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Who doesn’t love Bajjis? For all the bajji lover’s today i have for you all Banana Bajji or Balekayi Bajji one of the classic tea time snack in South India. Banana Bajji’s accompanied with a cup of hot tea .. awesome ..What more do we need for a nice evening refreshment!! It’s also one of those quick snacks that can be fixed when you have unexpected guests knocking at your door. Crisp from outside, soft inside , super tasty to taste and easy to make !!
What is Bajji ?
Bajjis are one of the easiest snack that can be prepared in no time when we have some unexpected guests. There are so many different types of popular bajjis like mirchi bajji , aloo bajji , stuffed mirchi bajji , onion bajji , capsicum etc . Basically, the vegetable is sliced, dipped in a batter made of besan, rice flour, chilli powder and few spices. These are then deep-fried till crisp. Bajjis are served hot usually with some chutney or tomato ketchup.
So of all the different types of Bajjis, that one can make, the chosen one for the day is Raw Banana. Raw Banana Bajji is known by different names in different parts of India like balekai Bajji / Balekai Podi ( Kannada ) , Vazhakkai Bajji ( Tamil ) , Aratikaya Bajji ( Telugu) etc . Thinly sliced fresh raw banana slices are dipped in spiced gram flour batter and deep-fried and the end result is just yumm !! The best part takes hardly 15 mins to make !! and a plate full of hot bajjis gets vanished in no time !!
To fry this balekai bajji I used Idhayam Mantra Groundnut oil , which made the snack tastier and more authentic. I loved how fresh and flavourful this oil tastes. As it does not reach the highest smoking point, IDHAYAM MANTRA keeps your food carcinogen-free and hence I can re use this oil for making dosa, sabzi , tadka etc. To know more about this oil, click here
Few points to note before making Raw Banana Bajji :
- Make sure you slice raw banana thin, as they will cook evenly.
- Add them in water and keep aside, prevents them from turning black.
- Addition of Rice flour makes the bajji s crispy. If you don’t have rice flour, you can add cornflour .
- Instead of ajwain you can use Jeera / skip both.
- The batter should not be too thick or thin. Making it too thin, will make bajji s drink oil .
- Ensure to deep-fry on medium flame, so that the bajjis get cooked from inside.
RAW BANANA BAJJI
- 2 nos Raw banana
- Oil to deep fry
For the bajji batter
- 1 cup Gram Flour / Besan
- 2 tbsp Rice flour
- 1/2 - 1 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric / Haldi
- a big pinch Hing / asafoetida
- 1/4 tsp Ajwain / oma
- 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- Salt to taste
To chop Raw Banana
- Cut the 2 edges, peel the skin from the raw banana using a peeler. Cut them into 2 equal pieces.
- Slice the raw banana into thin or medium sized pieces slices.
- Keep these slices immersed in water to avoid discoloration of the slices.
- To make bajji batter
- In a mixing bowl, mix besan,rice flour,ajwain,haldi,chilly powder,hing soda and salt.
- Add water little by little. Mix such that no lumps are formed.
- Batter should be slightly thicker than dosa batter consistency.
- Bajji batter is ready
To make raw banana bajji
- Drain the banana slices and spread on a kitchen towel / cloth . Let all the extra moisture dry out .
- Heat sufficient oil in a deep bottomed pan or kadai.
- Once the oil becomes hot, take each slice of banana and dip it in the batter to coat it evenly.
- Gently slide this coated banana slice into the oil and deep son both the sides till golden brown.
- Cook both sides until golden brown and crisp
- Once done transfer the bajjis on a tissue paper to drain excess oil.
- Enjoy hot hot balekai bajji as it is or with ketchup or cocomut chutney .