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Spicy onion fritters - recipe

Updated on August 16, 2015
Quick & easy spicy onion fritters
Quick & easy spicy onion fritters | Source

Indian-inspired spicy onion fritters

To make truly wonderful genuine onion bhajis from scratch needs certain ingredients which I don't usually keep in stock at home, but this vegetarian recipe is a delicious substitute that can easily be made from items I generally have in the cupboard and fridge.

These delicious fritters take only ten minutes to make and they are very easy to prepare.

We have these as a vegetarian dinner, with salad and mango chutney, although traditionally they are an Indian appetizer. They certainly make a delicious starter for any meal or are tasty as an accompaniment to any dish, particularly a curry.

They are also very good when served cold so this makes them a great choice for a buffet or it's a great idea to keep some in the fridge for a great anytime snack. I often double up on the quantities when we have these for dinner, just so we have extra fritters to eat as a tasty snack.

Once you have made the batter and onion mix for these fritters, you can keep it in the fridge for several days then all you need to do is quickly fry them and serve. Wow!

Photographs © BritFlorida.

All you need

Onion fritter ingredients
Onion fritter ingredients | Source


These ingredients will serve two people as lunch or dinner when served with salad. These quantities make approximately six large fritters. I like to make a batch and keep them in the fridge as an anytime snack.

  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tomatoes for salad
  • 2 spring onions for salad
  • 1 heaped teaspoon korma paste
  • Flour for dusting
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Lemon & fresh coriander for garnish
  • 1 recipe vodka batter - see below


Vodka batter
Vodka batter | Source

The batter I use takes only seconds to make.

It's very light, fries quickly and is very crisp and tasty.

It's suitable for vegans or people who are excluding any animal products from their diet because most vodkas are suitable for vegans. (Do check in you're unsure. We use Smirnoff Red).

Oh, and note that the alcohol evaporates completely leaving no residue or taste. You can serve this to children without worrying about the alcohol content.

You need:

½ cup plain flour

½ cup vodka

1 teaspoon baking powder.

Simply whisk these together by hand (this is where a husband comes in handy) or in a blender / mixer.

Keep this in the fridge while you prepare the onions.


Onions for fritters
Onions for fritters | Source


Put about an inch of water into a pan and set it to boil. Peel the onions and cut into short slices. The photograph above shows you that they don't need to be finely chopped, but in bite-sized pieces.


Add the onions to the now boiling water. They only need to cook for a minute or so until they begin to so soft. Strain them in a sieve and run them under cold water until they are cool enough to handle.

Lightly cooked onions
Lightly cooked onions | Source

Flour the onions

Flour the onions
Flour the onions | Source


Place the onions in a small bowl and add the flour. About a tablespoon is all you need. Using a fork - or your fingers - mix the onion and flour together. The flour will stick to the onions but they don't need to be completed coated, as the photograph shows.

Prepare the mix

Prepare the batter
Prepare the batter | Source


Place a frying pan or skillet onto a high heat and add about ¼ an inch of olive oil.Take the batter mix from the fridge and stir in the korma paste. Once this is blended, add the onion. I add freshly ground black pepper too to give the fritters a little extra kick.

Onion fritter mix
Onion fritter mix | Source


Salad | Source


A simple salad adds to the nutrients of this dish and helps to clean the palate. Slice the tomatoes and clean the spring onions. You'll need a wedge of lemon for each serving, plus some fresh cilantro as a garnish and an extra Indian flavor.

Prepare the fritters

Fry the fritters
Fry the fritters | Source


Now that the olive oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter / onion mix into the oil. I use quite a small frying pan, so do three at a time. When you add the mix, flatten the mixture slightly with a spatula, forming small 'cakes'. These will cook quickly so as soon as you see that the bottoms of the fritters are becoming golden, turn them to cook the other side. Once cooked, place them on paper towel to remove any excess oil. You'll find though that there is very little oil attached to the fritters because of the speed they have been cooked.

Spicy onion fritters
Spicy onion fritters | Source
Serve the onion fritters with salad
Serve the onion fritters with salad | Source


Serve with the sliced tomato and onion, lemon wedges and fresh cilantro. I always have a jar of mango chutney handy too as this is a great condiment to serve with these spicy fritters.

Oh, these are so delicious - I'm making myself hungry just looking at the photograph!

Here's an idea - I do this regularly. I make double the quantity of batter (one cup flour and one cup vodka) and use half for this lovely recipe. I keep the rest of the batter in the fridge in a screwtop jar. Then I have it ready to make my mushrooms in vodka batter recipe - another delicious, quick and easy meal that takes no more than ten minutes to cook.

