Mirchi Bhaji (Green Chilly Fritters)

chile-verde-25761282883202b2qsHere comes mouth watering hot snack which is very popular and liked by all category of people. Basically, mirchi bhaji is a combination of two hindi words. Green chilly is known as Mirchi (actually it is hari mirch) and fritter is know as bhaji in Hindi (Indian national language). Mirchi bhaji is a well known street side food in all most all southern states of India. Mirchi bhaji is a hot and spicy tea time snack, the ingredients of which are green chillies and gram flour. This dish is prepared in different ways in different regions of India. I am preparing this dish using little bit spices which are good for health and enhance the taste of mirchi bhaji. I saw my uncle preparing this dish, I learnt it from him. You have to choose green chillies very carefully. They should be light green in colour and little bit thick in dimension and of course should be fresh. You will be happy to know that it consumes very less time for preparation and is very easy to prepare. Let’s see how to prepare hot and spicy mirchi bhaji.  

 INGREDIENTS

  • Green chilly – 10
  • Gram flour/Besan – 1 cup (around 50 grams)
  • Rice flour – 1 Tea spoon
  • Salt – 1/2 Tea spoon (according to your taste)
  • Cooking soda – 1 pinch
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain – 1/2 Tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1/2 Tea spoon
  • Cooking oil – 150 ml ( or according to the requirement )

INGREDIENTS FOR STUFFING

  • Coriander seeds – 1 Tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 Tea spoon
  • Sesame seeds/Til – 2 Tea spoon
  • Lemon juice  – 1/2 Tea spoon
  • Salt – 1/4 Tea spoon (you can very the measurement accordingly)

PREPARATION

  • Wash and clean green chillies in plain cold water. Do not remove stalks of green chillies.
  • Take one chilli in hand and make a long and narrow cut with the help of a knife leaving a little space at end. Repeat the same process for all green chillies. Keep them in a plate.
  • Now let’s prepare stuffing. Place a small frying pan on medium flame, pour coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Roast them for a minute or two. Little roasting is enough for this dish. Take it out and pour it in a plate. Place the same pan on heat again, pour sesame seeds to it and roast it until sesame seeds start spluttering.
  • Grind all the three roasted ingredients to a fine powder. Pour the powder to a bowl. Add salt and lemon juice to it and mix it well.
  • Take one slitted green chilli in one hand, take little quantity of stuffing masala in another hand and fill it inside slitted chilly  all over. Repeat the same procedure for remaining chillies and keep all of them in a plate.
  • Take a wide bottomed bowl. Pour cleaned gram flour, rice flour, salt, carom seeds, cumin seeds and cooking soda to the bowl and toss them well. Heat one tea spoon of oil and pour it all over the dry flour. Mix it with the help of a spoon, please do not use hands to mix as heated oil may harm your fingers.
  • Take 1/2 cup of water and start adding water slowly to the flour. While adding the water, you have to mix it slowly and continuously with fingers or you can use spoon. Consistency of the batter should be thick and there should not be any lumps in batter. Allow it to set until oil gets heated.
  • Place a frying pan on medium heat and pour oil in it. Once oil gets heated, take stuffed green chilly and dip it in batter and drop it slowly in heated oil one by one. Fry them until they get golden brown colour and crisp. You can fry 3-4 marches at a time.
  • Take a Flat plate and spread tissue paper over it. Take out mirchi bhajis from oil and keep them on tissue paper so that extra oil will be absorbed by the paper.
  • Repeat the same process for remaining stuff. You can serve it as tea time snacks in the evening or you can serve it as side dish with any main course or else any time whenever you want to have it.
  • Isn’t it easy!
  • Enjoy cooking.

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