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Indian Food

Indian Food
Recipe for Vegetable Fritters (Bajjis aka Bajjae)

Word of caution: The ingredients for the batter must be purchased from a local international/indian store.

1 cup (1 part) Besan (aka channa flour) Flour
1/3 cup Rice Flour
1/4 cup Corn Starch
2 tsp or more of Cumin seeds
Vegetable oil for deep-frying (amount depends on the pot you use. Have enough to envelope the fritters when you fry them)
1 Tsp of Red chilli powder (Kashmiri chilli powder )
1-2tsp Salt.

Use vegetables like : Onions, Zuccini, Bell Peppers, Sweet Potato, Potato, Green Beans, Egg Plant, etc.

To make batter, mix the dry ingredients with the cumin seeds and then add about 1 cup water, maybe just a little  less than a cup.
mix properly with your hands.
to test batter: dip a vegetable in and see if it coats it properly.

Once that is done, heat up veg oil in a pot on medium heat. wait patiently for it to get hot.

To test if the oil is ready : hold your frying apparatus (a spoon with holes in it) in the oil and observe to see if bubbles come off it, if yes, it is ready. if not, wait. another way to test, put in a coated vegetable and see if it starts bubbling!

Once Oil is ready start putting in dipped/coated veggies in there, carefully.
Fry on medium heat!!! otherwise veggies won't get cooked properly. each batch should take about 10 minutes: fry until brown on both sides.

Caution: DO not overload your pot with veggies, that will bring the temperature of the oil down! bad!

Once done, serve with ketchup or if your international/indian store has it: Tamarind and Mint chutney!

Enjoy!

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