Onion Bhajia with Yellow Pea Flour

I was craving a nice crispy snack and decided to make Bhujia (pakoras) and Imli (tamarind dipping sauce).  These already are gluten-free when I make them with chick pea flour, but I wanted to use our wonderful and versatile local Yellow Pea Flour, by Tamarack Farms






Onion Bhajia

2 cups sliced onions (yellow, red, white)
1 1/4 cup yellow pea flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
water, to make a batter
1/2 tsp grated ginger
oil, for frying
options:  chopped cilantro, chopped green onion, etc

Mix all ingredients together and adjust flour and water to make a batter that holds together.  In a pan of hot oil, spoon in mixture into portions and fry on each side for a few minutes until brown.  Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.  Enjoy with some Imli.

Imli (tamarind dipping sauce)
1 1/2 cups water
3 heaping tbs tamarind paste
1/2 cup jaggery, or brown sugar
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp cumin

In a small saucepan, cook up all ingredients until well incorporated and shiny.  After a short while, the sauce should thicken slightly.  It will thicken a bit more when cooled.  Enjoy with Bhajia, samosas, etc. 

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