Bajji

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A plate of Vazhaikkai/plantain and Vengaya/onion Bajji
Bajjis, that brings life and makes any evening special is one of my favorite coffee or tea time snack. I have lot of memories associated with the Bajjis. MIrchi Bajjis with friends at college. at times with family when Amma made them at home or during the ‘Penn Paarkum Padalam’ of my cousins where it was a custom to serve Kesari & Bhajji. 
Onion bajji is Appa`s favorite, Vazhaikkai bajji is my husband`s and bread bajji is my daughter`s. My all time favorite is Mirchi/ Milagai Bajji.
Usually the name of the vegetable that is deep fried is suffixed with bajji. For example sliced potato wrapped in batter and deep fried is potato bajji similarly onion bajji or Mirchi baji .
Bajji kadai is synonymous with the beaches in Chennai. They are served in a push-cart with some loud film music playing and the bajji comes served in a plate with banana-leaf or a newspaper. There are numerous Bajji stalls elsewhere in the city too. Along with Bajjis other savories like pakoda and bhonda are also sold here. The picture below taken at Yercaud,TN depicts a typical Bajji stall on the road side.




Dallas is experiencing pleasant weather with cool breeze and its nice to have hot bajji with a cup of hot coffee.
Handful of flours and few vegetables of your choice is all that is needed to make these deep fried bajjis. Raw plantain, potato, cauliflower,brinjal, onion, bread are the vegetables used typically. I have also had pineapple, ridge gourd and fish bajji.

Prep Time: 5mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Spice Level: Medium
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Makes: 20 Bajjis



Ingredients:
  1. 15 to 20 sliced vegetables
  2. 1 cup besan/kadalai mavvu/chickpea flour
  3. ½ cup rice flour
  4. ½ cup maida
  5. ¼ cup idli batter
  6. 1½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  7. ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  8. ½ teaspoon baking soda/soda bi carb
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup water
  11. oil for deep frying

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Procedure:
  1. Combine all the flours with rest of the ingredients except the vegetables and oil. Add the water and mix well to form a smooth thick batter. (make sure to have a thick batter, a thin batter will absorb more oil ). 
  2. Heat oil in a deep frying kadai/pan. Dip each slice of vegetable into the batter so that it coats well and place in the hot oil slowly. Reduce heat to medium and deep fry till they turn golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to turn them so that it cooks on both sides. 
  3. Once they turn golden brown, remove them on to absorbent paper. Serve as evening snack with coffee or tea. 
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TIPS: I have used maida in the recipe and its optional. Red chilli powder can be reduced if you like it less spicy. I used a mandolin to slice the vegetables. It has to be a little ticker than slices for chips. 
The left over vegetables and onions can be roughly chopped and mixed with left over batter if any and made as pakodas. 
Serve with coconut chutney or ketchup.
BAJJI MIX: Mix besan/kadalai mavvu/chickpea flour, rice flour, maida, red chilli powder, asafoetida, baking soda/soda bi carb and salt for further use. use the double the quantity given and store in airtight container in a refrigerator for freshness. Add water and idli batter while making the Bajjis. 

24 comments:

  1. Looks delicious ,yummy yum!!
    Following your space since long:-)
    Hope u'll drop by my space n follow it too..
    Erivum Puliyum

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  2. Looks perfect for the cold and windy weather here. S comforting.

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  3. delicious looking bajji addition of idly batter looks wonderful

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  4. Perfect and delicious bajji.. nice clicks too !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  5. Wonderful pictures, feel like grabbing some out of the screen.Bhajji's are my all time favorite snack.

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  6. wow!!wonderful post...bhajji looks yummy! with tea semme combo!

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  7. yes, i really enjoyed tea time with my friends or families nothing can be compare the happy felling and memories :)
    love the phots looks delicious.

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  8. wow very tempting bajjis, pictures are very gorgeous

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  9. Looks so perfect ...wish can grab few :)

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  10. OMG.. super tempting pics! adding idli batter is new to me.. will try this way!
    Serve It - Stir Fried

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    1. its morning here..and i am already craving for this..this is too bad cilantro..Awesome bhajji

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  11. yay! awesome!
    just looking at eat makes me feel hungry!
    thumbs up for this bhaji of yours :)
    take care ya.

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  12. they look very delicious, brings back lots of fond memories for me too :)

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  13. Very appetizing and brings back lots of memories of the beach visit. Wish i could grab all of it. Happy to follow your lovely space.

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  15. This looks like something that would be really fun to make. So, I will give it a try over the next few days for me and my hubby.

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe...

    Grandma Kat
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  16. Super tempting bajji!looks so yummy.

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  17. delicious looking bajjis, perfect combo with a hot cup of madras filter coffee

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  18. I love bajji too. What brand mandolin you have? I am looking to buy one. Appreciate your reply.

    Radha

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    1. Radha,
      I have the `Good Cook` Mandolin that I bought at an outlet store for $6. There are more expensive ones available but this works great for me.

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  19. First time here,what an amazing clicks and wonderful crispy Bajjis looks delicious!

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