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Bhaji burger

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Vegetarian mains

Bhaji burger

Main Serves 2 1h
Enjoy the contrast of the soft brioche buns and the crispy bits on the edges of the bhaji. Paired with a fresh-tasting Indian-style salad, with mint and spring onions, it's a different take on a favourite dish.

Cook's notes

If you don't have a kohlrabi to hand you can use turnips instead.


  • 60g spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 10-15g mint
  • 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 kohlrabi (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 bhaji burger spice mix (1 tbsp curry powder, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp mustard seeds)
  • 100g chickpea flour
  • 2 burger buns
  • 50g mayonnaise
  • 60g mango chutney
  • lettuce leaves
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Prep time: 40 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 150°C/Gas 2.
  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, mix the carrot, kohlrabi, onions, bhaji burger spice mix, chickpea flour and chilli (to your taste - you can always add more at the end). Season. Add 5-6 tbsp of water. Mix to a thick, sticky batter with your hands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Step 3

    Halve the buns. Lay some kitchen paper on a large plate or tray.
  • Step 4

    Heat a good layer of oil in a large frying pan. Use your hands to divide and shape the batter mixture into 4. Add them to the pan, flattening them down slightly (cook in batches if needs be). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Step 5

    Fry for approx. 3 mins on each side, until golden and crispy, then turn down the heat and fry for a further 2 mins on each side. Transfer to the oven and bake for 8 mins. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Step 6

    Wipe the frying pan. Put the buns in the pan, cut-side down.
  • Step 7

    Let them fry for a few secs, until lightly coloured.
  • Step 8

    Spread both sides of the buns with mayonnaise, then layer up the bun bases with a few lettuce leaves, the bhaji fritters and top with mango chutney. Sprinkle on more chilli if you like. Pop on the bun tops and serve with a salad or side of choice - we went with a fresh Indian salad with shredded mint, cucumber and tomato.

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