Can you eat onion bhajis without cooking?

In this brief article, we will answer the question,”Can you eat onion bhajis without cooking?”We will explain how to make raw onion bhajis as well as fried onion bhajis. We will also discuss how to properly store cooked bhajis.

Can you eat onion bhajis without cooking?

Yes, you can eat raw onion bhajis and we will explain a recipe to make them. Bhajis also commonly referred to as bajia are fritters that have roots in the Indian subcontinent. They are usually made with spicy and hot veggies such as onions and chickpea flour batter. They are a favorite snack, street food and starter in Indian cuisine.

How do you make raw onion bhajis?

To make raw onion bhajis you will require the below ingredients:

  • 1-2 oz onion
  • 8 oz chickpea sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 red chili
  • 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

Follow the below directions

  • Dice up your onion finely. You can as well choose another vegetable as your prefer
  • Take all the remaining ingredients and put them in the blender. Blend until you have a very smooth batter
  • Stir in the finely chopped veggies or onion using a spoon
  • Form some patty shapes about an inch high
  • Dehydrate your patties for about 10 hours and you are done.

How do you make cooked onion bhajis and raita?

To make cooked onion bhajis you will require the below ingredients:

  • 2 onions, which are diced
  • 100g gram chickpea flour
  • ½ tablespoon Baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon  chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon  turmeric
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped and deseeded
  • Vegetable  oil to be used for frying

For the raita to be used as a condiment you will require:

  • ½ cucumber
  • 150g tub Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped mint

After you have gathered all the ingredients follow the below step-by-step directions

Step 1

Soak your 2 diced onions in some cold water as you prepare the base mix. Put your baking powder and chickpea flour into a bowl large enough to fit all the ingredients then add the chopped chili, chili powder, turmeric and some salt for taste. Add in about 100ml of water to thicken the batter. You can always add in more water if the batter feels too stiff.

Step 2

To make the raita, grate your peeled cucumber and sieve it over a bowl. Mix with the Greek style yogurt and chopped mint you can add some seasoning. Squeeze any moisture that might be remaining with your hands and then put the raita in a serving bowl ready for the onion bhajis.

Step 3

Ensure that you well drain the onion and blend it with the batter. Heat up some oil in a deep frying pan and ensure that you do not fill it more than a third full. To check if the oil is hot enough, put in a speck of batter and if it rises all the way to the surface with bubbles around and browns then the oil isn’t hot enough for frying.

Step 4

It’s now time to fry up the bhajis, lower heaped tablespoons of the bhaji mixture into the deep frying pan and fry for some minutes. Ensure that you occasionally turn so that they are evenly fried to a crisp and brown color. 

It should take about 3 to 4 minutes to dry them well. Drain the excess oil on kitchen paper and sprinkle it with a little bittle salt. Keep the fried bhajis warm as you fry the remaining bhajis. Serve your bhajis with the raita.

How do you store cooked bhajis?

If you are not going to eat all the bhajis it is important that you store them well to prevent any risks of food infections. Cooked bhajis can be freezed, to freeze bhajis, follow the below guidelines:

Cool them

First ensure that the bhajis have cooled down completely.

Spread them on a baking sheet

Place the cooled bhajis on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Ensure that they do not touch otherwise they will end up lumping together.

Freeze your bhajis

Place the baking sheet with your bhajis in the freezer ensuring that it is flat. Let the onion bhajis freeze for a couple of hours.

Bag up and freeze them again

Take your bhajis out of the freezer and place them in a freezer bag then put them back in the freezer.

Other FAQs about Onions  that you may be interested in.

Do onions go in the fridge

Do onions become poisonous after being cut

What gives onions their smell


In this brief article, we have answered the question,”Can you eat onion bhajis without cooking?”We have explained how to make raw onion bhajis as well as fried onion bhajis. We have also discussed how to properly store cooked bhajis.


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