My Gluten Free Guide

Onion Bhajis

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This is a slightly different take on classic gluten free onion bhajis as I wanted to create a pan fried (rather than deep fried) version I could easily make at home. Now I have made them I will definitely be making them regularly rather than searching the shops for gluten free onion bhajis. They are extremely cheap to make once you have the ingredients and taste delicious.

These pan fried versions are flat in shape, rather than round, as this helps them to cook through during pan frying. You can even make these ahead of time and then heat them up under the grill or the pan again just before serving.

Gluten Free Onion Bhajis

Ingredients (makes 12, serves 4 as a side)

  • 2 large onions
  • 80g gram flour
  • 0.5 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam malasa
  • 0.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 30g butter, melted
  • 80ml water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Peel then onions then slice them very finely. Place them into a large bowl.
  2. Sift the gram flour and the spices into the bowl with the onions, then mix with a wooden spoon until the onions are well-coated with the dry mixture.
  3. Add the melted butter to the bowl and stir through.
  4. Now finally pour the water (tap water is fine) into the bowl and give everything a really good mix.
  5. Add the oil to a large frying pan and set over a medium heat. Once warmed, carefully place 4 tbsp of the mixture into the frying pan, each creating a small heap. Use a spatula to gently press the heap down into a patty shape.
  6. Fry for 5 minutes on a low-medium heat, then flip over and cook for the same amount of time on the other side. The gluten free onion bhajis will crisp up on the outside, while the onions inside start to turn soft and sweet.
  7. Slide them out of the pan once cooked, onto some kitchen towel (to soak up any excess grease). Then you can either serve straight away or rewarm them under the grill or in a pan later.

If you liked making these gluten free onion bhajis why not try one of my other gluten free recipes:

Enjoy! x

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