Friday, June 11, 2010

Vazhaikkai Bajji- Plantain fritters



Having told you earlier how my aunt is 'bajji paati' to my daughter and nephews, I should confess that her husband was an expert at bajjis. He was a Forest officer, who had trained in The Forestry Institute in Dehra Dun. They had to cook in camps and thus he mastered many dishes. His Vegetable biriyani is yet another masterpiece. He taught me that cutting onions with the skin on keeps the rounds from breaking for salads and bajjis. He was posted in Salem during my college days and whenever I visited them, he would treat me with one of his famous recipes.
This is an easy recipe that makes use of left over idli/dosa batter.
Though I have made them with plantains, you may use sliced potatoes, onions or brinjals for the bajji.
If you have ¼ cup of left over batter, add to it rice flour and gram flour and make these.
Given below is for about 8 big bajjis. Served hot with coconut chutney, they make an excellent tea-time snack.
Ingredients:
1 firm raw plantain, peeled and sliced
¼ cup of left over idli /dosa batter
3 tablespoons rice flour
3 tablespoons gram flour
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 pinch of sodium bi carbonate
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder
Oil for deep frying
Rest the sliced plantain in cold water.
Mix the dry ingredients to the batter to a lump free batter. Add water and mix thoroughly to a batter that will match idli batter consistency.
Heat oil in a pan. When the oil has reached optimum temperature, remove the plantain from the water, dip it in the batter to coat on all sides and gently slide in the oil. Repeat with a few more, as many as will float free in the oil and cook.
Turn the bajjis over twice and allow to fry until golden brown. Remove with a slotted ladle and turn them on to a colander.

Repeat with the rest of the raw plantains in the water.
Serve hot with coconut chutney.

12 comments:

  1. Bajji saapita naal achu, plantain fritters are my all time fav, i prefer this bajjis than with potatoes..

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  2. OOH! So yummy. Don't tempt me to fry again lata!! looks so good!:)

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  3. My fav snack.. looks awesome.. :)

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  4. Adding dosa batter to bajji is new to me. Wonderful post

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  5. Yesterday only we all had these ;)
    Ah,I wish ur forest officer uncle still in salem,that i can visit him when I visit my parents :) Cool!

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  6. Perfect for the climate here.. With a cup of hot tea.

    Presume, you have posted this from drafts. Ippavum diet thaane ?

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  7. That's a good idea using the dosa batter to make the fritters.

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  8. adding dosa batter in bajji is a nice idea and new to me.btw, baji ungalluku pathiayathula allowed a madam?
    just kidding. pictures are inviting

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  9. Oh it looks simply great lataji..

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  10. vazhaikai bajji is my hot favourite and mouth watering.

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  11. bajjis with idli batter.... very different.. i use kadalai maavu.. so tempting....

    www.shalinivenkatesh.com

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  12. Lovely vazhakai bajji. Absolutely irresistible.

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