Onion Bhajis

  • 5MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 59KCAL

These slimming-friendly Onion Bhajis have the same flavours as those from the Indian takeaway, but are perfect for anyone calorie counting or following a diet plan such as Weight Watchers.

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories59
  • Carbs9g
  • Protein3g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.4g
  • Sugars3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These Onion Bhajis are super tasty – great on their own or served with a curry. We’ve got loads of curry recipes to choose from!

What diets are these Onion Bhajis suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free without making any substitutions!

You could also enjoy these Onion Bhajis if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Onion Bhajis recipe?

  • You need to count 1 Points per portion of this Onion Bhajis recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Onion Bhajis recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Onion Bhajis recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

They’re a great side dish for any curry, or even just to eat as a snack.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Onion Bhajis?

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You don’t need anything unusual to make this recipe – it’s really easy and simple to make.

The onion in this recipe should be sliced very thinly. If it’s not you may find that the Onion Bhajis tend to fall apart and not really hold their shape.

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How many calories are in these Onion Bhajis?

There are 59 calories in each of our slimming friendly Onion Bhajis. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and cut the red onions into thin half moons, you can use a mandolin for this. Peel and cut the sweet potato into manageable chunks, and grate using a mandolin or a normal cheese grater. Be sure to follow product safety instructions carefully if using a mandolin, to avoid injury.

Step 2

Put the onions and sweet potato into a large bowl, then add the two beaten eggs, salt and pepper and the spices

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Step 3

Mix the mixture thoroughly.

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Step 4

Then either: Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spray liberally with Low Calorie Cooking Spray. Roll the mixture into rough balls. Place onto the baking tray so they’re not touching each other. Once arranged, spray again with Low Calorie Cooking Spray.

Or: Spray a 12 hole muffin tray with a decent amount of Low Calorie Cooking Spray, then divide the mixture equally between all 12 moulds. Press them down firmly and spray the top with more Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Step 5

Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big you’ve made the bhajis.

Step 6

About half way through, turn them over using a spatula and spray again with Low Calorie Cooking Spray.

Step 7

If you want them to be crispier, grill them for a few minutes once they’re cooked.

Step 8

Serve and enjoy however you’d like them. They are lovely with a bit of fresh coriander, salt and pepper.

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Any of the following go really well with Onion Bhajis – these all make great accompaniments to a tasty curry!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when these Onion Bhajis are cooked?

You should cook these Onion Bhajis until they are crispy and golden. They should be tender in the middle.

This should take approx 30 minutes in the oven.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Onion Bhajis in the fridge?

Once you’ve made these, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Onion Bhajis in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Onion Bhajis?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat these Onion Bhajis?

From chilled: Place on a baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 170ºC for 10-15 minutes until crispy.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and cook as above.

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Onion Bhajis

These slimming-friendly Onion Bhajis have the same flavours as those from the Indian takeaway, but are perfect for anyone calorie counting or following a diet plan such as Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 59
  • Carbs 9G
WW Points
  • 1 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

  • 3 Red Onion
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • A sprinkle of Salt & Pepper
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and cut the red onions into thin half moons, you can use a mandolin for this. Peel and cut the sweet potato into manageable chunks, and grate using a mandolin or a normal cheese grater. Be sure to follow product safety instructions carefully if using a mandolin, to avoid injury.
  2. Put the onions and sweet potato into a large bowl, then add the two beaten eggs, salt and pepper and the spices
  3. Mix the mixture thoroughly
  4. Then either: Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spray liberally with Low Calorie Cooking Spray. Roll the mixture into rough balls. Place onto the baking tray so they're not touching each other. Once arranged, spray again with Low Calorie Cooking Spray. Or: Spray a 12 hole muffin tray with a decent amount of Low Calorie Cooking Spray, then divide the mixture equally between all 12 moulds. Press them down firmly and spray the top with more Low Calorie Cooking Spray
  5. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big you've made the bhajis
  6. About half way through, turn them over using a spatula and spray again with Low Calorie Cooking Spray
  7. If you want them to be crispier, grill them for a few minutes once they're cooked
  8. Serve and enjoy however you'd like them. Lovely with a bit of fresh coriander, salt and pepper

Recipe notes

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TracySunday 24th March 2019

Hi, what is the dip?

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    CateMonday 8th April 2019

    You can make a nice dip for these with some fat free natural yogurt, mint and lemon juice. (I also like to add a little pinch of sweetener!) 🙂

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TonyThursday 21st March 2019

Could i make the mix the day before and cook the bhajis the next day?

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    LisaMonday 8th April 2019

    Hi Tony
    You could prepare the onions and sweet potato the day before. Keep keep covered and in the fridge. I wouldn’t advise mixing the egg in ahead of time though. Eggs are best fresh and you would also run the risk of moisture seeping out of the onions and sweet potato overnight and making your bhajis soggy.
    Hope this helps

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Anne MillsFriday 8th February 2019

These are fab! Just had them to accompany my homemade, sw friendly, tandoori chicken chunks…. far more satisfying than rice, and probably healthier, too! Thanks, Pinch of Nom……. nom.nom.nom.nom

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JoyFriday 25th January 2019

Lovely but needs more spice. I would say a tablespoon of each. I ended up topping with chilli flakes . Served with a cucumber raitia

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