Onion Bajji | Vengaya Bajji

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South Indian Vengaya Bajji are crisp batter coated onion rings. There are many ways onion fritters are made in India. This South Indian style onion bajji is also a well known variation. It makes for a good tea time snack served with a side of chai or filter coffee and green chutney.

onion bajji served on a white plate with a bowl of green chutney and a cup of tea kept in the background and text layover.

Here the onions are cut in rings, batter coated and deep fried. Thus onion bajji tastes different than onion pakora where sliced onions are used.

The batter is made with gram flour, rice flour, spices and herbs. Rice flour helps in giving a more crispy texture. This results in onion bajji having a soft inside with a crispy outer texture. The spices and seasonings can be easily adjusted to your taste preferences.

Pakora and Chai is a combination which most Indians like. That is also one of the reason that one will find various varieties of pakora or fritters in the Indian cuisine.

Some more regional variations

  1. Classic Onion Pakoda – North Indian style
  2. Kanda Bhaji – Maharashtrian style
  3. Ulli Vada – Kerala style
  4. Onion Fritters – Crispy South Indian Style

Monsoons and winters are an apt time for having fried fritters and chai. Serve Vengaya Bajji with mint-coriander chutney or coconut chutney or tomato ketchup or any chutney of your liking.

If making for a party then you can easily scale this recipe to make a big batch.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Onion Bajji

1. First peel, rinse and slice the onions in rounds having 0.2 to 0.3 cm thickness. Keep aside.

onions for making vengaya bajji recipe

2. In a mixing bowl take ¾ cup besan (gram flour) and ¼ cup rice flour.

besan to make vengaya bajji recipe

3. Add the following ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • two pinches pinch of baking soda
  • Also add salt as per taste
spices to make vengaya bajji recipe

4. Add ½ cup water and mix very well to a smooth batter without lumps. The batter should be slightly thick, so add water accordingly.

I overall added ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water. The addition of water will depend on the quality of the besan. Whisk briskly for 1 to 2 minutes to aerate the batter.

batter for making vengaya bajji recipe

Frying Onion Bajji

5. Heat oil for deep frying the fritters in a kadai or pan. You can use any neutral flavored oil.

Test a small portion of the batter in the oil. It should come up steadily and gradually. If it stays at the bottom, then the oil is not hot enough. If it comes up too quickly, then the oil has become very hot.

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6. Dip one onion slice in the batter and coat it very well.

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7. Then gently slid the batter coated onion slices in hot oil. Fry at medium heat.

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8. When one side is light golden, then gently turn over the bajjis and continue to fry.

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9. Turn over a couple of times for even frying and fry till they are golden and crisp. Once done then remove with a slotted spoon draining extra oil in the kadai itself.

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10. Drain them on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil. Fry the remaining onion slices similar way.

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11. Serve onion bajji hot or warm with green chutney or coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

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Onion Bajji | Vengaya Bajji

This South Indian style onion bajji or vengaya bajji is made with onions, gram flour, rice flour, spices and herbs.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine South Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions or 180 to 190 grams onions
  • ¾ cup besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ cup Rice Flour
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 pinch baking soda
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water or add as required to make a slightly thick battter
  • salt as per taste
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions
 

making vengaya bajji batter

  • First peel, rinse and slice the onions in rounds having 0.2 to 0.3 cm thickness. Keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl take ¾ cup besan,  ¼ cup rice flour, ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds), ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and 2 pinches of baking soda. 
  • Also add salt as per taste.
  • Add water and mix very well to a smooth batter without lumps.
  • The batter should be slightly thick, so add water accordingly. I overall added ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water. Whisk briskly for 1 to 2 minutes to aerate the batter.

frying vengaya bajji

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. Test a small portion of the batter in the oil. It should come up steadily and gradually. 
  • If it stays at the bottom, then the oil is not hot enough. If it comes up too quickly, then the oil has become very hot.
  • Dip one onion slice in the batter and coat it very well.
  • Then gently slid the batter coated onion slices in hot oil. Fry at medium flame.
  • When one side is light golden, then gently turn over the bajjis and continue to fry.
  • Turn over a couple of times and fry till they are golden and crisp.
  • Drain them on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.  
  • Fry the remaining onion slices in similar way.
  • Serve vengaya bajji hot with green chutney or coconut chutney.

Notes

  • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
  • The spices and seasonings can be adjusted as per your taste buds.
  • Make a smooth batter without lumps.
  • You can use any neutral-flavored oil.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Onion Bajji | Vengaya Bajji
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 595mg26%
Potassium 374mg11%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 63IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 4µg4%
Calcium 32mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 146µg37%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 62mg16%
Phosphorus 130mg13%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Onion Bajji post from the archives, originally published in January 2017 has been updated and republished on January 2023.

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2 Comments

  1. In tamilnadu homes and restaurants we add asafoetida instead of carom seeds to bajji batter .. 🙂 please try it next time..