Mirchi Bajji are South Indian style street food especially popular in Andhra and Karnataka. These are made with light green big chillies which are mild flavoured, stuffed and deep fried in a batter of spiced chickpea flour. These are a very popular tea time snack.
They are also knows as Mirapakaya bajji or Milagi bajji. I have shared both deep fried and Air fryer recipes here. The Air fryer one needs just a light brushing of oil and some in the batter.
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. The recipe I have shared is given to me by my mother-in-law. I found it a nice change as compared to the regular potato filling. With a tangy sesame seed filling, this is delicious and very filling. It is simple to make as well and goes beautifully in the rains with tea.
Tips for Making Crispy Mirchi Bajji
1. Batter: Always make the batter moderately thick and airy. Do not make it runny or it will not adhere to the chilli properly. Using rice flour in the batter helps in making the bajjis crispy.
2. Fresh chillies: Use fresh light green chillies. In case, you can’t find these any large non-spicy chillies work.
3. Deep frying: Make sure the oil is adequately hot before you put the chillies for frying. Test the oil temperature by dropping a drop of batter in it. It should bubble and rise to the top.
4. Air frying: Use a parchment paper to line the Air fryer basket. Pre heat the basket. Just dip the chillies in the batter and put on the parchment paper. Air fry first at the lower temperature to cook the batter and chillies. Don’t touch or turn the chillies. Turn only when you raise the temperature to get them browned. You can then brush them lightly with oil.
Here is the Stuffed Green Chilli Recipe:
Mirchi bajji Recipe
- 8 light green chillies not too spicy variety
For the stuffing:
- ½ cup sesame seeds toasted
- 1 tsp. coriander powder
- 1 tsp. cumin powder
- 2 tbsp. tamarind paste
- salt to taste
For the batter:
- 5 tbsp. chickpea flour or besan
- 2 tbsp. rice flour
- ½ tsp. carrom seeds
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
- ½ tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. oil
- 1 tsp. oil for brushing or Oil for deep frying
- 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.
- 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 moderately thick. It should coat the mirchi bajjis nicely.
For Deep Frying
- Heat oil in a kadhai or wok.
- Check that it is adequately hot by putting in a drop of batter which should rise up easily and bubble.
- Now put in the bajjis one by one without crowding them. Cook them on both sides till well browned and done.
- Serve them hot with sliced onions and a chutney on the side. They are really delicious.
For Air frying
- Preheat Air fryer at 180 C or 360 F for 5 minutes. Line the basket with parchment paper.
- Dip each stuffed chilli in the batter so that it coats the chilli nicely. Place them on the parchment paper. Air fry at 360 F for about 10 minutes.
- By now the chilli will be cooked inside and the batter would have set. Gently lift them and turn them. Lightly brush with oil and Air fry at 200 C or 390 F for 4 minutes to get a darker colour. Your mirchi bajji is cooked. Serve hot.
This is a delicious tea time snack that is made healthier by making in Air fryer. Try the version you like and enjoy mirchi bajji with your family.
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