Friday, June 4, 2010

Kanda Besan Bhaji

Kanda means onion. Onions with besan is an extremely delicious dish. Small sized onions or just the bulbs of spring onion are cooked with roasted besan.

It is very easy to cook and will not take more than ten minutes to prepare.

It is ideal to be served with roti or paratha.



  • Separate bulbs from the greens of spring onions. Trim off the roots and peel the outer layer of the bulb off to access the tender, crunchy interior.
  • In a small kadhai or wok roast the besan (without adding oil) until light brown. Keep aside for later use.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add asafetida and cumin seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the garlic. Stir-fry till brown; now add the red chili pieces and fry till they are little darker.
  • Add onion bulbs and stir-fry. Mix in coriander powder, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, amchur powder and the garam masala. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes till onions are transparent.
  • Add roasted besan and mix till all are blended.
  • Serve with dal, rice / roti.

Do You Know?

  • Gram flour contains a high proportion of carbohydrate but no gluten.
  • Gluten is the substance that gives dough its elasticity, strength, and makes the dough rise. Wheat has a high level of gluten.
  • Some examples of non-gluten flours are rice (brown and white), potato, chickpea, quinoa, cornmeal, soy, sorghum, and buckwheat.
  • Breads and baked goods made solely with non-gluten flour have different characteristics than baked goods made with gluten flour.
  • The texture is much more dense and crumbly because the dough made with gluten-free flour does not rise. Many people prefer the dense texture.
  • Various types of baked goods made with gluten-free flour are also full of flavor and some have even better nutritional profiles than baked goods made with gluten flour.


Mary Blackledge Corroo said...

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I'm new to Indian cooking. (I've made approximately 15 different vegetarian Indian recipes in the past month.)This is unlike anything I have ever eaten or cooked. My onions were rather thin, so I added half of a potato to the recipe. I didn't have amchur powder so I added a light sprinkling of salt and lemon juice to the finished dish. The dish was utterly delicious! We enjoyed it very much. I'm sure I will make this many more times in the future.
I'm impressed with how good I feel eating Indian style vegetarian food. In only a month I feel 10 years younger! I'm grateful to you and all the other wonderful cooks who have helped me by sharing their expertise on the internet.

Nidhi Raizada said...

thanks for the appreciation...I would also like to try lemon instead of Amchur next time..

Lucky Sign said...

nice blog! i found this blog today. looks so delicious. thankyou for shearing! chowringhee