Onion Bajji Recipe and Kesari is a traditional combo to be served festive occasions in South Indian Families. Forget buying ready-made and chemical preservative.
Bajji or Fritters whatever name you call it, Tastier food is tastier everywhere. South Indian onion bajji and Western fritter taste the same, but the ingredients are totally different. My MIL always makes this Bajji and Kesari for the guests.
Bajji is a common term and can be prepared with many vegetables. My son's most favorite is a snack. Bajjis are deep red in color when it is served in hotels. But I love its original orange color and I preferred not to add any food color. But if you wish to have, hotel-like deep red bajjis, you may add 'orange' or 'Kesari' color to the dough.
How to make onion bajji
1. Add Bengal gram flour, cornflour, sambar powder, baking soda, and salt to a bowl.
2. Add water to form medium consistency paste. The consistency determines the thickness of the bajji's coating. So, If you prefer thicker bajji, make the flour consistency thicker and vise verse.
3. Opt for big round onions and slice into medium thickness. Very thin slices are very tough to work with. Dip these slices in the dough, and drop it immediately into the hot oil. Deep fry it till it becomes golden brown in color and crispy. Drain it and place it in the paper towel which removes excess cooking oil.
4. Serve with your favorite condiments. Traditionally, coconut chutney will be served as a side for Onion Bajjis, but I love to have it with tomato ketchup.
Onion Bajji Recipe
- 1 cup chickpea flour /besan
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp salt or as required
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp hot oil for blending
- 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Slice onion evenly about quarter inch thickness.
- In a wide mixing bowl, add chickpea flour, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, and water.
- Make it thick flowing consistency batter.
- To this, add sizzling hot oil, and stir vigourouslys to make the hot oil incorporated with the entire batter.
- Over medium heat, place a pan and add vegetable oil.
- Once the oil becomes medium hot, dip an onion slice to the batter, and drop gently over the oil.
- Allow it to cook for 1-2 minutes and flip to the other side.
- And cook for 1-2 minutes or until the crust becomes crispy and golden brown.
- Serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.
Serve as a tea time snack. Tomato sauce or coconut chutney is the best combination.
Tips and Variations for Onion Bajji Recipe:
With the same bajji batter, use different vegetables to make Banana bajji, chili bajji, bread bajji.