Onion Bhaji (Pyaaz Pakora)




  • 1 cup gram flour (chickpea flour)
  • 1 tsp Spice Horizon ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp Spice Horizon sea salt
  • 1 tsp Spice Horizon ground organic cumin
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Spice Horizon chili powder
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 4–8 Tbsp water
  • 2 sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp Spice Horizon coriander seeds, crushed


  • Sift the chickpea flour, salt, cumin, turmeric, baking soda and chili powder into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and peanut oil, then gradually stir in water (1 Tbsp at a time) until a loose batter forms.  
  • Mix in the onions and crushed coriander seeds, stirring until the batter is fully incorporated.
  • Heat enough peanut oil in a heavy skillet or wok to about 350 degrees F.
  • Without overcrowding the heavy skillet or wok, drop in spoonfuls of the onion mixture and cook for about 2 minutes.   Using a spoon (or tongs), to flip the bhajis over and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • When each bhaji is finished cooking, remove from the oil and drain well on paper towels.
  • Bhajis are best when served warm with a wedge of lemon or a cucumber yogurt-dip mixture (Raita).


  • Mix 1¾ cups plain thick yogurt with ½ chopped cucumber, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp sugar, a pinch of ground cumin and 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro or mint. 
  • Sprinkle Spice Horizon chili powder on top to garnish.

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