Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tofu and Onion Bhajia - (Onion Tofu Fritters)

Kanda Bhajia is very popular Indian appetizer and tea time snack, one of the highly craved snack during wet and cold weather. I made little variation to regular onion bhajia by adding tofu cubes and served them with green chutney made with sweet relish, fresh cilantro and green chilies.

Ingredients :-
  • 2 cup Besan.
  • 1/2 cup Water.
  • 2 large size Onion cut lengthwise.
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Cilantro.
  • 9-10 chopped Green chilies.
  • 2 cups cubed Tofu- 1/2 inch size - Gently squeeze out water and lightly marinate with salt.
  • 1 T.spoon Ajwain (carom seeds)
  • Salt as per taste.
  • Canola oil for frying.
Method Of Preparation :-
  1. Take 3-4 quart glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 2 cups besan, salt, Ajwain, chopped chillies and cilantro. Mix all well.
  2. Add lengthwise cut onions and coat them well with besan mixture. Add half cup water and stir well. Leave mixture in bowl for 10 minutes.
  3. As mixture turns more moist add Tofu cubes and gently mix all batter.
  4. Heat oil in Kadhai/Wok. Once oil get hot maintain medium hot temperature. For checking right temperature add little batter through small spoon in Kadhai. Fritter should quickly float on top with lots of bubbles around. It should not quickly turn dark brown.
  5. For dropping fritters in oil you can either use spoon, small serving tong or hands. I find it comfortable to use hands. Merge all five finger tips together and dip in batter. Collect walnut size batter and gently drop into Kadhai. You need to be quick and cautious in this step. Make sure you grab onion pieces and tofu pieces in each pick.
  6. For each batch drop 8-12 fritters into Kadhai and fry them turning to both sides for at least 2-3 minutes. Be watchful on flames. Always maintain medium heat and in between you may rise temperature little higher but quickly get back to medium heat.
  7. Once you see all fritters turn golden brown and appear crisp in texture, remove them from oil and place it on open large plate layered with paper napkins.
  8. You will be able to make at least 40 fritters with this quantity.
  9. Serve them hot with following Green Hot-Sweet-Sour Chutney or ketchup.
Chutney :-
  • 4 Tb.spoon Sweet Relish.
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh Cilantro.
  • 6-10 Green chillies. (Adjust as per heat desired)
  • 1/2 T.spoon chat masala ( optional)
  • Sanchar (rock salt)
How to prepare Green chutney :-

  1. Take small jar of blender and add 4 Tb.spoon sweet relish, chopped corriader, green chilies.
  2. Blend it to fine paste. Add 1/2 T.spoon chat masala and little rock salt.
  3. You may add very little water to have your desired consistency for chutney.

Sweet relish gives sweet and sour taste also it helps to retain green color for longer time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi! Great blog! The kanda bhajji look yummy especially with the tofu twist :)