Onion Bhaji | Vengaya Bajji ~ Simple delights!

>>  Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There are some dishes that you will not really think about posting on your blog. Well there is nothing wrong in posting a simple, everyday dish. However when it comes to a snack like the Onion Bhaji, I have stayed clear of it, well until now!

Come to think of it, I never really thought I might one day post onion bhaji as it's not a rocket science. Of course one might take a look at my index and conclude that there are so many that might fall under this category. Anyway as always I found myself, convincing myself that well the time has finally come when I must resort to this.

When I thought of the Tea Kadai Menu, which by the way was inspired by a menu card shared in one of the FB group that I am part of. They shared the menu card from a local restaurant that has come up with this concept. I was taken in so much with it. And wanted to have that as a theme. However they simply had about 4 - 5 dishes and to make the theme less complicated and more complicated in terms of other ways, I decided on 5 sets, from which we have to make select 3 dishes. Infact I included somosas and bajjis just to make it a bit easy. On the other hand, I also thought of featuring either coffee/ tea mandatory in the picture. That's called digging my own grave!

Anyway with the conditions and the dishes that I could actually make it in the shortest span of time was the Onion Bajji. Konda, infact Athamma too, were both taken aback that I have not featured onion bhajji. I told Konda that Onion bajji is not actually a recipe to share!
To make it look more like the bhajjis you would get from a tea kadai, I served it on the newspaper. The tea glass was supposed to be that original tea glasswala, unfortunately I couldn't lay my hands on those. And my makeshift tea stands on salman khan's face. Now he will never pose a competition to my onion bajjis, I simply didn't want him featured.

And remembering the onion bajjis, I remembered the Potato Bajjis we stop to eat on the national highway between Tada and Chennai. The Andhra Tourism Hotel, serves a select snack during the evening time. And Potato Bajji with Red chili chutney is always on their menu. The potato bajjis are so crispy and chutney so spicy, that the combo is a sure die for.

We were remembering the many occasions when we stopped just for those bajjis and Hubby dear said I didn't meet their match. Well I would be taking up the challenge pretty soon I replied.

Bajjis ~ Onions and Potatoes

Ingredients Needed

Fried Gram flour / Besan - 1 cup
Cold water as required to get a thick batter
Red chili powder

Oil for deep frying

Onions, potatoes.

It's really pretty hard to arrive at the measurement for onion bajjis as this is always done as you go.

Only difference here being I used cold water to get the effect of Tempura. And the onions and potatoes are sliced really very thin. At least potato was.

Have the oil getting hot, dip the slices into the batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Cook on medium flame to make sure the bajjis are cooked well.

Drain and dig in!

The climate in madras has been straight out of dream, and I wouldn't mind having these on frequently basis, however fattening it is.

Konda is grown enough to enjoy the bajjis, the boys are yet to start. I know I will have more demands when they start liking this snack!

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Roha Khan July 24, 2013 at 4:30 AM  

My Favt.

Manjula Bharath July 24, 2013 at 5:43 AM  

all time fav bhaji :) looks super delicious dear :)

vaishali sabnani July 24, 2013 at 5:51 AM  

Oh these are super hit bhajias and everyone has a different way to make them, so it is perfectly fine to blog them..might be simple, but surely a recipe which turns the simple onion into a mouthwatering snack.

Sona S July 24, 2013 at 7:02 AM  

Cripsy and delicious bhajji.

Linda July 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM  

Srivalli, hello! I can't wait for a cool and rainy day to try this recipe. Rocket science need not apply... it's the little things that cheer me :)

Hope you are doing well!

Sapana Behl July 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM  

It's raining here in Delhi and a perfect time to grab those bajjis with hot chai....

Kalpana Sareesh July 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM  

perfect winter combo..

Preeti Garg July 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM  

I love onion pakoras for every time in mansoon and winter season,, look so tempting

Jayanthi Padmanabhan July 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM  

Lipsmacking bajjis and they look just like the tea kadai ones.. really nice picture and well written prelude. enjoyed reading it. would have liked the newspaper rotated, so that we can read it. I always read the little truncated portions on bajji/bun/egg wrapped papers..

Preetha Soumyan July 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM  

This is something that i usually make for evening snaks @ home.. but u should try the one from Kerala... We called it as"Ulli Vada"......

Priya Suresh July 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM  

Onion bajjis are our all time favourite snacks, drooling here.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan July 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM  

Such yummy bajjis! i always love the tea kadai vadais and bajji. they have a flavor that speaks for themselves. Very well presented valli!

The Pumpkin Farm July 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM  

one vada pav stall in mumbai, serves these stuffed in the vada pav, it lifts the vada pav to another level, loved your first picture with the tea served in glass in te background, perfect

divya July 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM  

Looks so delicious and inviting.

Nivedhanams Sowmya July 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM  

oh the favorite on the tea kadai menu!!! delicious and very tempting!!
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kumars kitchen July 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM  

bhajjis look absolutely irresistible and crisped to perfection, have a phokcha treat on our blog too :-)

Gayathri Kumar July 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM  

This is one of my fav bajji from tea stall. Looks so tempting....

Harini-Jaya R July 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM  

Nothing can stop me from munching those bajjis in the weather we have here right now!

Pavani N July 30, 2013 at 7:21 AM  

Very fun post Valli. These 2 sentences had me in splits: 'That's called digging my own grave!' & "Now he will never pose a competition to my onion bajjis, I simply didn't want him featured.'
Poor Salman!! LOL
Bajjis look crispy and yummy!!

Nisha Sundar July 31, 2013 at 2:00 AM  

This is such a good theme valli. Somehow was not able to take it. And these bhajis, I can never have enough of them! :)

sushma July 31, 2013 at 4:56 AM  

One of my favorite snack. They taste better for me when we get it from road side shops.

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