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Bhujia is a spicy Indian snack consisting of fried onions or potatoes. It is a popular snack, relished by people of all ages. Also known as Pakoras, these are the perfect snack for a cold, rainy day. It is very commonly used as a tea time snack.

Though there are various recipes of Bhujia depending upon region to region, the basic recipes consist of onions and dipped in a mix of besan or gram flour, spices and herbs, then fried.

Though the way of making is similar to pakoda, bhujia is basically made of onion although any vegetable can be used. Onion Bhajis are often eaten as starters to main indian cuisine courses along with Poppadoms. They are served with mango or sweet-sour tamarind chutney.

Bhujia is easy to prepare. Ingredients needed are onion, 1 cup bengal gram four, water to make batter, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, pinch of asafetida, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp thymol seeds, salt to taste, cooking oil for deep frying.

Mix the gram flour and the spices mentioned above with a little water, to make a thick batter. Add salt to taste. Slice the onions thin and dip them in the batter one at a time. Heat the oil and reduce the flame to medium. Now deep fry the dipped onions till the get a golden color. Drain excess oil on paper towels. Serve the Bhujias hot with tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.

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