Mirchi Bajji Recipe | Mirchi Pakora Recipe

making mirchi bajji recipe

mirchi bajji recipe | mirchi pakora recipe | green chili fritters recipe

The month of May is here already and the summers are at their peak in India. Every one across the country is praying for the monsoon to arrive soon as they fan themselves to get some respite from the sweltering heat. The Indian cuisine has a lot to do with the seasons and the same goes for the monsoons too. The rainy months are incomplete without the characteristic foods and snacks that we love to relish during the time.

The notion of the aroma of fried snacks lingering around the house as the raindrops splatter against windows, lightning illuminates the skies and the sounds of thunder fill the air is fascinating. Of all the snack items for tea time, the fritters are major the favorites. Fritters are known as bhaji, bajji or pakora in the local languages. Check out Onion bhaji, chana dal vada for more fritters recipes.

Today it’s all about the hot and zesty mirchi pakora (मिर्ची पकोड़ा) or mirchi bajji (मिर्ची बज्जी). They are also known as mirchi bhaji (मिर्ची भजी) in Marathi and hari mirch ke pakode (हरी मिर्च के पकोड़े) in Hindi. These are green chili fritters that are seasoned with salt and dried mango powder and batter-fried until crispy. These are the kind of things you enjoy even though they could make your eyes water and ears go numb! However, like every recipe, this one can be tweaked to suit your tolerance to hotness. It largely depends on the kind of chilies you chose and whether or not you deseed them.

choosing the chilies for mirchi bajji

Banana peppers are the ideal choice for the recipe of mirchi bajji. These chilies are moderately hot and you can get rid of the seeds if you want to further lower the heat. I let the seeds be because I like my mirchi bajji hot. Banana peppers are bigger than the regular green chilies. They are also lighter in color. Tell your vegetable vendor that you want chilies to make mirchi bajji and they will gladly help you chose the right chilies.

how to get crispy mirchi bajji

The key to crispy mirchi bajji is getting the batter right and frying them twice. Adding cornstarch to the besan batter helps achieve the desired crispiness. When fried only once, the bajji often turn out soggy. Frying them the second time helps get rid of the moisture that the chilies release after first frying.

Now let’s see how to make mirchi bajji recipe.

how to make mirchi bajji recipe

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Mirchi bajji recipe - crispy, batter-fried green chilies pakoras. They are hot with a hint of sour, garnished with onions, roasted groundnuts & dried mango powder – a perfect evening snack for the rainy season.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
To Prepare the Green Chilies
  • Green chilies – 16, big & medium hot variety
  • Salt – ½ tbsp
  • Amchur/Dried mango powder – 1 tbsp
For the Batter
  • Besan/Chickpea flour – 1 & ½ cup
  • Cornstarch – 6 tbsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp
  • Baking soda – ⅛ tsp
  • Oil – for deep-frying
For the garnish
  • Onion - 1 large, finely chopped
  • Cilantro – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Groundnuts – 2 tbsp, roasted & coarsely ground
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp or to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Amchur/Dried mango powder – to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry the green chilies. In a bowl, combine salt and amchur/dried mango powder.
  2. Slit the chilies on one side so that you can see its cavity.
  3. Generously sprinkle the salt and amchur/dried mango powder mixture on the inside of the chilies. De-seed the chilies if you prefer mildly hot bajji. Cover and let the chilies rest in the fridge for an hour or two.
  4. Towards the end of the resting time, prepare the garnishes for the bajji. In one bowl, combine the onion, coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt. In another bowl, combine the roasted and coarsely ground groundnuts, red chili powder, and salt.
  5. Give both the garnishes a good mix. Also, keep the amchur/dried mango powder at hand in another bowl.
  6. To make the batter for mirchi bajji, combine besan/chickpea flour, cornstarch, red chili, turmeric powder, carom seeds/ajwain, salt, and baking soda.
  7. Mix the dry ingredients first. Then gradually add 1 cup of water to the mixture as you stir it constantly to make a smooth batter.
  8. When the chilies have rested, heat the oil in a skillet to about 170°C to fry the mirchi bajji in. Dip the chilies one by one in the batter to coat them completely.
  9. Carefully drop the mirchi bajji in hot oil. Fry in batches depending on the size of your skillet. When the underside of the bajji sets, flip them. Fry them just till the coating of the batter sets.
  10. Remove the mirchi bajji on a kitchen towel. Fry the remaining bajji the same way.
  11. When the bajji have cooled down, heat the oil back to 170°C and fry the bajji for the second time. Flip them often for an even frying. Fry them till they are crunchy and lightly browned.
  12. Drain the bajji and remove them onto a kitchen towel. Let them cool a bit.
  13. When you are comfortable handling the hot bajji, slit them once again on one side to create a cavity.
  14. Lightly fill the bajji with some onion garnish. Sprinkle the bajji with groundnut garnish and some amchur/dried mango powder.
  15. Mirchi bajji recipe is ready. Serve the mirchi bajji hot with imli chutney/sweet tamarind dip. Enjoy!

