Monday, May 10, 2010

Raw banana bhajji(balekai bajji/valekai bajji)

Bhajjis are deep fried snacks, often served at tea time in south India. Many vegetables of choice like potatoes. onions, brinjal, raw banana etc are dipped in a batter and then deep fried. The batter is usually made of gram flour or besan. Tastes best when served with spicy chutney. I just love to have them in raining season. I would be sending this to GREEN GOURMET event conducted by Preeti Kashyap from write food.
Here is the recipe...

Raw banana - 2 nos
Gram flour - 1 cup
chilly powder - 1 tbsp
ginger- garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
salt for taste
sparkling water for making batter
oil for deep frying

Scrape outer skin of banana and slice it finely. Place this in a salt water. Mix gram flour, chilly powder, ginger-garlic paste,salt and just enough sparkling water to make a thick batter (don't make it of pouring consistency, make slightly thick as the raw bananas will leave some water). Dip the sliced raw bananas and deep fry in hot oil. When its done, place on kitchen tissue to absorb excess oil. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Sparkling water gives a nice puff to the bhajjis and keeps it crisp.


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