September 26, 2016

Vazhakkai Bajji | Plantain / Raw Banana Fritters

Vazhakkai bajji is most simple & popular South Indian snack served with coconut chutney.  My first favourite is chilly, onion and then it is vazhakkai bajji.  Perfect evening snack for kids & with tea. I like to have it hot with tomato ketchup....

Ingredients :

  1. Plantain / Raw Banana / Vazhakkai - 1 small sized
  2. Besan / Gram flour - 1/2 cup
  3. Rice flour - 3 tbsp
  4. Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Hing - a pinch
  7. Garlic powder - a pinch
  8. Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Baking soda - a pinch
  10. Oil for deep frying

Method :

1.   Peel the plantain skin off and slice them thinly.  

2.   Mix together gram flour, rice flour, salt, chilly powder, cumin powder, hing, garlic powder, baking soda & a tsp of hot oil with enough water.  The batter should resemble like dosa / pancake batter.

3.   Heat oil over medium heat, dip the sliced plantain in the besan batter and deep fry them until golden brown on either side.  Drain the excess oil in the kitchen paper towel and serve.

Enjoy with chutney.

Note :

1.  Soak the cut plantain pieces in salted water to avoid browning.
2.  Adjust the oil heat everytime for even colouring.
3.  1 tbsp of cornflour can be added for more crispy texture.

September 23, 2016

Curry Leaf | Karuvepillai Powder for Rice !!!

Curry leaf podi is one among the powders staple in my kitchen.  They come in very handy during the busy / lazy days.  Sprinkle some curry leaf podi over hot rice and a dash of ghee with some appalam makes my meal awesome.  

Ingredients :
  1. Curry leaves - 2 cups
  2. Pottu kadalai / Roasted gram - 3/4 cup
  3. Urad dal - 2 tbsp
  4. Dry coconut - 2 tbsp
  5. Red chilly - 4 nos
  6. Salt
  7. Tamarind - lemon sized
  8. Asafoetida - a pinch

How to cook :
  • Wash & drain the curry leaves and then dry them on a kitchen towel until the moisture is absorbed.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients till light brown in color. Finally add the dry coconut & toss for couple of min. Switch off the heat.

  • Allow the mixture to cool.
  • Grind them to a fine powder.

Enjoy with steamed rice.
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