mirchi bajji recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Wash and pat dry the 16 green chilies that are big and medium hot variety. In a bowl, combine ½ tbsp salt and 1 tbsp amchur/dried mango powder.

washed green chilies and salt and amchur (dried mango powder)


Step 2

Slit the chilies on one side so that you can see its cavity.

slit the chilies on the side


Step 3

sprinkle the salt and amchur/dried mango powder mixture on the inside of the chilies. De-seed the chilies if you prefer mildly hot bajji. Cover and let the chilies rest in the fridge for an hour or two.

apply amchur and salt on the inside of de-seeded chilies and rest the chilies for an hour or two in a refrigerator


Step 4

Towards the end of the resting time, prepare the garnishes for the bajji. In one bowl, combine 1 large onion finely chopped, 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice 1 tsp or to taste, and salt to taste. In another bowl, combine the 2 tbsp of roasted and coarsely ground groundnuts, red chili powder ½ tsp or to taste, and salt to taste.

Ingredients for garnishing the green chili fritters


Step 5

Give both the garnishes a good mix. Also, keep the amchur/dried mango powder at hand in another bowl.

garnishes for mirchi bajji, peanuts garnish, onion garnish and amchur


Step 6

Here are the rest of the ingredients for the mirchi bajji recipe. To make the batter for mirchi bajji, you will need 1 & ½ cup besan/chickpea flour, 6 tbsp cornstarch, ½ tsp red chili, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp carom seeds/ajwain, salt to taste, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and 1 cup of water.

ingredients for mirchi bajji batter


Step 7

Mix all the dry ingredients first.

mixing the dry ingredients for mirchi bajji batter


Step 8

Then gradually add 1 cup of water to the mixture as you stir it constantly to make a smooth batter.

gradually adding 1 cup of water to dry mixture for the mirchi bajji batter


Step 9

When the chilies have rested, heat the oil in a skillet to about 170°C to fry the mirchi bajji in. Dip the chilies one by one in the batter to coat them completely.

dipping and coating the green chili in batter


Step 10

Carefully drop the mirchi bajji in hot oil. Fry in batches depending on the size of your skillet. When the underside of the bajji sets, flip them. Fry them just till the coating of the batter sets.

frying the batter coated green chilies


Step 11

Remove the mirchi bajji on a kitchen towel.

mirchi bajji on kitchen towel


Step 12

When the bajji have cooled down, heat the oil back to 170°C and fry the bajji for the second time. Flip them often for an even frying. Fry them till they are crunchy and lightly browned. Fry the remaining bajji the same way.

re-frying the mirchi bajji to a crunchy texture


Step 13

Drain the bajji and remove them onto a kitchen towel. Let them cool a bit.

removing the refried mirchi bajji on kitchen towel


Step 14

When you are comfortable handling the hot bajji, slit them once again on one side to create a cavity.

slitting the mirchi bajji on sides


Step 15

Lightly fill the bajji with some onion garnish. Sprinkle the bajji with groundnut garnish and some amchur/dried mango powder.

lightly fill the slits with onion garnish and sprinkle the groundnut garnish and amchur


Step 16

Mirchi bajji recipe is ready. Serve hot with imli chutney/sweet tamarind dip. Enjoy!

mirchi bajji recipe | green chili fritters recipe is ready

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Akash Majethia
    July 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    omg! ur mirchi bhaji is just like how street side places make it.. incredibly delicious n mouthwaterin..

  • Reply
    Shreya Kumar
    August 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    mouthwatering bajjis… wish i cud download them 😀

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Haha! I get the same feeling when I see yummy food online. 😀

  • Reply
    Naresh Gupta
    August 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    your mirchi bajjis look EPIC! what an amazing idea to stuff them up with onions n peanuts…

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you, Naresh. I am so happy you found it interesting. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    oooooohh spicy!!!! i know its chilli but the end product looks so delicious!

  • Reply
    Roopali shahane
    September 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Superb. Muuuuuuuahh.. I am getting tingling sensation on my tongue looking at the pics and imagining the recipe!!!??????????

  • Reply
    Rani zalpuri
    September 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Dey luk justtttt perfect…. So crispy n tempting ,?????❤️

  • Reply
    Srividya Pillai
    November 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    these look so good! want to dig right in!

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