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Appears in
The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

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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.


  • 60 g/ 2 oz besan flour
  • 75 g/


Make the batter by mixing the flours in a bowl. Add the bicarbonate of soda, chilli powder, pepper, turmeric and salt. Whisk in 250 ml/ 8 fl oz cold water and leave to stand for 30–45 minutes.