Gluten-Free Bhajji or Onion Pakoras or Indian-style Onion Rings


Gluten-Free Bhajji or Onion Pakoras or Indian-style Onion Rings


Vegetable oil - enough to get about an inch of depth in your frying pan.  I used about 1/2 a regular size bottle.

2 medium onions - any variety

1 cup gluten-free flour (or gram flour which is also called besan or chick pea flour)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 TBS turmeric

1 TBS ground cumin

1 TBS garam masala

1/2 tsp chili powder

salt & pepper to taste

1/3 cup water

fresh cilantro for garnish


Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl & blend well.  Add the water & whisk into a batter.  You can make this batter thicker or thinner with the amount of water you use.  Thinner batter makes for a lighter final result.

Slice your onion up into thin slices maybe 3 inches long.  NOT LIKE YOU SEE PICTURED HERE.  These were too short & fat to nest together well.

Add the onions to the batter & stir until every onion is well-coated.  Heat your oil.  Add one slice of onion to the oil.  Once that has browned - remove it.  Make little nests (balls, patties - whatever) of the onion-batter mixture & CAREFULLY place into the hot oil.  Turn if you need to - so that they are nicely golden all over.  Remove from oil & drain on some bunched up paper towels.  Repeat until all your onion pakoras are cooked.  

Put them in a serving dish & sprinkle with chopped, fresh cilantro and a little salt - if you desire.