Post published on June 9, 2021 by vspiceroute

Last post modified on August 14, 2023 by vspiceroute


Air Fried Broccoli Bhajiyas

Rain = Bhajiyas or Pakoras. Do you agree?
It was pouring yesterday in New York city right when I was leaving work and all I could think of was Bhajiyas. As soon as I arrived home, I looked at my refrigerator to see what can I use to make bhajiyas and I saw the broccoli staring at me. I had never tried broccoli bhajiyas before and it was a good reason to experiment with it. I used Air Fryer and they turned out just perfect. They sure did hit the spot. My husband who had just finished work was surprised with these bhajiyas and both of us enjoyed them while we watched the rain come down from our window.
This is an easy recipe that will take 25 minutes from making it to enjoying them. The recipe is completely vegan and jain.
Checkout my reels video on Instagram to see me making them and don't forget to tag me if you do make them.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, sides
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1-2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp hing powder
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil spray
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • salt as needed
  • 1-2 wedges of lime
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup water as required


  • Soak the Broccoli in 3-4 cups of water for 20 minutes
  • Drain the Broccoli and dry it on a kitchen towel after 20 minutes
  • In a mixing bowl, add chick pea flour, semolina flour, salt, chili powder, fennel seeds, turmeric powder and hing powder
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and whisk it, if needed add more water but keep the batter thick for air frying, if frying on stove can make it less thick
  • Add the dried broccoli to the batter
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Grease the air frying or baking tray with oil spray
  • Lay the broccoli florets one by one separated on the tray
  • Spray more oil on top
  • Air fry for 15-20 minutes till they are crispy and brown
  • Sprinkle with chaat masala and squeeze lime juice
  • Serve immediately with ketchup or chutney
Keyword airfried, rain, snack