Hungry and need a quick snack? Plantain Bhajia (valakkai bajji, aratikai bajji, plantain tempura) is one of those easy appetizer recipes you can make in minutes. Serve with ketchup and hot tea, and these vegetable appetizers will please any vegetarian.
Servings: 6 (makes about 20)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 2 medium plantains (raw banana), peeled,
- cut in half, and sliced into thin strips
- (as for chips, but slightly thicker)
- 1 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- Soda, a pinch
- Turmeric powder, a pinch
- 3/4 tsp red chilli powder or as needed
- 1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain seeds) crushed
- Salt to taste
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- Mix the besan, rice flour, salt, soda, chilli and turmeric powders. Add some water and mix it into a tight paste. Add a little more water to make a thick fritter batter.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan. To check if the oil is hot enough, put a drop of the batter into the oil. The batter should rise to the top quickly.
- Dip the banana piece in the batter, making sure it’s coated on all sides, and gently drop it into the oil. Repeat with the other pieces. Fry until golden brown.
- Serve hot with mint-coriander chutney or tomato sauce, and some hot masala chai.
If the plantain bhajias are browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium high.