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Appetizers

Spicy Spinach Fritters (Fiji Bhajia)

November 24, 2020

Every family member in our extended family has a specialty. They may not know it but they do. I know who to go to when I am craving something whether it’s achar, curries, chai, sweets or in this case Spicy Spinach Fritters known as Bhajia. My Mausi is the go-to person for Bhajia. She makes this recipe so fast I feel like she always has a batch ready to-go. One minute we are doing a quick visit to her house, the next we are eating Bhajia. It just happens like that. She recently took the time to show me how she makes it. If you are looking for a simple and unique Bhajia recipe this is it.

I’ve been given the gift in life to be not only a SWEETS person but also a SALTY person as well, and I’m not sure if it is a blessing or a curse .  With the salty cravings comes spicy cravings. If you are a spice girl like me, you know what I mean. There are days that I just want something super spicy. This savory snack fulfills my cravings not just for spice but there is a nostalgia about it that makes you feel at home. You can make it as spicy as desired, or no spice at all.

The one thing you will find in this Bhajia recipe that you will not find in any other is the red bell pepper. My Mausi believes the red bell pepper makes a difference. The subtle sweetness of the red bell pepper shines bright along with the powerful flavors of the onions in this recipe.  I am a fan of this special ingredient!


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Spicy Spinach Fritters (Fiji Bhajia)
This five (5) ingredient savory & spicy spinach fritter is a crowd pleaser served hot or cold.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix together the onion, red bell pepper and hot peppers. If you don't have a blender or grinder for the hot peppers, you can dice them up in small pieces.
  2. Add in frozen spinach and mix with your hands. You may wonder why there is no liquid in this recipe, the reason is because the moisture from the frozen spinach helps bind the ingredients together.
  3. Slowly start to add the flour and baking powder into the mixture and combine all ingredients using your hands.
  4. Heat oil to deep fry the fritters.
  5. Once oil is hot begin adding in the mixture by using your fingers dropping a spoonful into the oil about golf ball sized. If you are scared to drop in with your hand you can use two spoons.
  6. Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot! Typically Bhajias are not served with chutney but I love to have mine with imili chutney (tamarind chutney) or dhaniya chutney (cilantro chutney).

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