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Red onion & chilli bhajis with mint & garlic raita


Red onion & chilli bhajis with mint & garlic raita

Ingredients

  • 2 red onions
  • 100g chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp curry paste or powder
  • 1 red or green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  •   Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 20 mins

    Skill level:Moderately easy

    Servings:Makes 12

    Method

  • Finely chop one onion and thinly slice the other. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the curry paste or powder, chopped chilli and a good sprinkling of salt. Add about 150ml of cold water to make a thick batter. Stir in the chopped and sliced onions until they are well coated.
  • Mix together the raita ingredients with a little salt and pepper, then spoon into a small bowl. Heat about 5cm of oil in a wok or deep pan. Add a tiny speck of batter, if it rises to the surface surrounded by bubbles and starts to brown, then the oil is hot enough.
  • Add heaped tbsps of onion mix to the pan, a few at a time, and cook for a few mins, turning once, until they are evenly browned and crisp, about 3-4 mins. Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with a little salt and keep warm while you cook the remaining bhajis. Serve with the raita

For the raita

  • 150g tub natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed