The Ultimate Bajji Recipe (South Indian Onion Bhaji Recipe)

Last Updated on April 15, 2020 by hungryoungwoman

Fritters are a common snack in Indian homes and a necessity at family get-togethers. Here’s a foolproof South Indian Onion Bhaji Recipe that will have you sorted in minutes!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve signed for a winter photography challenge that requires you to post comfort food that you would have in winter. And this made me think of the rainy season in India where we’d make potato and onion fritters with Karak chai. Therefore, I ended up photographing onion bajji which led to many asking me about the ultimate bajji recipe.

Onion Bhaji recipe (South Indian style), also known as onion pakoda, is one the easiest hacks you can use in your kitchen when you have unexpected visitors or just want to fix yourself an evening snack with your cup of coffee or tea.


How to Make Onion Bhaji:

Using most of the ingredients already available in most Indian homes, if you’re wondering how to make onion bhaji or onion pakoda, it uses dry ingredients like gram flour and rice flour as a base with spices like turmeric powder, chili powder, and cumin seeds (these are optional). The best way to measure dry ingredients is to store them in an airtight container that has measuring qualities. Like this container, I use to store flour comes with a measuring cup of its own that is easy to measure small quantities. Click here to see it.

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The Indian onion bhaji recipe later proceeds with adding a little hot oil to make the batter soft and then adding water and mixing well. Be sure that the batter isn’t too runny for best results.

The South Indian Bhaji is best served with mint chutney. I often make this by blending mint leaves, pepper, cumin powder, and a pin of salt. Later, add yogurt to the mixture.

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South Indian Onion Bhaji Recipe Steps:

South Indian Onion Bhaji

Onion Bhaji recipe is one the easiest hacks you can use in your kitchen when you have unexpected visitors or just want to fix yourself an evening snack with your cup of coffee or tea.

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword bajji recipe, bhaji recipe, onion bhaji
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author hungryoungwoman


  • 2 medium sized onions or any vegetable of your choice sliced thinly
  • 200 g gramflour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp oil for batter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a pinch orange food colour optional
  • coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Add all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Add 2 tablespoon warm oil to the mix to make the batter soft 

  2. Then, add about 3/4th cup of water to the batter and mix well. The batter should now be not too runny nor thick. Make sure the batter does not have any lumps 

  3. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a pan on medium flame and let 2 cups of oil heat for about 2-3 minutes 

  5. After the oil is ready to fry, dip your choice of thinly sliced vegetables into the batter and fry for a minute on each side 

  6. Garnish with coriander and serve with mint chutney

Other ingredient options: This recipe is so versatile that you can use the same batter to make potato bhaji! Apart from that, you can use eggplant, chilies, as well as raw banana slices.

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Do you have easy recipe hacks when you have guests over? Please do share them, I’d love to know!

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Until then, happy eating! xx

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Bajji Recipe (South Indian Onion Bhaji Recipe)

  1. I Have found this recipe quite amazing.
    Thank you so much for sharing .
    I am going to try this out very soon.
    My family will love it. Thanks for posting !!

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