Bajji-A super 'anytime' snack...

Soon after our wedding we stayed in Chennai for a few months.The first place hubby dear took me to was to the famous Besant Nagar beach.The drive was long for we lived on the other side of the city and the traffic was heavy. To top it all,we could not find a parking space!Somehow hubby dear found one a little far away and we walked towards the beach.

The air was surprisingly cool and we crossed the sea of humans[that day being a weekend ,half the city dwellers seemed to have been present there].The long drive, the walk and the cool wind made me crave for something crunchy to eat.My tummy rumbled from the aroma arising from the nearby snack bar.

There was a huge crowd in front of that shop,I guess because of the hot bajji's they were selling. Hubby dear too got some,an assorted platter, that we enjoyed sitting on the cool sand with the water gently washing our feet..Wow,how good it felt......

Hubby dear loves Bajji so much that I once mentioned this to my mom and anytime we visit my parents ,mom would surely pass over a plate of Bajji's with a steaming cup of coffee.Even now if he wants a snack, bajji will be his first choice.

You need:

Rice flour-2 cups
Gram flour-1 cup
Salt-to taste
Chilli powder-2 tablespoon [Adjust to taste]
Asafoetida powder-a pinch
Oil- to deep fry
Thinly sliced vegetables of your choice.The commonly used ones are -Raw plantain,Potato,Onion,Brinjal,Chow-chow,Ridgegourd,cauliflower florets,Chillies

1.Mix the flours,salt,chilli powder,asafoetida .

2.Add water and prepare a batter.It should not be too watery or too thick.Dip a spoon into a batter.If it coats the spoon evenly,then its the right consistency.

3.Heat oil in medium flame in a pan.

4.Dip the vegetable slices in the batter and remove excess batter by lightly rubbing it off the edge of the vessel.

5.Gently drop them one by one into the hot oil.

6.Fry until golden brown and crisp.

7.Remove from oil and drain on absorbent paper.

Bajji can be served as such or with coconut chutney.

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