Reader Recipes: Lou’s cheap n cheerful n very very tasty onion bhajis recipe

I’d like to share a ‘frugal recipe’ for onion bhajis. If you make a fairly big batch (as below) and freeze most of them, the ingredients total about £1.44 (4.5p each) which is not only bargainous but you have a ready supply of tasty bhajis. And at that price, they’re a cost effective addition to any meal.

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Onion + veggie bhajis recipe
Much as I like onions, they don’t much like me so I like to throw in other veggies too: finely sliced sticks of carrots, potatoes, aubergines, and courgettes all work well. But you can try whatever you like.
~ 14 tablespoons plain flour
~ 1.5 tsp turmeric
~ 1.5 tsp cumin
~ 1.5 tsp garam masala
~ 1.5 tsp chilli powder
~ 1 tsp ground coriander
~ 1 tsp salt
~ 2 eggs
~ 4 tablespoons home-baking lemon juice (or the juice of a fresh lemon)
~ 6 tablespoons water
~ vegetables as desired eg: 1.5 onions, 3x carrots, 2 x potatoes, ½ an aubergine
~ vegetable oil
Method :
1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt, herbs, spices and turmeric (which – I learnt from James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen – is a natural antiseptic and classed as a condiment rather than a spice).
2. Beat 2 eggs in another bowl, whisk in 4 tablespoons of home-baking lemon juice (or the juice of a fresh lemon) and 6 tablespoons of water.
3. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture to make a thick batter (if it’s too thick and dry, add more water a tablespoon at a time until you get a thick, runny batter mixture) and leave for 5 mins.
4. Slice the onions, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables you may be using into fine sticks, then stir thoroughly into the batter.
5. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan/saucepan then place a tablespoon of the veggie batter into the oil, and fry for 2 minutes before turning over for another 2 minutes.
6. Cook a few bhajis at a time (in batches) and drain well on kitchen paper.



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