Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kanda Bhajii

Kanda Bhaji - Onion Fritters

Kanda bhaji a mouth watering snack is mostly enjoyed on a rainy day at home and a cup of pipping hot tea. One who is working on a rainy day they enjoy it at a roadside thela (vendors) with a cutting chai (tea) and with some friends to chat with. In Kolhapur (Maharashtra, India), there are so many vendors selling bhaji near Station, or near Irwin Christian High-school.
Here in Australia there is no such season Monsoon it rains in every season, so we don't need any specific reason to make kanda bhaji's . Following recipe is same as my mother makes it and its from our Kolhapur.

  • 1 cup Besan (use as require)
  • 5 Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 green chili finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Ova (Ajwain seeds / carom seeds)
  • 10-12 curry leaves (optional)
  • few strings chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Water
  1. In a mixing bowl add sliced onions, salt and some chopped fresh coriander.
  2. Keep aside for 10 - 15 min, mixture will release water from itself .
  3. Now add rest of the ingredients and mix well. (Don't add water till all the ingredients are mixed well)
  4. Add water only if needed the batter should not be watery little thicker than dosa batter or little thicker than pancake batter.
  5. Note : Add besan only as a binding material for onion's, thats what makes the Bhaji crispier and you can see the nicely browned onions when done.
  6. Now heat oil on medium flame and make bhajis. Use fork to put small parts of batter in oil, else use your hand.
  7. Keep them on medium flame for 2-3 min. Turn them and again fry them for another 2-3 min or till brown.
  8. When done remove on Kitchen paper towel.
  9. Serve hot with a slice of bread and a cup of tea.
  • Information: More than in cooking, Carom seeds are also know for their medicinal use-as a home remedy for stomach ache, indigestion and throat problems. 

This recipe goes to the mharorajasthanrecipes


  1. lovely---wanna have some with a steaming cup of tea!

  2. Yummy onion fritters. They look just perfect

  3. Wow, they look soooooooooo tempting. Thanks dear for linking it to our event, but I did not see any note as to where is the recipe taken from as remember this event only calls for bookmarked recipes.

  4. Hi Priya, I forgot to write in the blog where this recipe came from, mostly the recipes i post are from my mother, i don't really write them on paper but do get suggestions and tips from her every time i make. Hope this will fit in your bookmark event. :)