Mirchi bajji is a delightful evening snack that goes so well with tea. I had it for the first time on the streets of Hyderabad and fell in love with it. My mil who does not eat street food shared this recipe with me which the entire family enjoys. With a tangy sesame seed filling, this is delicious and very filling. It is simple to make as well and goes beautifully with the current monsoon season.
Here is my recipe of mirchi bajji:
8 light green chillies (not too spicy variety)
For the stuffing:
1/2 cup sesame seeds toasted
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
2 tbsp. tamarind paste
salt to taste
For the batter:
5 tbsp. besan or gram flour
2 tbsp. rice flour
1/2 tsp. carrom seeds
salt to taste
2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. oil
Oil for deep frying (I prefer mustard oil)
Wash, dry, slit the chillies and deseed them. Keep them aside.
Prepare the stuffing now. Blend together toasted sesame seeds along with the other ingredients and make a thick paste. Now stuff the chillies with this paste. This paste must not be runny but reasonably thick.
Prepare the batter by mixing all the dry ingredients, adding a little water and making a thick batter that is fluffy yet thick. We don’t wan the batter to be very runny. It should coat the mirchi bajjis nicely.
Now heat oil till it is hot. Coat your stuffed chillies in the besan batter. Fry them till golden brown on both sides. Serve them hot with sliced onions and a chutney on the side. They are really delicious. Try them and let me know.
Here is the video recipe to show you how to make mirchi bhajiyas Andhra style.
- Rice flour helps in making the mirchi bajjis crisp.
- Beat the batter to aerate it and make it fluffy.
- You can use toasted peanuts instead of sesame seeds for another variation