Kanda bhaji, onion pakoras or onion fritters as these are called, are the quintessential rainy day snack. It is also a very popular Indian street food, best enjoyed with a hot cup of Masala Chai or Tea. In India the onset of monsoon or the first drops of rains invariably makes everyone dream of eating these bhajis.
Kanda Bhaji | Onion Pakora | Onion Fritters
- 1 Onion, large vertically sliced
- 3/4-1 cup Besan (gram flour)
- 1 tablespoon Rice flour
- 1/2 tablespoon Sooji (semolina) skip this for gluten free version
- 1/4 teaspoon Cooking soda (or Eno)
- 1 teaspoon Chaat masala or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Black salt (sanchar) (limit regular salt based on how much you add this as otherwise it becomes salty)
- Salt to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
- 3/4 teaspon Coriander powder or Coriander-cumin powder
- 1/2 quantity Green chili, medium sized sliced in small roundels
- 10-15 sprigs Fresh coriander chopped
- 1/2 cup Water or as necessary
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups Oil for deep frying or as required
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- Vertically slice onions, put it in a bowl, top it with gram flour, rice flour, semolina (skip this for gluten-free version). Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, black salt, chopped coriander, chopped green chillies. Mix it. Add soda (eno), lemon juice. Mix again.
- Add water by tablespoon, only as much necessary as to mix everything together and have the onions coat with the flour.
- Heat oil for frying. Add 2 teaspoons of hot oil to the above mixture, mix well.
- When the oil is hot enough (on medium flame), add the kanda bhaji by hand or using a tablespoon, in hot oil. I prefer adding this by hand. Let it deep fry on one side until golden brown, then turn on the other side and let it again cook until crisp, golden brown.
- Remove from oil and place it on a plate lined with absorbent paper. Sprinkle chaat masala on it. This step is a must 🙂
Question: How to make the Kanda bhaji or Onion fritters crispy?
Question: Can this recipe be made with other ingredients?
ps: For Masala Chai you can try this recipe, sans Peppermint if you want.