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Monday, 9 July 2012

Jalapeño Fritters | Molagai Bajji

It is perhaps unfair to post jalapeño two days in a row. But you need to know just how sinfully delectable both these dishes are. I wouldn't categorize either of these as "Healthy Foods". The baked cheese jalapeño, although 'baked' involves a ton of cheese; while these fritters avoid cheese but make up for the fat by frying in hot oil! Ideally, you could eat one. (or if you've been good & working out, then two! :P) Since these fritters are stuffed with mashed potatoes, you're left feeling full after just one or two. This is a very basic version. I wouldn't recommend spicing up the stuffing as the jalapeños are spicy.

Jalapeño Fritters Recipe | Mirchi Bhajiya recipe | Molagai Bajji Recipe
(Print this recipe)

Prep Time - 10 minutes
Fry time - 2-3 minutes
Makes - 4 big fritters

Jalapeños - 4
Boiled & mashed potatoes - 2 medium
Turmeric powder - a pinch (optional)
Chickpea flour (Besan) - 1 1/2 cups (300 grams)
Rice Flour - 1/2 cup (100 grams)
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Salt - 1/2 tsp or more (taste & adjust)
Asafoetida / Hing - a pinch (optional)
Baking Soda - 1/4  tsp (optional)
Water - 300 ml (as required)
Vegetable Oil, for deep frying

Heat oil.
1. Cut the top of the peppers out. Slice them through the middle and remove all the seeds inside (this reduces the spiciness). Don't cut them completely. Cut up to three fourth of the length of the jalapeno.
2. In a mixing bowl, add chickpea flour (besan), rice flour, salt, asafoetida, red chili powder, baking soda & mix well
3. Add enough water to make it into a thick, yet liquid-y batter. Keep aside.
4. Mix boiled & mashed potatoes with a pinch of salt ad turmeric powder. (you could also use other spices but keep in mind that it shouldn't overpower the jalapeno's taste)
5. Slowly, without breaking the chili, stuff as much as potato you can into the chilli.
6. Dip the chili completely in the batter
7. Deep fry in hot oil on both the sides until golden brown. (Once the fritters are in the oil, reduce the flame to medium so as to not burn the fritters. Fry on both sides for around 2 minutes)
8. Slice and serve with ketchup! :)
If you don't have a pan large enough to fit a big jalapeno, cut them into halves & quarteres before dipping into the batter & deep frying


  1. This is one of my favourite street foods.. I've cried a lot having these cz of the heat. But still I love them... I've never had stuffed ones. I guess I should make them at home. I'm craving for molagai bajji now... this is unfair ;)

  2. Feel like grabbing and having this yummy bajji rite now.

  3. These must be very delicious! Love your chickpea rice batter.

  4. That looks really tempting Kavi...

  5. very delicious mirch bajjis..perfect for d monsoons..

  6. Want to have it now along with my cup of tea :-)

  7. Wow!! Amazingly delicious snack!! New to your blog.. Your posts are awesome.. Glad to follow you.. Do visit my blog in your spare time..

  8. Oh I love chillies and anything spicy! What could be better than some stuffed mirch pakoras!:) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving nice words.

  9. Delicious fritters! Looks so tempting..


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  10. gr8 your presentation
    Tasty Appetite

  11. Super tempting fritters,looks absolutely divine and inviting..

  12. YUM-O 1 i love stuffed peppers.

  13. O-M-G, exactly what I need right now! I have a Jalapeno in my fridge, and have been wondering what to do with it. And then I found your recipe! Simply great!

    Take care,

  14. love love love this... now i need to go find myself some peppers to make bajji :-) never stuffed potatoes.. new idea to me

  15. Hey...!! Cool man.Such a great work.I like it

  16. oh my GOd. i love this post and it is so mouth watering i cant transplantation UK


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