Vegetable Bajji

Vegetable bajji are nothing but the fritters available in every cuisine across the globe. Crispy fritters are commonly prepared using the batter made of corn starch & all purpose flour. But we, South Indians, prepare fluffy fritters by deep frying the slices of locally grown vegetables dipped into the Bengal gram (chickpea) batter. Nevertheless, people with sensitive stomach prefer to avoid taking these fritters as gram flour causes flatulence & indigestion. So I have added powdered ajwain (omam seeds) that are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat stomach ache, indigestion, gastritis & flatulence.  Besides, I have replaced baking soda with dosa batter that aids in digestion of gram flour and is useful to make the bajji fluffy. I have also added little ghee into the batter for the delicious aroma.

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Vegetable bajji

Vegetable bajji recipe:

We normally use the following vegetables for making fluffy bajji: We also use herbs and keerai (greens) and make crispy fritters. Now the recipe to make easily digestible gut-friendly vegetable bajji.

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Vegetables used for making bajji

Yields : 14 bajji & a bowl of of thool bajji

Ingredients:

  1. Thin slices of vegetables of your choice
  2. Gram flour (chickpea flour or kadalai maavu) – 1 cup
  3. Rice flour – ¼ cup
  4. Fermented idli/ dosa batter – ¼ cup
  5. Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  7. Ajwain (carom seeds or omam) –  ½ tsp or oma water – 1 tbsp#
  8. Ghee –  ½ tsp (optional)
  9. Salt – 1 tsp
  10. Water for making batter- 1 cup
  11. Oil for deep frying

#We can replace ajwain seeds with oma water or ajwain water.

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Bajji maavu ingredients

Bajji maavu recipe :

Nowadays people use the store-bought bajji mix for making bajji & bonda. Here I have prepared the batter in the same way my grandmother used to prepare her batter. First I have dry roasted ajwain seeds & powdered them using mortar & pestle. Then I have prepared the bajji maavu as below.

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Homemade bajji maavu

How to make vegetable bajji: 

We just dip the slices of vegetables into the batter and deep fry them in hot oil. You can refer the photos below that are self-explanatory for making bajji using various vegetables.

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Cauliflower Bajji

Cauliflower florets should be cleaned well & blanched before frying them.

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Thool Bajji

With left-over batter we used to make thool bajji using roughly chopped vegetable(s).

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Mixed vegetable fritters

We usually serve these vegetable bajji with creamy coconut chutney.

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Bajji with coconut chutney

You may check out the recipes for other Indian snacks here.

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      1. Thank u! I tried some recently at a place nearby and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved them! ❤ When I go to make them, first stop! Megala : )?

  1. All in one batter..Tempting and delicious…Couldn’t wait to try this.. I would love to try this in monsoon. Goes perfect with tea.

  2. Drooling here looking at the bajji ! I like the addition of fermenbted idli dosa batter in the besan mixture!

  3. wonderful ! adding idli dosa batter and rice flour must give it a different taste as I usually use gram flour by itself. They look delicious!

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