Let’s face it life gets busy, particularly when you have a family. Getting veggies into them can also be a challenge so finding ways of ‘disguising’ them can help enormously. That’s where my Bhaji Bites come in. I’ve taken classic onion bhajis and simplified them so they are quick and easy to make and taste delicious. They’re perfect for a quick snack, as a light lunch, for a lunchox or a side with an evening curry. They’re also naturally gluten and dairy free and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The recipe uses onions, however you can use other veggies as well. Try peas, grated carrot or courgette, finely chopped broccoli & cauliflower (steam lightly first for 5 mins) or steamed green beans chopped into small pieces. Play with different spices depending on what you like. Using gram flour adds yet another ‘vegetable’ and a good source of protein. Shallow fry using healthy coconut or olive oil.
They also freeze really well, so whip up a big batch and put some in the freezer for those days when life runs away with you. Once defrosted pop them in a medium hot frying pan for a minute or two on each side and they’re ready to eat.
For a ‘sweet’ version of these that again are perfect for a lunchbox, as a snack or a delicious breakfast with some berries and cream (or coconut cream) check out my Breakfast Bites.
Both recipes are a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. They can make the batter and then use their imagination to create sweet or savoury version they will love (I’ve not tried them with chocolate yet, but that may well work rather well also!). As always, I hope you enjoy.