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Wild garlic and onion bhaji with wild garlic raita

  • makes about 16 bhajis
  • A little tricky

An easy to make and delicious side-dish for curries

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Ingredients

For the bhajis

  • chickpea flour (also known as gram flour) 100g
  • ground coriander 2tsp
  • cumin 1/2 tsp
  • fine sea salt 1 tsp
  • medium curry powder 1 tbs
  • black onion seeds 1 pinch
  • finely ribboned wild garlic leaves 3-4 tbsp
  • onion 1, peeled and sliced
  • beer or water 100-120ml
  • Groundnut oil for deep frying

For the raita

  • whole yogurt 150ml
  • small cucumber 1, peeled and cubed into 1cm pieces
  • freshly chopped mint leaves 1 tbs
  • wild garlic leaves 1 tbs, chopped
  • pinch of flaky sea salt

Method

  • Step 1

    First, make the raita. Combine the yoghurt with the cucumber, mint and wild garlic and add the salt. Mix well and set aside.

  • Step 2

    To make the bhajis, combine the gram flour with the ground coriander, cumin, curry powder and salt in a bowl. Turn through the onion seeds, wild garlic and sliced onions. Stirring as you go, gradually pour in the beer or water until you have a nice and smooth, yet very thick, batter – you may not need all the liquid.

  • Step 3

    Pour the oil into a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan to a depth of about 8-10cm and warm over a medium heat – you want the oil to be hot, but not too hot, because the onions and flour need to cook through without the outside of the bhajis burning – 165°C is perfect. You’ll need to cook them in batches, so don’t overcrowd the pan – drop large spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and cook until golden, about four to five minutes, turning once or twice. Drain on kitchen paper briefly and serve hot, with the raita alongside.

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