How to make onion bahjees

If you've got lots of home grown onions hanging in the shed, here's a great recipe to make the most of them from Amanda Davies

Delicious onion bhajees
Delicious onion bhajees Image: Amanda Davies
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Unless carefully planned, late-winter and early-spring gardens can be affected by what is commonly termed The Hungry Gap; a time when there is not much to eat fresh from the garden. However, by planting autumn onion sets, these edible bulbs will soon be ready for harvest. And if you’ve got lots of onions hanging in the shed, here’s a great recipe to make the most of them.

Onion bhajees ready to eat
Onion bhajees ready to eat
Image: Amanda Davies

Onions are versatile both in their raw or cooked form – from using as a base to enhancing all kinds of recipes from across the globe. So, with that in mind, the next time you fancy something spicy, instead of reaching for the takeaway menu why not have a go at making your own Onion Bhajees – after all fresh onions not only contain vitamin C, but they have good levels of phytochemicals inside including Quercetin and Chromium that help improve immunity, regulate blood sugar, lower LDL cholesterol levels help heal inflammation and infections, and give protection from some cancers.

Make the most of your stores of onions
Make the most of your stores of onions
Image: Amanda Davies

As well as planting in the autumn, onions can also be grown from both seed and bulb anytime from Boxing day onwards. But don’t just take my word for it, a quick peek at Vicki Cooke’s feature on onions here will tell you everything you need to know for your best crop ever.


3 Large onions.

2 Free range eggs at room temperature.

120g of Plain Flour (or Garam flour/chickpea flour).

2-3 Teaspoons of Garam Masala.

½ Teaspoon of Turmeric.

Vegetable oil.


Peel and slice the onions into rings.

Using a large bowl, beat the eggs and spices together until well blended.

Add the onion.

Sieve in the flour and mix well, either using a wooden spoon or your fingers if you prefer.

Put around three tablespoons of oil into a deep-frying pan and once it reaches medium heat drop several spoonfuls or small balls of the Bhajee mixture into the pan. Fry for abbot thirty to forty-five seconds, until they are golden brown then turn over and fry the other side.

Keep turning the bhajees until they are golden throughout. Drain on kitchen roll and serve.

Note. Traditional bhajees are made with Garam flour, (chickpea flour) but this recipe works just as well with normal flour if you don’t have Garam flour. For a gluten free version use Chickpea flour instead but do check the ingredients in your Garam masala too to ensure it is gluten free.




Amanda Davies

About Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies was born in St David’s the UK’s smallest city. She now resides in South Pembrokeshire where she is passionate about using local, seasonal produce. Her father’s family were traditional Welsh farmers, her mother’s were Italian bakers, so it was in Amanda’s blood to grow and bake her own foods. She has two productive greenhouses, as well as many other edibles dotted around her garden.
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