Spring Onion & Herb Bhaji

One of my lovely neighbours popped by this week to drop off loads of spring onion and coriander as she had way too much delivered and knew I would use it. She was absolutely right. Veggies and herbs will never go astray in my kitchen. I decided to make Bhaji with loads of spring onion, coriander and mint. These crispy and golden spicy fritters are super moreish dipped into my fresh & zingy herb sauce. Any chutney will do though.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 12 pieces


  • 2 bunches of spring onion finely sliced
  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • 10 g fresh mint
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 c (250 ml) chickpea flour
  • ¾ c (180 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) corn flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) each of ground cumin and coriander
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) garam masala
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried chilli or more
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • 250 ml cold soda water or beer
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Zingy Coriander & Mint Dipping Sauce:
  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • 15 g fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) desiccated coconut (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) white vinegar
  • Salt and sugar to taste


  • Place the spring onion, herbs and garlic in a bowl.
  • Add all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Now slowly add enough soda water or beer to create a thick batter consistency.
  • Heat enough cooking oil for deep frying. Make sure the oil is moderate. Not too hot.
  • Place spoonfuls of batter into the oil (in batches) and fry until floating, evenly golden, crispy and cooked inside.
  • Meanwhile place the dipping sauce ingredients into a blender or blitz until well combined ( a herb smoothie!). Season to taste.
  • Sprinkle bhaji with some extra spring onion and herbs and eat immediately with the dipping sauce or chutney of your choice.


Tip: Serve alongside some of my favourite crowd-pleasing Indian meals: Chicken Tikka Masala, Cauliflower & Chickpea Tikka Masala, Dhal and Butter Chicken.
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