Who doesn't love Bajjis? Especially Chilly Bajji.. I am sure there are many out there who are staunch fan of this fiery hot snack. This snack is simple and easy to make. It is too good on its own. But if you want the extra little something, then I would suggest stuffing it with some salad. The freshness from the salad pairs beautifully with the hot Bajji. I have had these Bajjis in many different ways, with Gongura chutney, green chutney, ketchup, coconut chutney and even stuffed with masalas. The best one is with some fresh indian salad and a nice squeeze of lime. The flavors of raw vegetables in the salad counter balances the heat and heaviness of the fried food.
Preparation time: 15 Minutes
Serves : 2-3 people
Calories: 142 / piece
You will need:
10 Chillies,the large ones (Banana peppers are ideal)
6 tbsp Besan/Chickpea flour/Kadala mavu
4 tbsp Rice flour
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp amchoor powder, optional
1 tsp salt
Oil for deep frying
For the stuffing:
1 small carrot,peeled and shredded
1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped finely
1 tomato, chopped finely
1 onion, chopped finely
few sprigs of coriander leaves, chopped finely
Salt to taste
Chaat masala to taste
Wash the chilly peppers and pat them dry.
Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan for frying.
In a bowl, mix the besan, rice flour, salt, chilly powder and amchoor. Add about 1/4 cup of water and stir well to create a lump free mixture. Add a tbsp or more of water to make the batter similar to that of idly batter consistency.
The oil should be hot but not smoking. Dip a chilly pepper into the batter and drop in the oil gently. Fry till golden brown in med-low heat.
Prepare the salad by mixing all the vegetables together. Add salt, chaat masala as per taste. Squeeze half the lemon and mix well.
Slit the fried bajji in the middle and stuff the salad inside. Squeeze more lemon on top if desired. Enjoy immediately!
If you feel the peppers have got more heat, I'd suggest to remove the seeds in the fried bajjis before stuffing the salad.
Perfect snack for a rainy day ..or anyday :)