We don’t have any of our bhaji mix on the shelf at the moment, but we don’t want to leave you without - so by popular request, here’s how you can make it at home!
Bhaji mix ingredients:
200g gram flour
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp baking powder
Mix dry ingredients together and add enough water to make a batter – you want it thicker than for pancakes, but not stiff.
My favourite bhaji is cauliflower, so I’ll give you the instructions for that. Break cauliflower into florets and put them into boiling water, bring back to the boil then remove from the heat straight away and strain. They will feel like they are too firm, but trust me this will make them perfect. Drop the cauliflower florets into the batter and coat thoroughly. Heat about an inch of oil in a deep frying pan, once it is hot drop the coated cauliflower in and fry, turning regularly, until a golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and give a sprinkle of salt before serving. Best served hot with a yoghurt dip, or as a side with a curry.
You can also use peas, chopped onions, partially cooked sweet potato… anything you fancy really! They’re also great with salad, if the sun finally comes out and you fancy a quick bite…