Air Fryer Onion Bhajis. How to cook onion bhajis without deep frying thanks to the air fryer or actifry. These low calorie healthy onion bhajis are delicious, crispy and flavoursome.
Air Fryer Onion Bhajis
Welcome to my Air Fryer Onion Bhajis recipe. This is an updated version of our low calorie onion bhajis that we originally shared back in 2016. I have added in extra information and included air fryer frozen onion bhajis as well as how to reheat your favourite onion bhajis.
Just the mention of the words “onion bhaji” and I am there with bells on. I have loved crispy onion bhajis since I was a kid.
I remember meals out to the Indian restaurant with my parents (probably from the age of eight and onwards) and I would be boring and always have the same thing.
Onion bhaji for starter, butter chicken with chips or rice and some naan bread. It was delicious every time and I always got excited over tucking into some Indian food.
Fast forward to age 16 and I had a part time evening job working in an Indian Takeaway. To my delight they would deep fry onion bhajis for me to snack on all evening. Talk about being in food heaven!
But marrying someone that hates Indian food means that it is something that is very rare. Plus, if you add to that living in Portugal where there are hardly any Indian restaurants then you are pretty much screwed.
When I lived in England there would be about four Indian restaurants in my small local town.
Yet now there are six. That is six in our entire state where we live in Portugal. All with inflated prices. I am yet to find an Indian restaurant that is within a 1 hour drive that is any good.
So, I am left just making my own, but again when you are making for one it just doesn’t seem worth it.
I always end up just making some onion bhajis as they are easy and simple and I don’t have to share them with anyone!!!
Today, what I wanted to do was share with you how to make your own homemade healthy onion bhajis in the air fryer.
As well as offering you information about how to cook your favourite frozen onion bhajis.
Onion Bhaji Without Deep Frying?
In my teens my mum would make me a large onion bhaji at home. It would taste just as good as the ones from the Indian restaurant. They would also be large and cooked in the deep fat fryer.
They were so large, that she would have to adjust the temperature for them to be cooked in the middle.
But could we take that delicious onion bhaji and cook it without deep frying?
Well that is the plan and expect onion bhajis that are not soggy and all you have to worry about is what to serve with it.
Can You Make Onion Bhajis In An Air Fryer?
Absolutely! In fact, it is my favourite way to cook my onion bhajis. You can make a much healthier onion bhaji in the air fryer and then have less guilt next time you took into one.
I remember years ago having a Slimming World mini magazine about eating out on Slimming World.
It listed what to avoid and what to eat for your favourite food types including Indian.
On the avoid if you can list was the onion bhaji. But if you made healthy onion bhajis at home instead in the air fryer, then you are going to have something special without the guilt.
What Are Onion Bhajis?
I am sure some of you will be reading this and gather from what I have said that I love onion bhajis.
You will have also ready that it’s an Indian food, but you might not know anything else beyond this.
Well in a nutshell, a bhaji is a small piece of finger food that comes from India. It is traditionally made of onion fried in batter with lots of yummy Indian spices.
Are Onion Bhajis High In Carbs?
Yes they are. Ingredients in onion bhajis include plain flour, which is bad news if you are on a low carb diet.
Though it is great for a calorie counting diet because you can reduce your calories of your onion bhajis by air frying rather than deep frying.
Can You Cook Onion Bhajis From Frozen?
Yes you can. You can use your previously cooked onion bhajis that you have loaded into the freezer, you can use shop bought such as the ones sold at Iceland or Morrisons.
To cook onion bhajis from frozen in the air fryer you:
- Load the frozen onion bhajis into the air fryer while still frozen but without any packaging.
- Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f then prick a cocktail into the fattest part and if its hot to touch they are done.
This will of course vary depending on the size of your onion bhajis that you are cooking in your air fryer. From the photo above you can see ours are the small variety that you buy from Iceland.
How To Reheat Onion Bhajis?
To reheat onion bhajis you load them into the air fryer and then cook for 4 minutes at 160c/320f.
Its important that you don’t cook them at a higher temperature as it will cook your onion bhajis rather than reheating them.
This is perfect for following if you have spare onion bhajis leftover from a takeaway or have bought some fresh onion bhajis from the supermarket and wish to reheat them.
Though follow our frozen guide above if you have frozen your onion bhajis.
How To Make Onion Bhajis In Air Fryer?
Cooking onion bhajis in the air fryer is so simple:
- Spiralize or thinly slice your vegetables and load them into a bowl.
- Add in seasonings and batter ingredients.
- Form into onion bhaji shapes and load into your air fryer.
- Cook for 15 minutes on a high temperature and serve.
What To Serve With Onion Bhajis?
Here at Recipe This I love Indian food and can’t get enough of the tastes of India. Here are a few more air fryer Indian food suggestions:
Air Fryer Onion Bhajis
- Peel your onions and sweet potato. Using your spiralizer chop up the onions and the sweet potato and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add your seasoning and mix well with your hands.
- Use the egg to combine it and add a little flour a bit at a time making sure it doesn’t go too thick and is like a classic fritter batter.
- Put a baking sheet in the bottom of your air fryer and place your onion bhajis on top. Cook for 15 minutes on 200c/400f or until they are cooked through.
Onion Bhajis Reader FAQ
- Can onion bhajis be eaten cold? Yes you can. Cold onion bhajis make a fantastic snack to take to work with you in your lunch box. You can also save them for summer picnics too.
- Can onion bhajis be frozen? Yes they can. Wait until your onion bhajis are completely cold and then place them on a baking tray flat in your freezer. Wait until they are almost frozen solid and then remove and place into freezer bags. By doing it this way it will stop condensation and stop them from sticking together.
- Can onion bhajis be made in advance? Yes they can. You can make the batter, place it in the fridge and save for later. Or make your onion bhajis in advance and then reheat them when you are ready to eat.
- Can onion bhajis be reheated? Yes they can. Onion bhajis reheated taste delicious and still have the original flavour to them. Plus, reheating onion bhajis take less time.
- Why are my onion bhajis soggy? This is usually because either your onion bhajis batter is too thick as a thin batter makes everything crispy. It could also be because the onion bhajis have been cooked in an oven or at a temperature that is too low.
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