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

Onion Bhajis - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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!

Bet you thought Onion Bhajis were off the menu on a slimming diet? Absolutely not!

A delicious side to any Indian curry, or served as part of a buffet banquet, these Onion Bhajis will blow your mind! Serve with a cooling mint and yogurt sauce for dipping.

Made with only a handful of wholesome ingredients, you can be sure there are no nasty surprises and only good, honest fakeaway food. You can either bake these on a baking tray, or press into a muffin tin for a more defined shape. Whichever method you choose, the only problem you’ll have is bickering over who gets the last one!

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 Point 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?

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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We use a mandolin like this one, which you can pick up from Amazon.

You can use either a baking sheet or a muffin tin for this recipe. A good non-stick baking tray like this one from Amazon is a kitchen essential!

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 slices. 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. Sprinkle with a bit of fresh coriander, salt and pepper, if you like.

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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
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and cut the red onions into thin slices. 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 sprayOr 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. Sprinkle with a bit of fresh coriander, salt and pepper if you like

Recipe notes

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Sue BarnesTuesday 23rd June 2020

Would these work with grated carrot instead of sweet potato please?

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    Holly LevellTuesday 23rd June 2020

    Hi Sue, we haven’t tried this recipe using carrot instead of sweet potato however there will more liquid in grated carrot so you may need to remove this first. Try grating the carrot and squeezing it in a tea towel to remove the extra moisture. Let us know how you get on!

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AliceWednesday 17th June 2020

Can I prepare these the day before up to the point before they go into the oven?

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    SharonWednesday 17th June 2020

    Hi Alice, you can prepare the onions and sweet potato the day before, and place them in a covered container in the fridge overnight. If you mix in the egg the day before, you may find that the mixture becomes wet and soggy which would result in the bhajis being soggy. Thanks for getting in touch and hope you enjoy this recipe.

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AndrewMonday 24th February 2020

Hi, can we freeze them? cheers Andy

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    Holly LevellWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Andy, yes you can! Freeze as soon as it is cold enough and don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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SamanthaSunday 16th February 2020

can i freeze these?

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    Holly LevellWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Samantha, yes you can! Freeze as soon as it is cold enough and don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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