Fried Snacks are a favorite throughout East Africa and these crispy onion fritters are at the top of the list. The onion bhajia recipe below is a simple and delicious African appetizer which can also be served as a side dish.

To Make this recipe, you will need the following:


1 Cup Onions, thickly sliced into rings
1 Cup Gram (Chickpea) Flour
1 Pinch Baking Soda
½ Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tsp Ground Coriander
1 Tsp Red Chillies
½ Tsp Turmeric
½ Tsp Sugar
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Pepper
2 Tbsp Cilantro
½ Cup Water
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice


  1. Peel 2 Large onions and then slice into ½ in thick ring slices.
  2. In a bowl, mix well flour, baking soda, and spices with a whisk.
  3. Pour in water and lemon juice, then whisk into a smooth batter.
  4. Mix the onions and the batter until evenly mixed.
  5. Heat enough oil for deep frying to 375°F.
  6. Carefully drop the batter into the oil and fry for about 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Drain on a paper towel and then transfer into a 200°F oven to keep warm, before serving.


Simply sprinkle some fresh lemon juice over the bhajias or serve them plain.

You could also serve them with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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