Baked Onion Bhajis


A healthier alternative to the deep-fried onion bhajis you find in Indian restaurants. These are baked and exceedingly tasty. They are sweet, tender and very Moorish. Serve hot as an appetizer or starter.

close up view of Baked Onion Bhajis on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 bhajis


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed

  • 5 small onions, thinly sliced

Spices for the Pan:

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

For the Bhaji Mix:

  • 5 tablespoons chickpea flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle in chili powder and mix. Add turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Stir well and remove from heat.

  3. Combine chickpea flour, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Mix in the onions and tomato puree; add a little water until mixture is wet and easy to stir.

  4. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil onto the prepared baking sheet. Place 2 tablespoons of the onion mixture onto the baking sheet for each bhaji; flatten slightly with the back of a spoon.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Drizzle remaining oil over the bhajis and continue baking until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If your local supermarket doesn't stock chickpea flour, you can find it in Indian specialty stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

60 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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