Vegetable Fritters

Generally vegetable fritters are prepared using the batter made of cornstarch & all purpose flour but we, South Indians, use chickpea (Bengal gram) flour for the batter and prepare fritters using the locally grown vegetables. Nevertheless people with sensitive stomach used 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.  I have replaced baking soda with dosa batter that aids in digestion of gram flour and is useful to make the fritters fluffy. I have also added little ghee into the batter for the delicious aroma.

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Vegetable fritters

Now the recipe to make easily digestible gut-friendly vegetable fritters or bajji. We normally use the following vegetables for making fritters:

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Vegetables used for making bajji

Yields : 14 bajji & a bowl of of thool bajji


  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 batter ingredients

Batter for making fritters :

First we need to dry roast ajwain seeds & powder them using mortar & pestle, and then we can add all the ingredients to form a batter as shown below:

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Home-made bajji maavu

Frying vegetable fritters: 

Please refer the photos below that are self-explanatory for making bajji using various vegetables.

Milagai Bajji

chilli Vegetable Fritters

Vazhakkai Bajji

banana Vegetable Fritters

Kudamilagai Bajji

capsi Vegetable Fritters

Kathirikai Bajji

brinj Vegetable Fritters

Vengaya Bajji

onin Vegetable Fritters

Urulai kizhangu bajji

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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 fritters with with coconut chutney.

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Bajji with coconut chutney

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