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#KaluhisKravings – Lemon Bhajia Masala

The worst emotion that you could ever be at the mercy of is Hangry! Being hungry makes me super irritable. And the absolute worst is being Hangry, being in the hot sun and at the same time thinking about your adulting problems. Hunger just amplifies all those feelings. Suddenly you start thinking about those deadlines that are coming at you like a massive tsunami and bills you need to pay. Suddenly you remember that text that bae selectively chose not to respond to. Hunger can really stir up emotions! But thank God, when we are in need of a quick meal, street food is always there to rescue us!

I was Kraving some bhajia the entire day yesterday, and when the kraving kalls, you have to heed.  I kept you in on my bhajia hunt yesterday afternoon on my Instagram story under the series #KaluhisKravings. Thanks to Safaricom 4G, I was able to document it all without any hitches and with the little airtime I had. After a quick bhajia lunch from Diamond Plaza and my soul literally calmed down. I loved it so much, I decided to give this a #K twist and that led to my spectacular Lemon bhajia Masala.


The bhajia I had yesterday at Diamond plaza were delicious, but I felt the sauce may have been better if it had more defined and deeper flavor. The upgrade of what I had yesterday is based on that.


So lets get right to it!

PREP TIME:               COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES         SERVES: 3


6 potatoes

1/2 a cup of garam flour (chick pea flour)

Finely chopped coriander

8 cloves of garlic

1 sprig of rosemary


For the masala sauce

Finely chopped red onion

Fresh coriander for garnish

2 grated tomatoes

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1/2 a teaspoon of kez organics chili paste

1/2 a teaspoon of cumin

1/2 a teaspoon of paprika

1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper

Salt to taste

1/2 a lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon of soy sauce



In a pan, add your red onion, allow it to cook down until softened. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, the spices, soy sauce and the chili paste and a small bit of hot water and allow this to simmer on low heat for about 5-10 minutes so that all the flavors combine.


It should look like this after it is done. Give it a taste and adjust the spices as you prefer. If you want it to be be really hot, always add more chili paste. I like Kez Organics chili paste since it is really potent and a little goes a long way. You can also use fresh chili and adjust it according to your preference.

Just before switching it off, add some lemon juice and mix it in.



Once done, turn off the heat and get to the bhajia.

Peel your potatoes and put them to boil together with the rosemary and garlic but not all the way through. Most people do not boil their potatoes for the bhajia, but I boil mine since this is how the garlic and rosemary flavor infuse into the potatoes. This would not be possible for raw potatoes. Once done, slice them into 1/4 inch  slices and set aside.

In a container, add your garam flour (chick pea flour), and mix this all up until it has the consistency of thick yogurt. Add the water bit by bit so that you do not make the batter to watery. Remember- bit by bit.  If your batter is too light, it will not stick to the potatoes. Add your finely chopped coriander once the ideal consistency of the batter is attained.


Place your sliced potatoes into the batter and coat them. Heat some vegetable oil and allow them to cook until the exterior is crispy. Once done,allow excess oil to drain then proceed to add them to the masala sauce.



Toss the bhajia in the masala sauce and garnish with some more fresh coriander.


Dig in!!


This is one of the tastiest upgrade you will ever have for our everyday Bhajia! Saucey, spicy, zesty bhajia with deep flavors. You can literally taste everything; note by note- from the chili, to  the zesty lemon to the softness of the fresh cumin. I loved it all!!!

I hope to do more food adventures and I know with Safaricom 4G, that is very much possible! I hope you guys too switched to 4G, so that you can watch my videos stress free under the #KaluhisKravings series without buffering. If not, what are you waiting for?!! I also am so glad it is not as expensive as I though it would be and way more efficient than 3G, so cheers to more Insta Stories!!!


Don’t you just want to have some of this today??! This would be unbelievably delicious with my Triple D drumsticks and some coleslaw. Or some fish fingers together with a mango salad with passion fruit syrup!

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  1. jane

    this looks yummy…cant wait to try

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yesssss!!!! Take pics and tag me on social media as you cook :)) I’d love to see your master piece :))

  2. Maureen

    I have been craving home made Bhajias for a minute! I will try this recipe :)…. I am just salivating lol. Do you have a recipe for poussin chips ? or Masala chips

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will def love this one!!!!! I have a masala chips recipe’ you can retrieve it using the search tab. But I think I will make another one really soon :))

  3. W

    Ok now i miss bhajias…. thanks for sharing! I will try these out later in the week, hoping I can locate the flour in my hood 🙁 Is there an alternative?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Go get the flour in a supermarket. A real supermarket like Nakumatt or tuskys. You will not miss it. Neighbourhood kiosks do not stock it. Just look for garam flour and you will find it :))

  4. Arthur

    I never wake up hungry. As a result, I rarely make breakfast in my house. This just made me starve. I love the colours, and the sauce looks rich too. Can’t wait to try it. #MumeNyumbani. Hehe

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You could have even had these for breakfast LOL!!Perfect breakfast! When you do try this out, take pics and tag me on social media! I would love to see your masterpiece :))

  5. Gunta Amukoye

    I’m going to try this today. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks Kaluhi

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome!!! Let me know how it goes :))

  6. vivian

    Hi Kaluhi

    where did you buy the chick pea flour?
    thank you.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  7. Rose

    Hi Kaluhi. Thanks for posting this recipe! Unfortunately I put too much water in my sauce 🙁 it still tasted great tho. I plan on nailing it next time.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Next time, go easy on the water and get it right 100% :))))

  8. Nanette Gatwiri

    My mouth is drooling. Sad I cant eat since am on a detox for ten days but good idea I can practice being a good wife since my since my significant other loves food!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      And you can also treat yourself to good bhajia some weeks after your detox. You deserve it boo!

  9. Hattie

    Hi Kaluhi,
    Is it a must you use garam flour, will the taste change if i use normal all purpose flour.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      If you do not use garam flour:

      1. Your bhajia will not be yellow, but a pale white color.

      2. It will not taste like the real bhajia because you will have eliminated a very very key ingredient.

      I would advise you to just get garam flour. It is in all supermarkets and is verrrrrry affordable still

  10. Mwende Kiendi

    I am most definitely trying this out sometime next week :)))))). I can’t wait!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Fantastic!!! I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did <3

  11. Ron

    Looks soooooo good!

    *gram flour btw

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you. **garam :))

  12. T

    Can’t wait to try this.
    Where do i get that flour and at how much?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Supermarket. At about 120 bob

  13. Allan

    Did you fry them or pan sear them?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Fried the bhajia then tossed them in the sauce as the post indicates.

  14. Zubeida

    Like how u take ur food to the next level ❤️❤️❤️Need to try this 😋😋

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will love it!!

  15. Carol

    Kaluhi thengiu muno
    Nakulia kwa jiko

    • kaluhiskitchen

      hihihi glad you enjoyed!

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