I’ve always loved onion rings, especially when they are hot and crispy, with a great outer texture. But I’ve always hated the way I feel after eating too many of them, because I can never stop at just one. The same goes for Bhajias, a fried Indian snack that I love, especially on cold days, and can never stop at just having one. So I decided to recreate healthier baked versions of some of these favorites so I can enjoy as many of them as I want.
First on my list were Onion Rings, since they seemed to be the easiest to develop. When it comes to onion rings, whether they are thin or thick, heavily battered thick rings or lightly battered onion straws, I like them all. However, they do need to be crispy all the way through, so I don’t find the onion sliding out with the first bite. So, for this recipe, I decided to keep them light and focus on the texture and flavor of the onion rings. I sliced the rings fairly thin, but not so much that they were flimsy. I also wanted to keep the batter pretty simple and light, so that the onion rings had just enough of a wet coating to allow the dry seasoned coating to stick to them prior to baking. I tried a few different baking temperatures but found a higher temperature to work the best, cooking the onion inside, but still keeping it crisp, while creating that perfect outer coating. I used some olive oil spray (which I highly recommend) to lightly coat prior to baking. In the oven they went, and out came the perfect thin and crispy onion rings!
These onion rings were delicious! I devoured the first entire tray of onion rings just standing over the counter. No dipping sauce necessary…they were that flavorful! Thin, crispy, and perfect. The best part was that I didn’t have to watch how many I ate since they were baked with a minimal amount of oil. We enjoyed another batch of these baked seasoned onion rings for dinner that night to go along with my Potato Fritter Sliders. I used leftover Vegan Chipotle Green Onion Aioli as a dipping sauce.
These onion rings make the perfect side or afternoon snack. Even my kids enjoyed them. Keep an eye out for my version of baked vegetable Bhajias. I’m experimenting with the recipe as we speak, so hopefully they turn out just as great!
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