Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mirchi Bajji


Mirchi Bajji/Mulaku Bajji/Mulaka bajji/Mirappa bajji/Menshinkaya bajji/Chilli bajji....whatever you call it is definitely the queen of bajjis,fritters, and are quite common as an evening snack in the North and South of India alike...Hot tea and a few chilli bajjis...especially during the rainy a treat!!This was one welcome snack in our hostel menu at B'lore often,and back in chittoor we used to get it from a street vendor....fresh and hot!!Absolutely gorgeous!I was just thinking of our friend Richard...... he would have had his worst shock, had I served him Chilli bajji!!But Chillis for making Bajji is generally not hot....any green pepper that is very mild is used...I used the banana peppers available here...though it was slightly hot,we enjoyed it!Mirchi Bajji can also be eaten as a side dish for some of the South Indian rice dishes like
  • lemon rice
  • I made a few bajji's stuffed with mashed potato and tamarind paste for an extra twist... and few just ordinary chilli bajjis.Here's my Mirchi Bajji recipe:

    Green Banana peppers-10
    Potato-1 large-cooked-mashed(for stuffed bajjis)
    Tamarind paste-1/2 tsp(for stuffed bajjis)
    Chickpea flour-100g
    Rice flour-1tbsp
    ginger paste- 1tsp
    Asafoetida powder- 1 pinch
    Cumin powder-1tsp
    Red chilli powder-1 tsp
    Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
    Salt-as required
    water-as required
    Oil-for deep frying
    Method: Make a thick batter mixing chickpea fower,rice flour,asafoetida powder,cumin powder,red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt in water.

    Slit the chillies with its tail end intact.Scoop out the seeds inside.If you dont want stuffed bajjis you can straight away coat the chillis with the batter and deep fry it till golden in the hot oil.For making stuffed bajjis, mix together mashed potato and tamarind paste with a little salt well.Fill this inside each Chilli.Close it well.Dip it in the batter and deep fry it in the oil. Enjoy hot Chilli Bajji with your favourite sauce or just like that with a cup of hot tea!!


    Annita said...

    Wow..looks delicious..Are those chillies really too hot..Or some mild variety?I can't wait to try it..We are all chilly loveres here..
    And BTW,I'm try your pidi recipe..Its getting cooked in the stove..Will let u know the result..And hey,i've to run..otherwise it can cause accidents...haha...And thanks for all these wonderful posting indiandoc..I always wonder how do u manage ur time-sheet..And ur husband is really lucky to have u...

    Shaheen said...

    I have tagged you for a meme. Please check it out.

    Sumitha said...

    Richard....ha ha,i am sure he will shudder even with the mention of this bajji:)The pics look so tempting!Cant wait to have some!

    KrishnaArjuna said...

    Shynee, mirchi bajji my all time fav snack. They do taste better when you buy them from the street vendor, don't they? Interesting stuffing!

    Inji Pennu said...

    Perfect!Perfect! I was looking for a recipe to stuff my banana peppers!

    Tanuja said...

    wow yummy mirchi bajji :) I have to run to my kitchen right now:))

    Priya Bhaskaran said...

    Shynee, I just made Mirchi Bajji with stuffed potatoes and I see Bajji's recipe here.... My husband was complaining that I made hot bajji's on a hot day- the weather was 94F yesterday:(

    archana said...

    Right on time, we get plenty of banana peppers in the market now. Thank you for the recipe Shynee.

    RP said...

    I am hungry...for mirchi bajji now. Adding banana peppers to the shopping list. By the way, I tried your carrot halwa. It came out great. I did it on the stovetop instead of microwave. I have a picture of it, I will post it soon.

    indianadoc said...

    >Thanx Annita for those kind words...these are milder chillies and that too deseeded....I know u wd have definitely made wonderful 'Pidi'...Blogging hs started eating off a lot of my time...I shd show u'r comment to my husband!!
    >thanx shaheen for tagging me...hopefuly i shall write abt it soon...
    >Sumi...I know for u it is a matter of few minutes with all the recipes that u r churning out!!
    >Yes,KA...definitely...street vendors add a tasty twist to all their products!!
    >thanx LG....stufffing does add a good twist to the bajjis...
    >Tanuja...I know u wd definitely give a telugu twist to the bajjis...mee telugu vanta super!!
    >Hahaha!!Priya do post u'r recipe pl...You know there is a saying in Malayalam which says,'Ushnam ushnena Shanthi' can tell this to u'r husband to justify u'r bajjis!!
    > do make the bajjis and snaps please........
    >Thanx do make the chilli bajji...happy to know that u'r gaajar halwa ws great...waiting for u'r post...