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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  1. I love onion bhajis. These look delicious and full of flavour. Your recipe is easy to follow. A great read.

  2. I do love an onion bhaji, but the limited times I've tried to make them they've not been crispy, but maybe this recipe will change things x

  3. We LOVE onion bhaji's! I've made them before and deep fried them. Had mixed success with baking them.

  4. Oh my gooodness, these look amazing. We will have to give this a go as I know they would go down really well here.

  5. Baked version of onion bajjis look super healthy and tasty. This is such an addictive snack specially at tea time.

  6. Totally guiltfree. We loved this baked version at home.. I make it slightly differently.

  7. I love the idea of baking them as I love onion bhaji's but always find them a little greasy.

  8. What a fabulous idea to bake them instead of frying them for a healthier version. As I have recently started using my air fryer on a regular basis, definitely going to be trying this recipe in that soon.


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