Mirchi Bhajiyas (Without Deep Frying)

Mirchi bhajiyas (Indian fritters with green chilly peppers) is for those who enjoy the spice of green chillies. If you can’t find green chillies, you may use jalapenos instead. These go well as a snack with a hot cup of tea/coffee on a rainy/cold day. You may also serve this as a side dish to rice items during lunch/dinner. 

If you want to enjoy the snack without the additional heat, you may deseed and devein the chillies to reduce the heat.  

Usually, bhajiyas or pakodas are usually dipped in batter and deep fried in oil. My version is made like a chila (pancake). 

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Ingredients:
Big Long Chillies used for Bhajiyas (You can use Jalapenos instead as well): 10
Chickpea Flour (Besan): 3 tablepoons
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Asafoetida (hing): a pinch
Red chilly powder: a pinch
Carom (Ajwain) seeds: a pinch
Salt to taste
Water
Cooking Oil: 3 tablespoons 

Method:

  1. Clean the chillies/jalapenos and remove the external stems.
  2. Wash and at dry the chillies.
  3. Slit them from near the stems till the tip. However, take care that the chilly does not break into pieces.
  4. Make a thick batter in water with the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, asafoetida, carom seeds, and salt. Ensure no lumps are formed.
  5. Add the prepared chillies to the batter.
  6. Heat 1½ tablespoon oil in a wide heavy-bottomed, non-stick pan (preferably one with a lid).
  7. When the oil heats up well, add the batter and chilly mixture to it.
  8. Cook covered on a low heat. Cook on both sides to a nice brown color and till crisp – You can add the remaining 1½ tablespoon oil as required for cooking both sides.
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  10. When cooking the second side, you can make a few holes in the bhajiya or break it into pieces so that it cooks well through and through.
  11. Check if the batter is cooked – when you insert a fork, it should come out clean.
  12. Turn off the heat and rest the covered vessel for a minute or so. Your mirchi bhajiyas are ready without deep frying! J Enjoy with a cuppa piping hot coffee or tea ….

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One Response to “Mirchi Bhajiyas (Without Deep Frying)”

  1. Though I am obsessed with deep frying in these days, your recipe sounds very interesting for me. I will try it today evening!

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