Marcha Na Bhajia (Crispy Chilli Fritters)

This is an absolute favourite in my household and I usually have to make extra as they are eaten up very quickly! These are lovely with masala chai on a Sunday afternoon.

Marcha Na Bhajia, (Crispy Chilli Fritters)

  • Servings: 2-3 people
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients
150gs or 1 1/2 cups besan (gram) flour
10-12 long green peppers
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon asafetida
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or as per taste requirements)
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon lemon juice
300ml water
Sunflower oil for frying

Method

  1. Wash and dry peppers. Set aside.

    Washed green peppers
    Washed green peppers
  2. Combine besan flour, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, asafetida, salt and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl and mix. 

    Besan flour with spices and salt
    Besan flour with spices and salt
  3. Add the lemon juice followed by small amounts of water. 

    Lemon juice and water added to besan flour
    Lemon juice and water added to besan flour
  4. Gently mix the batter together. Gradually add water to the flour mix to a smooth batter ensuring it is thick and without lumps. If the batter becomes thin add small amounts of besan flour to thicken it. 

    besan flour batter, Thick and smooth
    besan flour batter, Thick and smooth
  5. Remove stalk from peppers, cut length ways into two halves and de-seed.

    Sliced and de-seeded green peppers
    Sliced and de-seeded green peppers
  6. Add to besan batter and cover each pepper entirely with the batter mix.

    Peppers added to besan batter
    Peppers added to besan batter
  7. In a large kadai, heat sunflower oil. Ensure oil is hot.
  8. Take the green peppers dipped in besan batter and deep fry the peppers until golden brown. 

    Marcha Na Bhajia  (Crispy Chilli Fritters)
    Marcha Na Bhajia (Crispy Chilli Fritters)

Serve immediately with chutney of your choice and a cup of masala chai.

Let me know what you all think of this recipe and how well it went down with your family.

Best Wishes,

Krishna

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