Bhaja, a Bengali dish which in this country has become synonymous with spiced onion in batter, can be any deep-fried vegetable or mixture of vegetables and not always coated in batter. Try vegetables like courgettes, turnips, swedes, potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Make the batter by mixing the flours in a bowl. Add the bicarbonate of soda, chilli powder, pepper, turmeric and salt. Whisk in
Preheat oil for deep-frying to 190°C/375°F. Stir the poppy or mustard seeds into the batter. Dredge
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