A great favourite on Ready Steady Cook, and they taste as good as they look. A very good, quick starter or main course with a little salad. We sometimes have these as a telly meal with the kids.
- 1 medium onion, peeled, halved and sliced very thinly
- 225g self raising flour
- 1 heaped tsp of ground turmeric
- salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 1 level tsp ground cumin
- 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- sparkling water to mix
- vegetable oil to cook in
- For The Sauce:
- 225mls natural yoghourt
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- Half a medium ripe mango
- peeled and de stoned (half a 410g tin of sliced mangoes well drained
- I think are far better than fresh for this sauce)
- Pre heat the vegetable oil to 180°C.
- Place the mango and yoghourt into a liquidiser and blitz until smooth. Spoon into a bowl and stir in the chopped mint, cover and leave to marinate for about 1 hour out of the fridge.
- Place the finely sliced onion, spices, salt and pepper, and chopped coriander into a large bowl and mix well.
- Add enough sparkling water to mix the onion mixture to a wet, soft mixture. The mixture must not be runny. Do not overwork or the bhajis will be tough and leaden.
- Pull off lumps the size of a walnut, its quite nice to see the onion coming out of the batter.
- Drop no more than 4-5 lumps into the hot oil. They will colour very quickly due to the turmeric.
- Once they have cooked for 3 minutes, flip over and cook the other side until nice and evenly browned.
- Drain well on kitchen paper and keep warm.
- Let the oil come back to the right temperature and repeat the process with another 5 lumps.
- To serve place on warm plates and drizzle over a little dressing and serve with a little green salad.