Saturday, October 24, 2015

Vazhakkai Bajji

BM # 57
Week : 4 , Day: 3
Theme: Book Marked Recipes
Tamil Spread

We are a great fan of pakoras, but since they are deep fried we hardly make them. The air fryer surely is a boon, because one can make these in them. The pakoras that we make are normally with chick pea flour, but the South Indian version also has some. rice flour , and are called Bhajji. I had never made or tasted a banana bhajji , I wondered how the family would react to these ,as these were totally new .

Anyway since these were a part of the Tamil Spread I was not really worried, as everyone had many dishes to eat. All the same everyone ate these and quite liked them, they were a nice change from the normal pakoras that I make. These were nice and crisp, I guess the rice flour does the trick.

Vazhakkai Bajji

2 raw green plantains, peeled and sliced
1/ 2 cup gram flour
1 tsp rice flour
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch asafoetida
1/2 tsp ghee
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Combine all ingredients for batter in a bowl.
Gradually add water and make a smooth, thick batter of pouring consistency.
Heat oil to a smoking point.
Lower the heat to moderate .
Dip the banana slices in the batter and slide them into the oil.
Fry the Bajjis till golden, adjusting the flame .

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  1. These bhajjis make me very nostalgic about my time in Chennai where we used to have it regularly. Yours looks wonderful

  2. WIsh i get this bajji rite now, love it to the core when they are served with spicy coconut chutney,mouthwatering here.

  3. These are yummy, Vaishali. I too love them though I deep fry rarely.

  4. I used to like these as a child but aversion to deep fried foods is a reason I don't make these anymore. Air fryer seems like a really nice alternative. They look delicious.

  5. LOVE banana bajji, A must for any festival or special occasion. You are tempting me to try them some time soon.

  6. lovely bajjis......crisp and tasty.

  7. I love these bhajis from street side stalls. Love the spread and now that the weather is cooling down, I would love to make some at home :)

  8. My husband has many fond memories related to these bajjis and he loves these. The food on plantain leaves taste the best!

  9. anything with plantains makes me an instant fan

  10. Plantai bhajji looks delicious.I have some plantain that needs to be used.Gonna try it .