillet. Add 1 tsp whole coriander seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain, and ½ tsp red chili powder to the onions.

add coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds and red chili powder


Step 5

Mix well.

mix well


Step 7

Next, add ½ cup besan/chickpea flour and 1 tbsp cornstarch.

add besan/chickpea flour and corn starch


Step 8

Mix well.

mix well


Step 9

When the oil is hot, take a small portion of the onion batter. Carefully spread the pakora mix in hot oil using your fingers and turn the heat between low to medium.

frying the onions in batter


Step 10

When the underside of the bhaji/fritters sets, flip them and continue to fry till they are crisp and light brown.

flip and fry on both sides


Step 11

Remove them onto a plate lined with paper towel.

remove from oil and put them on a plate with paper towel


Step 12

Finally, serve the onion fritters/onion bhaji hot with fried green chilies, garlic-groundnut chutney, and ketchup.

garnish with roasted sesame and serve with, fried and salted green chilies, ketchup and lasun shengdana chutney and ketchup

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Padma Patil
    June 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    bhaji chhan disat ahet.. kurkurit..

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Dhanyavad 🙂

  • Reply
    Sheena Arora
    August 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    okkk! now i understand y its called khekda bhaji lol..i thought they are non veg.. these look great! just so delicious!

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      I know how you feel. I was confused too when I came across that name for the first time. 😀

  • Reply
    Kishor Punekar
    September 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

    perfect recipe, Salute! it looks so simple but its a complicated recipe, getting perfect results is very hard, i highly recomment this recipe!

  • Reply
    Ankita Mehul
    November 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Hey Monica! After your veg mayo sandwich was such a hit, I couldn’t help but try more of your recipes. I made these today and they came out PERFECT! I love your trick to season the onions with salt n rest them..best bhajis ever! thnks. 😀

  • Reply
    manohar kakatkar
    May 23, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    kurkurit kanda bhaji baghun tondala pani sutle..ata udya banvave lagtil 😀

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