Today’s recipe makes me nostalgic. When I was a kid, we lived in Theni, a small town 75 kilometers away from Madurai. Whenever we go to watch a movie, that too a particular cinema hall (it has been demolished now) I pester my mom to buy the onion bajji from a cart. I still remember that lovely aroma of those bajjis. The bajji’s batter coating was crisp whereas the onions were sweet and soft and eating those hot bajjis in a hurry was always fun. After taking a bite and realising that it was extremely hot and then using the hand as a fan to cool down the bits inside the mouth, Oh! What a great way to enjoy street food. But nowadays, after trying to recreate every dish in my kitchen, I don’t like to eat at street food joints. Guess, I have become old for that fun part. And I also don’t allow my daughter to buy from the carts. But I still need my daughter to enjoy those goodies and what a better way than making it at home?
Yesterday when my daughter returned from school, I made her these bajjis and she with a copy of Diary of a Whimpy Kid, enjoyed these. I made with just 1/2 cup of chickpea flour and three onions perfect for two shares. So if you are making it for more people, then increase the quantity accordingly. Usage of chilly powder differs according to one’s taste. If you like your bajjis hot, then add more. I have added the spice level which is perfect for my kid. And I also don’t add food colouring in my batter. But if you want them to look like those street food cart bajjis, then add a pinch or two of bajji colour to the batter. There are so many instant bajji mix packs available in the market, but I would recommend you to try this because it is very easy and doesn’t have any preservative and is totally purse friendly.
Besan/ Kadala Maavu/ Chickpea Flour-1/2 cup
Rice Flour/ Arisi Maavu- 2 tbs
Baking Powder-1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder-1/3 tsp
Onion-3 medium sized
Oil-to deep fry
In a bowl mix together besan, rice flour, baking powder, salt and red chilly powder.
Add water little by little until you have a thick smooth batter.
Slice onions into long thin slices.
Add it to the batter and mix well.
Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai.
Drop spoon full of batter into oil.
Fry four to five bajjis at a time depending on the size of the pan.
Flip the bajjis and fry them until golden.
Serve them hot with ketchup.