What is bhaji?
Bhaji is the Indian version of a fritter. Often made with vegetables like onion, potatoes or even chili. They are deep-fried and served as snack or eaten on their own if you are in the mood. Since I love anything generously seasoned with spice and fried until crispy, they are definitely one of my favorite things to eat.
A different kind of bhaji
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with various ways of getting more vegetables on not only my plate but my husband’s as well. Luckily for me, I discovered that flavoring any vegetable with Indian spices like cumin, coriander, red chile powder and turmeric and deep-frying it is the way to go when it comes to sneaking in something healthy for my spouse. When in doubt, spice it up and fry!
Since then, these carrot bhajis have been a big hit in my household. Sweet, salty, spicy-I can’t get enough of these delicious morsels. These Indian spiced carrot balls are great as a starter, cocktail party hors d’oeuvres or accompaniment to a spicy curry. Pair it with a garlic and lemon yogurt sauce as a great way to cool the spice if you are not used to the heat and add some tartness.
Grated carrot and onion seasoned with Indian spices shaped into bhaji and fried. Served with a tangy lemon and garlic yogurt dipping sauce. Great as a starter, cocktail party hors d’oeuvres, or accompaniment to a curry. #vegetarian #easyrecipes #appetizer #carrot #lemon #yogurt
2 large carrots (peeled and grated) ~about 2 1/2 cups
1 medium onion (grated)~about 1 cup
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp -1 tsp red chile powder (depends on spice preference)
2 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp flour
freshly cracked black pepper
Coriander/cilantro to garnish (optional)
1 cup/245g plain Greek yogurt
2–3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
2 scallions (chopped)
a sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper
- Combine grated carrots and onion in a mixing bowl and combine.
- Sprinkle with spices and sea salt and toss together.
- Add cornstarch and flour and combine to make a dough.
- Using your hands or a tablespoon, form dough into balls around 1in/2cm in diameter.
- Add oil to a medium non-stick frying pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot, add carrot bhaji balls and fry until crispy on both sides.
- Take out and drain excess oil on paper towels and sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper.
- Serve with a yogurt dipping sauce.
- Combine yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, salt, scallions and black pepper together and blend in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Category: Vegetarian, Starter, Side
- Method: frying
- Cuisine: Indian
Keywords: Carrot, Indian spice, fried, appetizer, vegetarian, yogurt, lemon
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