Mirchi Bajji

Mirchi bajji is a popular street side snack mostly found in the streets of south india or andhra regions. The mirapakaya bajji is an all time favorite evening snack and can be served with chutneys. In this traditional mirchi bajji recipe, green chillis are stuffed with filling prepared with roasted peanuts, coconut and few other spices to give it a unique taste which compliments the hotness of the mirchi.

Ingredients:

6 long Green Chillies
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Gram Flour (besan flour)
1/4 cup Rice Flour
A pinch of Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
For Stuffing:
2 tablespoons Chana Dal (Roasted Gram Dal or Daliya Dal)
1/2 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
2 tablespoons dried Coconut Powder
1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice or Tamarind Juice
1/4 teaspoon Carom Seeds (vaamu/ajwain)
1/2 cup Water
Oil, for deep frying
Salt to taste

 

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Instructions

Step 1(Boil, slit and deseed the chillies):

  • In a vessel, add some water to boil, add green chillies and blanch them in water for about a minute.
  • Doing so takes away the hot and spiciness of the chillies and the bajji can be eaten along with the chilli.
  • After boiling slit the chilli vertically leaving the corner edges of the chilli.
  • Do not slit the entire chilli, just slit vertically the centre part of the chilli.
  • Remove the seeds from the chilli completely.

Step 2(Stuffing):

  • In a bowl, add tamarind paste, salt as per taste, roasted cumin seeds powder, chaat masala powder and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Take each chilli and stuff this paste into all the chillies and put them aside.

Step 3(Making the batter):

  • In a bowl, add besan, rice flour, salt, baking soda, ajwain and mix all these.
  • Into it add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, roasted coriander seeds powder, ginger garlic paste, oil and mix it well.
  • Add water and make a batter with a consistency neither too thick nor too liquid.
  • The batter should be mixed well without any lumps in it.

Step 4(Dipping and deep frying):

  • Heat oil in a wok for deep frying.
  • Take each stuffed chilli, dip the stuffed chilli into the batter.
  • Take the dipped chilli and drop it in oil.
  • Similarly dip and drop the rest of the chillies too.
  • Fry them on low to medium flame until they turn golden brown on all sides.
  • Take them out on an absorbent paper.

Garnishing:

  • Take each fried chilli bajji, take a knife and give a small slit to the fried chilli.
  • Stuff the slit part with very finely chopped onions and coriander leaves.
  • Similarly garnish the rest of the fried chillies.
  • Sprinkle chaat masala powder generously all over the mirchi bajji.
  • Finally, serve them hot with any chutney!!!

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