Saturday, January 14, 2012

Plantain fritters - Vaazhakkai bajji

I hope everyone has a dandy day and I want to wish everyone a Happy Pongal! I saw this recipe for vaazhakkai bajji posted on Tasty Appetite sometime back and the bajjis have been haunting me in my dreams, literally everyday since I saw them. Plaintains are a popular commodity at our home. As a matter of fact, ever since I told my family that I am going to make vaazhakkai bajji (which was about a week ago), every time I go into the kitchen to prepare something, they come into the kitchen and ask longingly whether I'm going to make bajjis. Today, I finally made them and they came out tasting good. Thank you, Jay, for this wonderful recipe.
1 plantain (vazhakkai/vaazhakkai)
1 cup chickpea flour (besan/gram flour)
1 1/2 tbs rice flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp chili powder
A pinch of asafoetida
3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
3/4 cup water
Oil as required to deep-fry

Wash the ash plantain and peel off the skin. Slice them thinly, lengthwise. Prepare the batter by sieving both flour types. Mix. Add the chili powder, baking soda, asafoetida and salt. Mix. Add the water and mix. The batter should have a thick consistency. Heat some oil in a pan at medium heat. Dip the plantain slices in the batter so that all sides have an even coating and drop the them carefully in the hot oil. The oil should be hot, if it is not hot enough it will absorb more oil and the bajjis wont be crispy. Drop them one by one and fry the bajjis on both sides until crispy. Prepare a plate with tissue or absorbent paper and place the fried bajjis on the plate to drain them of excess oil. Serve them crispy as a side-dish or as a snack with chutneys.


Ramya said...

perfect for the evening tea. beautiful presentation. thank for your wishe

Sangeetha M said...

Happy pongal !! Vazhakkai bhaji looks so perfect n tempting,it's without oil n the proportions are perfect.nice clicks!!

easyfoodsmith said...

I have never tried cooking plantain. I guess its time! Your recipe looks delicious.
There is an award waiting to be collected by you at my blog.

Rathai's recipe said...

Ramya, Sangee and Taruna, thank you for always encouraging me girls. :)

Taruna, thank you for the award. I'm really flattered and that too, to be sharing the award with the likes of OnlyFishRecipes, Tasty Appetite, Food Corner etc. who are all my seniors in the blogosphere. Thank you, once again. :)

Mahi said...

இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் ராதை!

பஜ்ஜி அருமையா இருக்கு! :P

Rathai's recipe said...

Thank you and en iniya Pongal nalvaazhthukkal to you too, Mahi. :) Don't ask me to write this in Tamil, as my Tamil is not to die for. :)

Radka said...

Beautiful blog, have a nice day Radka.

Rathai's recipe said...

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment, Radka. :)

Kitchen Simmer said...

Lovely recipe! Wish I could pull one out and eat it. :) Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

mjskit said...

One of my favorite snack is Tostones, a Mexican fried plantain. I'm also a fritter fanatic, so the a plantain fritter is irresistible for me! I would definitely eat a few of these in one sitting! Great pics!