Wednesday 26 May 2021

Giveaway the Instagram Foodie Bag

I love food photography and you will have read in my previous post about my new Instagram Bag. The Instagram Bag is a special bag for those who have both a love of food and a passion for photography. 

The bag is a complete solution for a portable photography Kit. It consists of a zipped bag with, 8 postcards with photography tips, reflectors and 4 photography backdrops . 

I am really excited to share that I have two Instagram Bags RRP £39.95 to giveaway  (1 per winner) courtesy of the Paper Bag Co

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Monday 17 May 2021

A thankyou to all my subscribers

I have been writing this blog for a number of years and absolutely love sharing my recipes with all my readers.The blog has grown from strength to strength and I get motivation from all the love that you readers show me through follows, likes and comments. I just wanted to share a little update about what I have been doing during the last 18 months during the Covid Period and the numerus lockdowns.

During Covid times it has been harder for all of us and many people started to cook more. I had many requests to do recipe videos. From January 2020, I  started a  recipe youtube channel to compliment the blog and work side by side. 

I have also started to feature more vegan and gluten free recipes as requested by many of you. You make like these Baked Onion Bhajis and this Garlicky Broccoli and Cauliflower stir fry

Since I was concentrating on building up the youtube channel, the blog was playing a secondary support role, however the you tube channel is now established and running well so I hope to update the blog more frequently and bring you all exciting new recipes.

Alongside the youtube channel, I also moved my cookery classes to virtual classes on Zoom. I teamed up with a friend and together we offer vegetarian and vegan 1-1, group classes and corporate classes too. You can check out the schedules of the classes on our eventbrite link. We also offer gift vouchers which make nice gifts. You can check out more details about my cookery classes here .

I was also really fortunate to be featured on Out and About Show on Zee Tv. I featured four of my favorite recipes on the show. It was a wonderful experience and a very enjoyable one.

There is also a blogger update and those of you who have subscribed to my blog via email through feedburner will now receive regular post updates through instead. This is because feedburner are no longer offering this service. You will not need to do anything, the transition will happen naturally and you will receive the updates as normal. If you are new to the blog and not yet subscribed then you can do so by adding your email in the widget in the sidebar of this blog, this means that you can get all the new posts straight into your inbox to check out at leisure.

Once again thank you for all your support and visits without which this blog would not be where it is.
Please do let me know any recipes you want me to feature in my forthcoming posts.
I am also available on other social media platforms. I would love it if you follow me there too.

Thank you once again for your continued support.
Love Nayna


Wednesday 5 May 2021

Baked Onion Bhaji -Vegan -Glutenfree

Onion Bhajis are my favorite tea time snack, it reminds me of winter months when it is cold and raining and my mum used to serve these delicious piping hot bhajis with steaming hot cups of tea. I have vivid memories of pulling them apart and dipping them in tangy spicy green coriander chutney and devouring the whole plate. 

The spicy crispy bhajis were absolutely delicious and I really wanted to recreate them. My mums bhajis were always fried and as a kid we ate lots of them without any worries. Now as an adult and the change in our lifestyles, I wanted to recreate a healthier version of the same so in this recipe I baked them instead.

What are Bhajis?

Bhajis are a fried snack that originates from the Indian subcontinent. They are usually served at tea time with a cup of tea and dips. In the western world they are often served as an appetiser or starter in restaurants.They are also known as pakora, pakoda, bhajis, and bhajiyas.

Can the bhajis be air fried or deep fried?

Yes  the authentic way is to deep fry them,but the healthier option is to air fry them or bake them.

Is there a big difference in the fried and baked version?

As always anything that is fried alwa s tastes better, but the baked versions have all the flavour and are so much healthier to eat.

Are these gluten free and vegan?

These onion bhajis are totally vegan and gluten free.The main ingredients are vegetables, gram flour and spices. In certain regions they are also made using rice flour.

Can I freeze the bhajis?

Yes you can freeze these bhajis after making then and warm them upin a preheated oven after removing them from the freezer.

What can I serve the bhajis with?

You can serve these onion bhajis with green coriander chutney, yoghurt and mint chutney or tomato chutney. Kids can  enjoy them with ketchup too. of course you also need steaming hot cups of masala chai

Baked Onion Bhaji Onion Bhajis are a healthier version of the traditional fried onion bhajis that are typically served as a teatime treat in India.
Yield: 12 piecs
Author: Nayna Kanabar
Baked Onion Bhaji

Baked Onion Bhaji

Baked Onion Bhajis are a healthier version of the traditional fried onion bhajis that are typically served as a teatime treat in India. Often known as pakoras, bhajiyas and also bbhajis, they are normally deep fried so they are crispy on the outside and soft inside. They are served with chutneys as a appetiser.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min


Baked Onion Bhaji
  • 2 medium onions 300g peeled and sliced
  • 180g Chickpea Flour
  • 30g Rice Flour
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Tsp ginger paste
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped green chilli
  • 2 Tbsps Fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/3 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower oil for batter
  • 2 Tbsps sunflower oil for brushing the muffin pan and top of bhajis
  • 3 Tbsps Water ( may need a little more or less depending on flour)


  1. Peel and slice the onions into very thin strips and keep aside
  2. In a bowl add the chickpea flour, rice flour, garlic, ginger, finely chopped chillies, coriander, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, bicarbonate of soda and 1 tablespoon of oil and mix together to combine.
  3. Separate the onion slices and add them to the flour mixture and toss together the onions and the flour mixture.
  4. Add three tablespoons water and mix, the spice mixture should stick to the onions but it should not be too wet.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/375 Degrees F
  6. Brush a muffin pan generously with oil using a pastry brush.
  7. Pinch lime sized balls of the bhaji mixture and fill each cavity in the pan with the mixture.
  8. Brush the tops of the onion bhajis with oil and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, turning the bhajis after 10 minutes of baking.
  9. Once cooked transfer the bhajis to a serving platter and serve with green coriander chutney.


You can deep fry or shallow fry these onion bhajis.



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There are lots of teatime snacks that you can enjoy. How about these sweetcorn bhajiyas, these 
rice bhajiya, these samosas and these dhoklas. Have you had any type of bhajis before? Which is your favorite? Do share in the comments below.

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