Capsicum Bajji, Bell Pepper Pakora
Capsicum Bajji – A delicious bhajia/bajji recipe made from green capsicum. Its less spicy taste makes a best alternative for Mirchi Bajji for non spicy food lovers.
Bajji’s/Bhajia’s are one of the best Indian snacks and nobody can deny it. They are made of variety of vegetables. Potatoes, Ridge Gourd, Squash, Green chillies, Brinjals, Capsicum, Bread etc., I have already posted Ridge Gourd Bajji on the blog.
My personal favourites are Mirchi Bajji and Brinjal Bajji. Mirchi Bajji is famous all over Andhra and Telangana Regions. While Brinjal Bajji is famous in Anantapur and Kurnool districts of Rayalaseema region in Andhra. I miss them so much now.
In Bangalore there is an exclusive eat street for vegetarians in V.V.Puram. I satisfy my bajji cravings by visiting this place every now and then. The capsicum bajji is very famous over there. Whole Capsicum is dipped in batter and then deep fried in oil. It is cut open filled with some masala powders, Chopped onions and lemon juice and served on news paper sheets. Trust me that guy will not have time even to stretch his hands.
While we cannot afford to have such a big deep frying pan and pour so much of oil, I have made certain modifications to keep the process simple and yet tasty. In this method I have cut the Capsicum into strips. This makes frying easier and also the capsicum wouldn’t be left raw.
The last time when I made this Capsicum Bajji, I made it little masaledar so that I can remember mirchi bajji while eating and it was yummy. Here are some serving suggestions.
1)Serve it with Tamarind or any other chutney of your choice.
2)Serve it with Tomato Ketchup
3)Mix finely chopped onions, shredded carrots, chopped coriander with salt, chilli powder and lemon juice. Serve as a salad on the side. Or slit open the prepared bajjis and gently stuff some quantity of the salad and serve.
Now let us see how to make this Capsicum Bajji
- Firm and Large Green Capsicum : 2
- Besan/Chickpea flour : 1 cup
- Jeera(Cumin Powder) : 1 tbsp
- Lemon Juice : 2 tbsp
- Cumin Seeds (Jeera) : 1 spoon
- Turmeric: A pinch
- Chilli Powder : 1 spoon
- Oil: For frying
- Baking Soda: A pinch
- Salt: To taste
- Cut the Capsicum length wise into strips
- Place them in a large bowl and sprinkle jeera powder and salt
- Add the lemon juice and mix well and keep it aside for 10 mins
- In another bowl add in chickpea flour
- To this add salt, turmeric and chilli powder, Baking Soda and water to make a thick batter
- Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and once hot, take each marinated capsicum strip and dip it in the prepared batter so that a thick coat is applied all over and drop it in hot oil
- Repeat this for a couple of strips and fry until it turns golden yellow colour.
- Take it out of the pan and place them on the absorbent paper to absorb to the extra.
- Repeat it for the next batches of marinated capsicum.
- Serve hot.