If you can't buy korma paste in your local grocery store, you'll find that it's available online. It's so useful for many recipes or for jazzing up plain dishes.

I find that this is invaluable in my kitchen so we often buy it in bulk - it keeps well.

Can't buy korma paste?

Patak's TRTAZ11A Korma Paste 10oz, Orange
Patak's TRTAZ11A Korma Paste 10oz, Orange

Someone commented below that they can't buy korma paste locally - the internet has the answer!

This is something I like to keep in stock at all times.

A little goes a long way. Either use a few spoonsful to make a delicious Indian-inspired meal or use just a touch to liven up basic dishes.

Try mixing a little with mayonnaise to make a quick and easy spicy dip. Or stir a in little to a pan of plain, boiled potatoes or vegetables.


Photography credits

Photographs © me and as homemade as dinner.


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    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      You've given such great photos and instructions here. It looks wonderful! Have to see what korma paste is! I'll have to try this one for sure!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      As a long-time onion lover, I have to say, those look seriously good. I never thought of making onion fritters, and I've never heard of korma paste, so you've given me two new things to try in one recipe. Thank you!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @WriterJanis2: It makes the batter SO light!

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      6 years ago

      Oh this looks so good. Interesting that it used Vodka.

    • Meganhere profile image


      6 years ago

      Tasty lens! I'm hungry now.

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      6 years ago

      I feel hungry..:)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RinchenChodron: Hi there and thank you so much for your inquiry. Yes, you can buy the paste inexpensively at Amazon. I've added the details above. Thanks for the heads up :)

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      6 years ago

      Where do you get korma paste? Never heard of it. Do they sell it on amazon? Looks quite good. I'd try it but don't have any korma paste.

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      Writing Nag 

      6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      these look so good!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Oooh! It sure looks good. But what could I substitute for the vodka?

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone1: Thank you Dave!

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      David Stone 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Smart formatting for your recipe lenses. It really gives them some power.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you Nancy! They are so good.In fact, I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight and I think it's time to get the vodka out again :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Those look delicious. I have never cooked with vodka before but that definitely sounds interesting.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is a great idea for a vegan dinner. We've been trying to eat more vegetables lately, and this is right down our path for that. I like the fact of the light batter and that they don't hold much oil. I also love the photos! Well done!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Lady Lorelei: It's really quite amazing how it creates such a light batter. That's great because we try to keep away from fried foods as much as possible. If you try the batter, it's great to use with mushrooms - a sort of tempura-type dish.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @topbuilderlist: They are delicious and very light - not what you expect from a fried food.

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      6 years ago

      Wow I will try this spicy onion fritters.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens - nice big pictures. Well done.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Rangoon House: They are very tasty, that's for sure!

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I love the vodka addition. They look scrumptious!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Jogalog: So simple and yet so tasty!

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      6 years ago

      I have a similar recipe I use to make these and I absolutely love them.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I would never of thought of using Vodka to make a batter. I usually use a little milk to damp the items and then toss in the flour. Must give this a try some time. I presume you could use Madras or Tandoori paste too to give a slightly hotter or more spicy taste than the Korma, which is very mild?

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DebMartin: You'll love it, I'm sure! The wonderful thing too is that these fritters are not at all greasy and they are very light. Enjoy!

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful! I had to look up Korma paste because I've never heard of it. To my delight, it's curry! This wonderful recipe is at the top of my list to try. So easy and some of my favorite ingredients. Korma paste is on my grocery list. Thanks!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CampingmanNW: They are so very quick and easy to make. Enjoy!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LiteraryMind: Oh they are SO much tastier! The batter is so light and crunchy so the dish isn't at all greasy or fatty.

    • CampingmanNW profile image


      6 years ago

      A recipe to definitely try at home. I love onion fritters too.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never heard of onion fritters. Looks a lot tastier than fried onion rings.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LadyDuck: Thank you - I hope you'll give these a try!

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      6 years ago

      I love every kind of onion fritters, your recipes sound very good.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @mrdata: Thank you so much! It's very tasty - I hope you give it a try.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for your delicious recipe and congrats for your lens!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @vineliner57: I remember once making lots of these these for a party and using a whole bottle of vodka :) I do hope you'll try these as they are very light - the batter isn't at all fatty or greasy. It's that magic vodka that does the trick!

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I love onion fritters. Great pictures with easy to follow directions. Do you ever have leftover Vodka when you do the double batch?

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: What a great message - thank you!

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      6 years ago

      When I was growing up, as long as there was in flour in the kitchen pantry, there was no such thing going hungry. It's amazing what you can do with plain flour. Flour, fritters and fun. They all start with the same letter! YUM!

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      6 years ago

      Your lense is so yummy and nicely presented!


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