Vaazhaikai Bajji (Plantain Bajji)
When it comes to snacks that can go as favourite snack during tea time, definitely Bajji comes to our mind. Of all Bajji types, Banana or plantain Bajji is evergreen traditional signature recipe among south Indians. The crispiness of fried batter and the fried vegetables inside definitely gives heavenly taste. That too I always prefer to eat hot sipping with a cup of Tea. If you ask me the best side dish for Bajji, I would say the famous " white chutney aka coconut chutney". Nom Nom !!! Unfortunately I dint prepare chutney as I had Bajji with Tea. But that as well sounds delicious. :)
The recipe I have given is the basic for raw banana bajji, but you can follow the same steps and try with different veggies such as Chow chow, Cauliflower, brinjal, potato and onion.
Vazhaikai / raw banana / Plantain - 1 big
Kadala Maavu / Besan flour -3/4 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 3/4 tsp (Optional)
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Omam or Ajwain - 1/4 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 pinch
Salt - as needed
Oil for deep frying
Wash and peel the skin of Raw banana. Slice it lengthwise into thin pieces. Keep it immersed in water till you use to prevent discolouration.
In a wide pan, add besan flour, rice flour, corn flour, ginger garlic paste, ajwain, hing and a pinch of baking soda. Dont add too much baking soda as it will drink too much oil when frying. Mix them well followed by adding garam masala and red chilli powder. Now add water little by little and enough salt. Whisk it well to make it as soft batter. The batter consistency should not be too thick nor too thin. It should be in the consistency so that it can coat easy to plantain / raw banana.
In the mean time, heat a kadai and add required oil for deep frying. Now add the sliced plantain to the batter (drain the water as much as possible), dip & coat the batter to it. When the oil become hot, add the batter coated plantain to it and fry till golden brown on both sides.
Always do it in low medium flame.Once it gets fried crispy on both sides, remove it from oil and drain the excess oil using paper towel.
Serve it with hot Masala tea or Ginger tea. Enjoy yummy tea time snack.
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