This evening we’re invited to a big birthday party. We’re taking a dish of cour-bhajis and some chilli dipping sauce. I really hope people enjoy them as much as we did while I was cooking. There were a lot more than in the photo but we couldn’t resist eating them as they came out of the fryer. It’s a recipe I made up so feel free to experiment with different spices.
Finger food - makes about 35. Deep fat fryer on 170℃
What’s in it?
2 large red chillies, chopped with seeds removed
2 sweet white onion, chopped
4 medium courgettes, grated
275g self raising flour
2 tsps cumin seeds
1 tsp nigella seeds
Sweet chilli sauce for dipping
How’s it made?
30 minutes before
Grate the onion and courgette then leave in a colander for the excess juice to run out. Squeeze as much juice out as you can.
Mix all the ingredients (except the coriander and chilli sauce) together.
Once your oil is at 170℃ drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture into it. I find five or six bhajis on the go at the same time is perfect. Once they are floating, crisp and nutty golden brown take them out of the oil with a slotted spoon and drain for a brief while on some kitchen towel. Then transfer to a rack to keep their crispness.
Tear some coriander to decorate the top and serve with a bowl of sweet chill sauce for dipping into. Serve with a smacking of lips.