Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spicy Treats- Mirchi Bajjis

My 4 yr old’s teacher grew an abundance of yummy banana peppers in her backyard this summer. Being the wonderful lady that she is, she sent some over for our family to enjoy. The only thing that popped to my mind the minute I saw them was of course- Mirchi bajjis.

I immediately set out preparing these delicious fritters. Mirchi bajjis in India are way spicier than the ones I made today and there are different variations. They are mostly sold on busy street corners. Mom used to make these especially on rainy evenings with chai.

I made the milder version with these mild, delicate yet flavorful banana peppers. Even the kids loved them. Thanks Ms.K for making my day!

And what a way to start my blog - with a ‘spicy’ treat sold in busy gallis (alleys)… Get it??? Spice…Alley??? Lame I know! never mind, here’s the recipe.

1. 10 Banana Peppers

2. 1 cup Besan (gram flour)

3. 2 heaping tsp rice flour

4. 1 tsp ajwain or crushed cumin

5. ½ tsp turmeric

6. ¼ tsp chili powder

7. Salt to taste

8. A pinch of asafoetida (optional)

9. 2 tbsp of hot oil

10. Oil for frying

Heat oil. Mix ingredients 2 through 9 in a bowl.

Add water to make a smooth thick batter.

Dip each pepper into the batter and make sure to coat it well.

Gently drop it into the hot oil and fry till golden brown, about 7-8 minutes.

Drain on paper towels. Spicy mirchi bajjis are ready! Enjoy with a cup of tea!


  1. Hi Cherry,

    Very very tempting. The moment I saw the pics, I asked my wife, ie your mom to make some Indian Bajjis & immediately as she saw the photographs, she ran into the kitchen to make Indian Bajjis. At the moment, we are enjoying this delicacy of Indian cuisine.

    Thanks for your tempting... yummy... BAJJIS.

  2. Hi Charitha,

    Today being a rainy day here in Atlanta and the beautiful pictures of the Mirchi Bajji's from the blog tempted me to make Bajji's at home.

    Great Blog Charitha! The pictures were awesome!

    Enjoy cooking!


  3. Charitha,
    They look very nice. Would you change any of these for other types of peppers?

  4. Thanks All:)
    Veera these other peppers will work well for bajjis- Anaheim, jalapenos, finger hots, korean peppers, but they have varied heat levels and will be way more spicy than the sweet banana peppers.

  5. Congratulations, Chari. What a wonderful start to your blog! Can't wait to read more.

  6. ah vad,congrats.bajjis luk so yummy.. so wats next?