Bhajis are traditionally made from a batter of chick pea flour, vegetables and spices, which is then deep-fried. These bhajis have been oven baked rather than fried to reduce the fat content. They are a tasty protein-rich and gluten-free alternative to bread.
1 cup chick pea flour (besan)
1 red onion
1/2 cup fresh coriander
1 green chilli (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
Unprocessed salt (Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt)
1-2 tbsp melted clarified butter
- Preheat the ovn to 180C
- Sift the chick pea flour (besan)
- To the sifted chick pea flour, add baking powder, cumin seeds & some unprocessed sea salt to taste
- Mix in enough water to make a thick batter which can be scooped. If you batter becomes too thin just add some more chick pea flour.
- Finely chop the red onion,fresh coriander & green chilli and mix into the chick pea batter.
- Scoop spoonfuls onto a greased baking tray & bake until the bhajis are cooked 10-15 minutes.
Part way through cooking, brush each bhaji with a little melted clarified butter. This helps them to brown and have a crispier texture.
Serve fresh with a dip like coriander & mint or as a gluten-free alternative to bread with soups and stews.