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May 10, 2013


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This is my first post on bajji recipes. Myself and Sendhil loves bajji a lot. My MIL makes this onion bajji / vengaya bajji very often as an evening snack especially for guests. I have seen my friends making bajji with store bought readymade bajji mix. I had a thought that bajji batter is very difficult to prepare at home. But when I saw my MIL making bajji, I felt it so easy and it can be done in no time.

Before marriage, I have seen my mom making bajji on Diwali. She makes all the varieties ( i.e. Raw banana, brinjal, onion, potato) in one go. We choose our favourite among them and enjoy eating it along with sweets. Both mom & Mil follows the same recipe. Its so simple.. 

The ratio of besan flour & rice flour is 3:1. For this ratio, you’ll get a crispy exterior & a soft interior. Addition of cooking soda/ baking soda is also very important to get a puffy bajji. Otherwise bajji won’t bulge and it will be flat. Too much of cooking soda makes the bajji absorb more oil.  Adding a pinch would do. If you make bajji with store bought mix, try this recipe for a change. U’ll love it and you’ll stop buying the readymade ones.

bajji closeup

1 cup - 250ml
  • Besan flour / Kadala maavu – 3/4 cup
  • Rice flour / Arisi maavu – 1/4 cup
  • Cooking soda / baking soda – A big pinch
  • Orange food color – A pinch (optional)
  • Red chilli powder – 1.5 tsp ( add 1 tsp for less spice)
  • Hing/Asafetida – 1/4tsp
  • Ajwain/ omam/ Carom seeds OR cumin seeds/ jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – As needed
  • Water – 3/4 - 1 cup ( adjust)

  • Peel , wash and cut the head & tail portions of onions & slice into 1/4 inch thick rings. You can cut the onion with skin to get slices evenly. Set aside. 
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  • In a wide bowl , mix all the flours, powders, Ajwain / carom seeds or cumin seeds, salt and add water to make a slightly watery batter( like dosa batter). If you make it too watery, bajji will have tails. At the same time , thick batter yeilds hard bajjis. The batter should be slightly thick & flow like a ribbon. It should coat the onion pieces well. Adjust water & flour accordingly. Dip the onion rings in the batter & coat it well.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai and check with a drop of batter to find the correct heating If you put a drop of batter , the batter will rise immediately and floats on top. As soon as you get this heating point , simmer the flame and drop the onion rings coated well with batter..
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  • Deep fry till the color changes golden brown and the bubbles ceases..Flip it and again cook for a minute. Drain & remove in a tissue paper..
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Serve hot immediately..We love to have with coconut chutney !!

bajji piece

  • Addition of food color gives a nice color to bajji as you see in stalls..
  • My mom & mil adds cumin seeds but i used ajwain for an enhanced flavour. Use any as per ur wish.
  • Please don’t skip adding baking soda . It gives a puffy , soft bajji. Make sure u don’t add much because bajji will be very oily and it is unhealthy too..
  • Adjust the consistency of batter.. Batter should not be too thin or too thick. If ur batter has become too thin , add besan & rice flour in 3:1 ratio and adjust the batter..If it is too thick add more water. Always add the extra water using a tbsp & check it..

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Radha Natarajan said...

really appreciate your pics, recipe and the description especially the tails part! so true! even a novice can now prepare bajjis after reading your details and instructions.Often I myself buuy ready powders to see how different they are from home made ones.Nothing to beat fresh home made batter.

Unknown said...

I never buy the ready made batter..always love the homemade ones..looks yumm..nice pics..

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

good one and tempting me to the core !

Unknown said...

its perfectly made..

Chitra said...

Thank u so much.Ur comments are really encouraging :)Do try this recipe & leave ur feedback :)

Chitra said...

Thank u friends :)

Home Cooked food said...

nice tempting snack.

Meenu said...

Tempting bajiis

Vikis Kitchen said...

OMG , I love this bajji very much and having one photo in my draft for a long time But yours look very pretty and makes me very hungry:)
Regarding the corn tortilla: I have left the answer in my home made corn tortilla recipe. But FYI: You can inquire a nearby dry grinding flour mill, if they can make this corn flour from makka cholam (yellow corn). wheat tortillas also can make similar wraps and are equally popular. Try and let me know.

Divya Shivaraman said...

First time your space...nothing beats bajji's...happy to follow you :)

Chitra said...

Thank u so much dear. Will surely try with wheat flour and let u know :)

Sudha Sabarish said...

Wow chitra crispy and tasty bajji is tempting me a lot.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Gorgeous!

Reni said...

Perfect,tasty & crisp Bajjis !

Gajus kitchen said...

looks perfect and I too love to add ajwain in bajji

Vimitha Durai said...

Perfect for a cuppa tea... yummm

Lifewithspices said...

perfect;y made onion bajjis n chai

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

looks absolutely inviting
Tasty Appetite

Sukanya said...

Wonderful pictures and step by step instructions. Your blog is my first stop when i venture to try interesting/different items.

Wish to share a tip that I do to avoid the soda and always succeed in getting crispy bajjis.

In the dry mix of mavus, I add one/two tsp of oil hot (that i will use to fry bajji), mix the mavus and oil before adding water to make the batter.

Also I have used 50% kadala mavu and 50% pottukadala mavu and get crispy and soft bajjis.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much sukanya. will try ur tip for soda replacement..Adding pottukadala maavu is also a good idea. Thanks for sharing dear :)

Anonymous said...

Good one. Nice recipe thanks for sharing it with us. I love to have it. M also writing Crepe Recipe for those who love crepe.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Made 2 days back and turned yummy.Water measurement was very useful for me as this is the first time i tried.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for the feedback. I am so glad u liked it :)

Achu said...

How much bajji's will your recipe make? thank you.

Chitra said...

10-12 i feel