Spicy Carrot Bhaji Recipe

Bhaji are a kind of fritter made with besan (chickpea) flour and spices, often with added vegetables. In their most basic form they can be served with a simple mango chutney as a snack, but they make a great protein- and fiber-filled addition to your salads, sandwiches, rice bowls and wraps.

Spicy Carrot Bhaji

Spicy Carrot Bhaji

Crispy, spicy bhaji, perfect for dipping in chutney, wrapping in roti, or chopping into bites and tossing in your salad. These are a high-protein, high-fiber addition to your meal, and are surprisingly versatile for a fried food. So long as they have a sauce to keep them company, they will be delicious. Grated carrots make these sweeter and lighter than other bhaji, but you could swap with shredded zucchini or sweet potato if you prefer. Fresh minced Serrano peppers add the heat in this recipe, but go ahead and omit them if you are worried about the heat. These vegan bhaji can be made gluten-free by using rice flour instead of the wheat flour.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Protein, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 8 Bhaji
Calories 799 kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl For combining the dry ingredients and mixing the batter.
  • Whisk To mix the flours, spices, and water into a smooth batter.
  • Grater To peel and grate the carrots.
  • Cutting Board and Knife For chopping cilantro and Serrano chili pepper.
  • Frying Pan To fry the bhaji. Choose a pan that's large enough to hold the batter and allow space for frying multiple bhajis at once.
  • Measuring cups and spoons For precise measurement of ingredients.
  • Stirring Utensil A spatula or spoon for folding the vegetables into the batter and for flipping the bhajis while frying.
  • Paper Towels To drain excess oil from the fried bhajis.
  • Plate To serve the cooked bhajis.
  • Stove For heating the oil and frying the bhajis.
  • Heatproof Tongs or Slotted Spoon To flip and remove the bhajis from the oil safely.
  • Towel or Cooling Rack To cool and drain the bhajis after frying.
  • Broiler (Optional) If you plan to store the bhajis and reheat them later, you might use a broiler to crisp them up before serving.


  • 1 cup besan also known as chickpea or gram flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour substitute rice flour for a gluten-free option
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable broth powder or salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds preferably toasted but no big deal if they aren’t!
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups peeled and grated carrot about 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced Serrano chili pepper
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavoured oil, such as sunflower or canola


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the besan, all purpose flour or rice flour, vegetable broth powder or salt, cumin seeds and turmeric.
    In a large bowl whisk together the besan all purpose flour or rice flour vegetable broth powder or salt cumin seeds and turmeric
  • Add the water and whisk just until it is smooth with no big lumps.
  • Add the carrot, cilantro, and Serrano pepper to the bowl.
    Add the carrot cilantro and Serrano pepper to the bowl
  • Fold the vegetables into the batter gently. The mixture will be thick, but the water from the veggies will loosen it up a bit as you stir them in. You can always add a bit more water if it is really stodgy after you add the veggies.
    Fold the vegetables into the batter gently
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat until it sizzles when you drop a tiny bit of batter in it. Add batter in 1/4 cup rounds in the hot oil, spreading them out a bit with the back of the measuring cup until they are mostly even.
  • After about 4 minutes, the tops should be starting to look less shiny, the edges should be golden and the bottoms should be golden brown. If they aren’t, turn up the heat a tiny bit and cook for another minute or two.
  • Flip the bhaji and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the center of the bhaji is cooked through and the outside is golden all over.
  • Drain bhaji on a towel-covered plate and serve right away. Bhaji may be kept in the fridge for a week, and re- and crisped under the broiler for a couple of minutes on each side before serving.


Keyword curry, Savoury, Spicy, Vegan

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