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Curtis Stone’s Onion bhajis with lime yoghurt dipping sauce

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  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • No added sugar
  • Vegetarian

Crispy and golden, these Onion bhajis make an easy vegetarian starter when entertaining. Served with a punchy lime yoghurt sauce, you've got yourself an absolute crowd-pleaser.

  • Serves6, as a starter
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Curtis Stone’s onion bhajis with lime yoghurt dipping sauce


  • 1 tbs chopped coriander
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup (35g) chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup (45g) rice flour
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds, toasted, coarsely ground
  • 3/4 tsp fennel seeds, toasted, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) iced water
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Lime yoghurt dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup (140g) plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 long green chilli, seeded (optional)
  • 1 lime, zest finely grated, juiced

Nutritional information

Per Serve: Energy: 526kJ/126 Cals (6%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 6g (9%), Sat fat: 1g (4%), Carb: 12g (4%), Sugar: 2g (2%), Fibre: 3g (10%), Sodium: 243mg (12%).

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  1. Step 1

    In a medium bowl, combine the coriander, garlic and ginger. In a small bowl, combine the chickpea flour, rice flour, chilli powder, mustard seed, fennel seed and 3/4 tsp salt. Add flour mixture to coriander mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine. Add the water and stir until a thin batter forms and some small lumps remain. Stir in the onion.
  2. Step 2

    Half-fill a large heavy saucepan with oil. Heat oil to 180°C over medium-high heat (when oil is ready, a cube of bread turns golden brown in 15 secs). Working in batches, cook 1-tbs portions of onion mixture for 1 1/2 mins or until golden brown and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bhajis to a baking tray lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Step 3

    To make the lime yoghurt dipping sauce, place yoghurt, coriander, mint, chilli, if using, lime zest and 1 tbs lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer bhajis to a serving plate and serve with dipping sauce.

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