Friday, June 3, 2011

Potato bajji (Urulai kilangu bajji)

Bajji (Tamil) - Vegetable slices coated with spicy gram flour paste and deep fried. (Whereas in hindi , baji means a spicy curry served roti).

We can get this snack in almost all the tea shops of Tamilnadu, India. The valaikkai bajji prepared with unripe banana is more common and claimed as the standard version when served with thick coconut chutney (ketti chutney). But I have seen mom utilizing various vegetables like Potato, onion, cauliflower, unripe plantain (valaikkai), brinjal, unripe tomato, capsicum. Also bajji can be made using boiled egg, fish, bread, appalam (pappad). As it is a simple snack, that can be prepared within 10 minutes, bajji comes handy for me whenever we get surprise visitors, especially during winter evenings.

Memories :I will always remember the 'bajji treat' made by my friend Archana's mom....It was a pleasant surprise for us to see almost all the varieties of bajjis in one place, that too made in front of us , while we were enjoying her tea and waiting to roam(!) around that pool. Thank you Nalini aunty! whenever I make bajji, your treat goes as the main topic in our home :).

Urulai kilangu bajji served with tomato ketchup.
Ingredients (for 10 pieces) :
Potato (big and round) - 1
Besan flour (kadalai mavu) - 3/4 cup
dosa batter - 1/4 cup
(or) rice flour - 2 tbsp
salt - to taste
red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
hing (asafoetida)- 1/8 tsp
baking soda - 1/10 tsp
garlic - 2 pieces (finely ground)
red food color - a pinch (optional)
oil - to deep fry (200 ml)

Wash the potato, scrub and remove the skin. Slice it into thin (2mm approx) round pieces, using a knife and cutting board. Don't use a chips maker, if it has nonadjustable blades. We may need the slices to be more thick than the potato chips.

Mix all the above with 1/4 cup water to a thick batter. Add more water if needed, but keep the batter like idly batter ,otherwise the bajjis will absorb more oil.

Heat oil in a wok. As it gets smoky hot, reduce flame and keep in medium flame.

Dip the potato slices in the batter and put it on the hot oil. Flip and fry both sides. Drain oil and take out.

Potato bajji is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot as snack along with hot coffee or tea during rainy / winter season.
Coconut chutney or tomato ketchup are good side dishes for these fries.


Suja Manoj said...

Perfect tea time snack..looks tempting dear..

Sunanda said...

Bajji looks crispy and yummy..will make a gr8 combo with evening tea..

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Reva said...

Awesome bhajji..:) Love this with hot steaming tea.... always a treat..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Lovely looking bhaji dear. Very crispy and yummy.

Hamaree Rasoi

chef and her kitchen said...

Its raining outside and wat I want is a plate of hot bajjis with steaming hot chai

பாரதசாரி said...

wow it's my favoruite..I am able to dthat here but only problem is I am not able to slice it to about 2mm :-(

Priya Suresh said...

My fav bajji, feel like finishing that whole plate..

divya said...

Yummy and delicious recipe.. looks gr8 !!

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowww... yummy and perfect bajji.. looks awesome !!
Indian Cuisine

chef and her kitchen said...

perfect bajjis look delicious..

seylani said...

Vazhzikkai bajji is my favorite. This one is interesting. Should try this. thanks for the recipe!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Yummy tea time snack! Looks fantastic!

Suman Singh said...

My mouth is watering just looking at pics..bhajji looks so crispy, perfect and tempting!

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yummy looking bajji for snacks
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Divya A said...

Wow, I just had an idea of posting potato baji on my blog.... Very nice recipe. Looks great...

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks Divya. I am glad that u are gonna try this. My favorite too:)

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