Clockwise from left: Sag Aloo, Onion Bahjis, Chicken & Chickepea Curry, Naans, Cucumber Raita, Rice.
In a fit of laziness, we bought the rice and naans and just warmed them up. I'm going to let Ana fill you in on the Curry and Sag Aloo (and hopefully, some better pics) at a later date, but Bhajis and (delightfully simple) Raita are below, both from a retro-tastic cookbook I found in a charity shop some years ago, simply titled 'Indian Side Dishes' (and apparently published in 1995, though it looks at least 20 years older).
Blurry Bahjis and curry; Sag Aloo; Raita
2 medium white onions, quartered then sliced
2 tsps plain or gram flour
1 tsp garam masala
Add the flour to a bowl with the spices. Add the egg and stir to a gluey mixture, then add the onions, salt and coriander and stir. Add more flour if the mixture isn't stiff enough - the recipe says to add breadcrumbs but we had none handy...
Heat the oil in a deep pan until fairly hot, then form the mixture into balls with your hands and carefully drop them into the oil. Cook for around 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, then remove and place on some kitchen roll to drain the excess oil.
We could cook around 3 balls at a time, and made 6 in total (of various sizes, but about a handful of mixture each time).
The original recipe was for "Bite-sized Bajees" - curious spelling - and was for 20 nibbles. It also advises that the pan and utensils are properly dried before use, as any contact with water will make the oil spit. Which is good advice and bears repeating. Also, use metal utensils, not plastic ones. Or at least don't leave the plastic ones in the hot oil for any great length of time. Seems obvious, but an old housemate ruined a good slotted spoon that way. Sigh.
Serves... Well we made enough for 3 or 4, really.
But we ate it all (indeed, we ate most of the food we made, which was probably ill-advised).
200ml (a.k.a. one small pot) natural yoghurt
1/3 cucumber, finely chopped
The book did include mint in its list of ingredients, which I would've definitely put in for an even fresher dish, but again, we didn't have any.
Add all the ingredients to a bowl. Stir together.
Told you it was simple.