Chicken Bhajis

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  • 3cm roughly chopped & peeled root ginger
  • 1 green chilli, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 brown onions, thinly sliced and sweated for 15 mins
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 chicken breast, diced


  1. First, in a mortar and pestle, grind the ginger, seeds and ginger to make a rough paste.
  2. Bring this over to a bowl containing the cooked onions and mix together along with the flour, spices, oil and lemon juice. Bring the dough together with a little water - bear in mind it needs to be quite dry.
  3. On a lined baking tray put 6 tablespoons of the mixture and pat down slightly. Press a piece of chicken into each one and cover with more bhaji mix, then bake at 360°F/180°C for 35 minutes, basting occasionally with oil, until they are golden brown and crisp. Serve with mango chutney and fresh coriander.